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Engaging with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka in restoring a village tank

 IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka Office (IUCN SL) is negotiating with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka (HSBC) to enter into an agreement to restore a village small tank to bring back its original ecosystem functions.   

09 Feb 2011 | News story
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Ecosystems for Life, meeting

Project Advisory Committee for ‘Ecosystems for Life’ established

The joint Project Advisory Committee for ‘Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative’ met for the first time on 7 February 2011 in Dhaka to finalise issues of joint research. …  

08 Feb 2011 | Article

Standard Chartered Bank and International Union for Conservation of Nature Forge Partnership

Biological diversity of Sri Lanka is significantly important both at regional and a global scale and Sri Lanka has the highest species density (number of species per 10,000 sq. km) for flowering plants, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals in the Asian region. Furthermore, Sri Lanka is declared as one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world.  

03 Feb 2011 | News story
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The World Wetlands Day Celebrated at Sonmiani, Balochistan

Karachi: February 02, 2011 The World Wetlands Day was jointly celebrated by Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development (BPSD) of IUCN Pakistan, Lasbela District Government, Lasbela Civil Society Network (LCSN), Balochistan Mahigeer Itehad(BMI), Sonmiani Development Organization (SDO), Coastal Organization CARD, Society for Conservation Dam (SSDCN), Sahil Welfare Organization-Gadani and the Media. The event was organized at Sonmiani Lasbela, which is one of the 19 wetlands and Ramsar sites in Pakistan. …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

(back: left to right) Mr Farid Ahmed, Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan (PhD),  
    Dr Mohammad Nasiruddin and     Dr Ronald Halder with the newly elected leaders of the Central Co-Management Committee for Tanguar Haor.

Conserve wetlands to save biodiversity

World Wetlands Day was observed on 2 February 2011 in Dhaka with the full focus on Tanguar Haor, a unique wetland ecosystem and the second Ramsar site in Bangladesh, which has both national and global significance. …  

02 Feb 2011 | Event

World Wetlands Day-2011, celebrated at Shaheed-e-Millat, Government College for Women at Karachi

Karachi: IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with Shaheed-e-Millat Government College for Women organised the World Wetlands Day 2011 at the auditorium of the college. The slogan for the year is: “Wetlands and Forests”.  …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention

IUCN congratulates the Ramsar Convention on its 40th anniversary

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana

Raise the value of forests, says IUCN

A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2011 | International news release

Wetlands of Viet Nam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story

Flooded forests in the Tonle Sap Preak Toel wetlands, Cambodia

Lower Mekong River communities celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day, an international day focused on highlighting the importance of wetlands to community livelihoods and aims to raise public awareness of wetland values. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story