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Earth Day 2011

Celebrate Earth Day with a Billion Acts of Green!

IUCN Member, Earth Day Network is calling for unprecedented levels of environmental action to mark Earth Day 2011 today. …  

22 Apr 2011 | News story

Ferry commuters on Bhramaputra river, India

Water security and climate change: India Water Forum explores solutions

Water security and climate change were the main focus of the newly organised India Water Forum (IWF), which took place in New Delhi from 13-15 April. This inaugural international water conference aims at exploring solutions for sustainable governance and integrated management of water resources. …  

20 Apr 2011 | News story

A freshwater turtle (Nilssonia hurum) is caught by a fisherman in Tanguar Haor for consumption. Many turtles species are heavily exploited for food in Southeast Asia.

Raising community awareness to save freshwater turtles in Tanguar Haor

IUCN Bangladesh is using a wide range of public awareness activities to protect freshwater turtles and conserve biodiversity in Tanguar Haor, a Ramsar site of international importance. …  

20 Apr 2011 | News story

The Hatirghata was one of 12 beels surveyed by IUCN in Tanguar Haor.

Globally endangered waterfowl spotted in Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh

One Baer's Pochard, a globally endangered species, was recently spotted in Tanguar Haor by an IUCN survey team. …  

18 Apr 2011 | News story

Shahriar Rahman, GIS Associate, IUCN Bangladesh, works with community members to validate the GPS data.

Conserving nature and wildlife through participatory GIS

IUCN Bangladesh is working with participatory geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping applications to improve spatial planning for community-based conservation projects. …  

18 Apr 2011 | News story

Shamen Vidanage

Mr Shamen Vidanage assumes duties as the Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office

Mr Shamen Vidanage assumes responsibility as the Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office with effect from April 2011. 

18 Apr 2011 | News story
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Fishermen on the Mekong, Lao PDR

One river, many countries: Sharing the mighty Mekong

Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Community based adaptation: local solutions for a global concern

Community-based adaptation is about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change. At the recent 5th annual conference on “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, researchers, practitioners and policymakers gathered to share knowledge and experience in planning and practicing adaptation at different levels. …  

06 Apr 2011 | News story

Thais pay respect to Nature, Doi Mae Salong,Thailand

Thais pay respect to Nature in WWD

   The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest.  

05 Apr 2011 | News story
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Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability

Concluding in 2009, the research project “Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability”, was supported by the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, Sumernet. Utilizing a combination of desk-based research and field work carried out in northern and southern Lao PDR, China and Vietnam, this study examines the investment trends, market linkages and business models that are driving the development of rubber in Lao PDR, focusing on the ties between the Lao rubber sector and those of its neighbours. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Event
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