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Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees

Sea Turtle Conservation: Building Awareness and Knowledge for Local Communities

A training workshop about implementing an extra-curricular lesson series, “Protecting Sea Turtles and their Habitat” was conducted in mid-March for more than 30 junior high school teachers in the two coastal communes of Hai An and Trieu Lang in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

‘Burn oh burn’ – an entry on the topic of climate change

IUCN Encourages Youth Participation in Environment Protection

IUCN and WWF, powered by Nokia launched a new international online community on March 4 at This is where young people can express their opinions about the environment by uploading videos, pictures and comments. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Van Long Wetlands, Viet Nam

MONRE and IUCN Celebrate World Wetlands Day 2008

Viet Nam celebrated World Wetlands Day in Van Long Wetlands, Ninh Binh Province on February 22 and 23. This year’s theme was “Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People”. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Participants to the Forest Protection and Development Law training workshop

Strengthening Law Enforcement for Biodiversity: Local Watch-dog Capacity Improved

A training workshop on Forest Protection and Development Law implementation was held from 27 to 28 February in Lam Dong Province for local judges, prosecutors, environmental inspectors, forest rangers, and environmental policemen. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Team work during the PES training needs assessment.

Payment for Ecosystem Services: Training Needs Gauged for Local Government

'Payments for Ecosystem Services' (PES) is a relatively new concept internationally and in Viet Nam. To support the use of PES for biodiversity conservation, training on PES is needed for relevant government staff at all levels. …  

24 Mar 2008 | News story

Ghodaghodi Lake, Nepal

From Vision to Action: Wetland Project Takes Off

The conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in Nepal project officially kicked-off today through an inception workshop. The project is first of its kind to undertake a combination of building institutional capacity, enhancing collaborative management of wetland resources, linking practice into policy, and pilot interventions by addressing a range of ecological, economic and social challenges in two of Nepal's four Ramar sites - Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and Ghodaghodi Lake Complex. …  

24 Mar 2008 | Event

Climate change phenomenon is a reality – poses serious water and food security threats

Inclusive policies and an urgent action plan required to minimize the threats Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu Kashmir, 18 March, 2008 (IUCN) – A Seminar titled Climate Change: The Phenomenon and its Impacts was held on March 18, 2008 at the Neelum View Hotel, Muzaffarabad. Jointly organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Pakistan’s AJK Programme, the purpose of the Seminar was to raise awareness about the issue with a special focus on AJK. The initiative has been funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). …  

18 Mar 2008 | International news release

Participants group discussion

Exploring Ways to Equitable Benefit Sharing

Can non timber forest products really help to reduce rural poverty and if so, how can they be more effectively used to balance human and conservation needs? Hills and mountains of Nepal's Himalaya are a treasure-trove of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and associated indigenous and traditional knowledge wealth. Have they been given adequate attention to cope with issues such as unsustainable harvesting and habitat loss linking conservation with livelihoods? …  

12 Mar 2008 | Event

View of Mt. Everest from Sagarmatha Natioal Park

Workshop on the governance of protected areas in Nepal

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Nepal and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) facilitated the organization of a workshop on January 20, 2008, on the governance system of protected areas in Nepal. The workshop was primarily aimed at sharing experiences and knowledge towards effective and equitable system of protected areas, exploring protected areas governance mechanisms and how they can further the CBD Programme of Work (PoW) on Protected Areas. …  

12 Mar 2008 | Event

World Heritage Convention Workshop opening speech by Mr. Narayan Belbase, Acting Coutry Representation, IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Making the Most of World Heritage Convention in Nepal

IUCN Nepal organised an interactive forum on February 21, 2008, on protected areas and World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Organised jointly by the Office of the Vice Chair, WCPA South Asia and IUCN Nepal, the session was chaired by Dr. Uday Raj Sharma, Vice Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) South Asia. The half-day deliberation primarily stimulated thinking on how World Heritage Sites can support conservation and develop concrete ways for progressive policy interventions in Nepal. …  

11 Mar 2008 | Event