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Tahir Qureshi

A blessing in disguise

Tahir Qureshi – Pakistan

“In 1984, when I was a Divisional Forest Officer, I was kidnapped in the thick forest of Dadu, in southern Pakistan. The armed gang kept me in captivity for two nights but it seemed like a thousand years. My confidence was shattered and my career took a turn for what I thought at the time was the worst. After this, I decided to work on coastal conservation. This change, which involved restoring mangroves, was actually a blessing in disguise. It gave me a platform to chart completely unexplored territory in Pakistan.” …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Mrs. Teerasignha (standed, far right) with members of the Koh Tao, Surat Thani government, Klang’s Mayor, IUCN, and Save Koh Tao Community group

Koh Tao Island preserves paradise by managing waste

Koh Tao in Surat Thani province celebrated “Preserving Paradise: Save Koh Tao Festival” on March 26-26 marking the island’s dedication to protect the sea and island environment. IUCN Thailand, an active partner of MFF, supported the local Green Island Movement’s “Waste Management Exhibition and Practice Demonstration” during the festival. A forum organized by IUCN brought community leaders and members, and government representatives from Koh Tao and Surat Thani province, to discuss waste management initiatives in schools, households, and tourism establishments. The attendees affirmed the need for balance between preserving Koh Tao’s natural environment and developing economic opportunities from tourism and other activities. The island’s Waste Management program allows villagers, tourists, tour operators, and provincial authorities to maintain this balance. …  

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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River in the South

Thai RBOs assessment discussion

 IUCN Thailand held a consultation meeting on 24 March to discuss an assessment of River Basin Organizations (RBOs). It was proposed to use the Chi River Basin as a case study to help understand the situation of RBOs, their strengths and weakness in Khon Kean, the second largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.   
 

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Mae Chan River Basin Dialogue

 A meeting to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue was held on 20 March. More than 30 representatives attended from the Land Development Office, the Agriculture Office, Non-government organizations and communities along Mae Chan River Basin. The participants shared their knowledge of the water and land use situation for integrated management of the Mae Chan River Basin of the Mekong Catchment in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. The outcomes of the dialogue have laid foundations for the discussions of water management for Indigenous people, planned in April.    

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Call to Action: Conservation of Gibbons in Lao PDR

Developed for the project “Conservation Action Planning for Gibbons in Lao PDR”, this Call to Action highlights the gibbon species of Lao PDR, threats to their continued survival and requirements for their conservation. The project is being implemented by IUCN Lao PDR and Fauna & Flora International, partnering with the Division for Forest Resources Conservation. Funded by the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, with contributions from the Arcus Foundation and Mohammed Bin Zayid Foundation, the planning process aims to engage important stakeholders, improve knowledge of gibbon populations, and leverage future support for their conservation. …  

31 Mar 2011 | Event
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IUCN Press Trip to Sian Ka'an, Mexico, COP 16

From Bangkok to Durban: Time to act on Cancun deal

The first round of UN climate change negotiations since the Cancun summit in December, being held in Bangkok from April 3-8, will start on the work plan agreed at Cancun for 2011. The aim of the meeting is to build on the Cancun agreements and to work towards establishing a new global climate change regime, to complement or replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period expires in late 2012. …  

31 Mar 2011 | News story

Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

Search for Nature Photojournalist of the Year

Photojournalists, both professional and amateur, are invited to enter the first ever Nature Images Awards organised by IUCN and French nature magazine Terre Sauvage. Judges will be looking for entries which use inspirational images of nature to demonstrate the unique relationship between people and the natural world. …   | Chinese

29 Mar 2011 | News story

(left to right) Mesbah ul Alam and Munjurul Hannan Khan, Secretary and Deputy Secretary (Environment) to the Ministry of Environment respectively.

Holistic approach is vital to combat climate change

Government, industry, community groups, individuals and all sections of the community have a part to play in responding to climate change, experts said at a discussion on 24 March 2011. …  

28 Mar 2011 | News story

Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009

Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2009

A pulication by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Goverment of the People's Republic of Bangladesh 

26 Mar 2011 | Downloads - publication

Workshop participants gather to discuss ideas for wetland management.

Wetlands management moving forward in the Lower Mekong Region

With the accession of Lao PDR to the Ramsar Convention in 2010, all the countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin are now Contracting Parties to the Convention. In order to assist the Lao government in their implementation of the Convention, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, together with additional support from the Ramsar Secretariat, organized a workshop from 21 - 25 March 2011 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. …  

25 Mar 2011 | Event