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Rhino in the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the road to recovery

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in the eastern Himalaya foothills of India has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …  

21 Jun 2011 | International news release

China World Heritage Tentative List Workshop

A World Heritage Tentative List workshop co-organised by the Chinese Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and IUCN was held on the 30th May 2011 in Beijing, China. The aim of the workshop was to discuss China’s current tentative list for World Heritage Sites (WHS) and to establish a clear strategy for reviewing the existing tentative list of China, and identifying suitable sites for future World Heritage (WH) nomination. …   | Chinese

21 Jun 2011 | Article

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Mr. Javed Jabbar, global IUCN Vice President and Asia Regional Councilor during the press briefing on the World Day to Combat Desertification

IUCN Pakistan celebrated the World Day to Combat Desertification

Karachi, June 16, 2011 (IUCN)

A Press Briefing was organized by IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with Baanhn Beli and FPCCI (Environment & CSR) at IUCN Country Programme Office. A few presentations were made by the experts on the benefits of the drylands and threats faced by them. Mr. Javed Jabbar, global IUCN Vice President and Asia Regional Councilor informed the particpants that the World Day to Combat Desertification is observed every year on June 17th  all over the world. The aim of the United Nations in designating a day of observance is to sensitize the public and media to the increasing dangers of desertification, land degradation and drought. …  

16 Jun 2011 | International news release

Participants see board "Say No to Plastic Bag" at Cu Lao Cham MPA Communications Center.

Vietnam’s MPAs and marine turtle conservation: issues and opportunities

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a resource management tool that can be used to slow down and eventually reverse degradation of coastal ecosystems. Globally, scientists have recognized the value of MPAs, especially no-take marine reserves, in improving marine ecosystem health, including the viability of fisheries (NCEAS 2001). Furthermore, MPAs can help to support alternative livelihoods by promoting sustainable use of coastal resources of coastal resources such as ecotourism (Agardy 1993). Science-based MPA planning is underway in many countries (e.g., Osmond et al. 2010) with positive results for communities and ecosystems on which the depend (Samonte et al. 2010, Palumbi 2002). …   | Vietnamese

16 Jun 2011 | News story

The Chi River's farmers have succeeded in developing a community cooperative to grow and sell organic vegetables through major supermarkets across the country.

River basin management supports prospering livelihood strategy

 On 13 June members of the Chi River Basin Organisation committee gathered to discuss national integrated water resource management and river basin management in northeast Thailand. The aim was to consolidate information for use in influencing water policy and improve water governance in Thailand.  

15 Jun 2011 | News story
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Local people using water tap to wash clothes

Groundwater in the Mekong Delta

Groundwater provides valuable services to the Mekong Delta. These include the supply of drinking water to millions and the prevention of salt water intrusion. Yet this resource is effectively invisible and consequently ignored by policy makers. The paper “Groundwater in Mekong Delta” looks at groundwater conditions and trends in the Vietnamese portion of the delta. It argues that the extensive hydrological manipulation of the delta, particularly through the construction of dykes that separate the river network from the floodplain and the unregulated extraction of groundwater has severe economic, environmental, and social impacts. …   | Vietnamese

14 Jun 2011 | Article

DIFID Workshop

Planning and Learning Workshop of the project, ‘Improving Natural Resource Governance for Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka’

IUCN Headquarters and Sri Lanka Country Office organised a Planning and Learning Workshop of the ‘Improving Natural Resource Governance for Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka’ project at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo during 8-9 June, 2011 with its partners, The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ)  and Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). The revised work plan with the emphasis on expected impacts were agreed upon at the workshop.  

13 Jun 2011 | News story
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Mr. Nguyen Duc Tu - IUCN Vietnam presented at scientific workshop, side event of World Environment Day Celebration

Workshop on biodiversity conservation and wetlands management in Bac Kan

In response to MONRE’s request for support for the World Environment Day and the International Year of Forests 2011, IUCN cooperated with MONRE’s Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) to organize a workshop on biodiversity conservation and wetlands management in Ba Be on June 4, 2011. …   | Vietnamese

13 Jun 2011 | News story

Participants visited and exchanged at Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park

Issues in integrated watershed forest and river basin management in Vietnam: what are the next steps?

On May 23-24, 2011, participants from across the Mekong countries and beyond met in Da Lat for a conference about forests, watershed management, and IWRM. The conference was organised by the Centre for Biodiversity (CBD), Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), a Finnish-funded and IUCN-coordinated initiative, Bioforsk, a Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vietnam River Network (VRN), a local NGO, and Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park. …   | Vietnamese

13 Jun 2011 | News story