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Large spider from Lawachara National Park; a hub of biodiversity in north-east Bangladesh

Study demands new strategy to save species

A team of scientists working in partnership with IUCN has revealed that intergovernmental commitments to expand global protected areas could still leave many species in danger of disappearing from our planet. …  

02 Jul 2014 | Article

Kok Klang villagers and students attending the scientific climate story workshop

Combining science with local knowledge: Ecosystem-based adaptation in Kok Klang village, Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand is working with villagers in Kok Klang, Sakon Nakhon, to implement ecosystem and community-based climate adaptation and resilience building initiatives. …  

01 Jul 2014 | Article

With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, the Mekong is the world’s most valuable inland fishery

Viet Nam ratified 1997 UN Watercourses Convention

In February 2013, Jake Brunner and Robert Mather published an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post entitled “After Xayaburi, It's time for some hydrodiplomacy". Amongst other issue this identified gaps in the existing legal instruments and policy mechanisms available to Mekong countries in effectively and equitably addressing issues of trans-boundary resource management in general and in particularly in the case of the Mekong River itself. …  

30 Jun 2014 | Article

Group discussion during the training

Project Cycle Management training helps partners design better climate change adaptation pilot projects

An important goal of IUCN’s Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project is to build the capacity of local government to design, implement, and monitor community based climate change adaptation pilot project. BCR is supporting the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Women's Union, Commune People's Committees, and Forest Management Boards in Kien Giang, Soc Trang and Can Gio to implement 10 pilot projects.  …   | Vietnamese

30 Jun 2014 | News story
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Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen

Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), however. Trekking hundreds of kilometers through the dense jungle of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) each year, these teams are successfully protecting this unique creature from poachers – not one has been killed this century. SOS grantee, the International Rhino Foundation’s (IRF) Bill Konstant details just how elusive these creatures are.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

Damrey storm damage - Thai Binh Province, Viet Nam

The world after 2015 – ecosystem management integral to climate-resilient development

Human and financial losses caused by climate-related disasters have risen significantly over the past few years. The year 2011 saw the highest economic losses due to disasters in history, at USD 370 billion. These losses are expected to increase as climate change impacts intensify and development patterns expose more industrial and private property. …  

27 Jun 2014 | Article

The Okavango Delta

Iconic Okavango Delta becomes 1,000th World Heritage site

Doha, Qatar, 22 June 2014 (IUCN) – Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic natural areas on the planet, has been listed as 1,000th World Heritage site today. The decision follows the recommendation of IUCN, UNESCO’s advisory body on nature. …  

22 Jun 2014 | International news release

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

Villagers from Huai Kang Pla discussing climate risks in different livelihood sectors

Understanding local climate vulnerabilities: The climate story of three villages in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand is working with local communities in Loh Yo, Hae Ko and Huai Kang Pla villages of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, to implement ecosystem and community-based climate adaptation and resilience building initiatives. …  

19 Jun 2014 | Article