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Irrawaddy Dolphins in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Marine Mammal Symposium in Phnom Penh: Drawing lessons for trans-boundary dolphin conservation

While more research is needed to assess the population and trans-boundary movements of dolphins along the Thai-Cambodian border, local fishing communities should be closely involved in the monitoring and protection of Irrawaddy dolphins and other cetacean species. Promoting sustainable fisheries, along with strengthening local monitoring networks, are among the key activities that will help protect these species, which are important indicators of the health of coastal ecosystems. …  

08 Apr 2015 | Article

Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia, Sept 2009

IUCN welcomes Mongolia as a new State Member

The Government of Mongolia has announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism has been designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Government of Mongolia.  | French | Spanish

02 Apr 2015 | News story

Pangolin scales for sale in Asia

World leaders reaffirm commitment to reducing illegal wildlife trade

Heads of state, ministers and high-level representatives of over 30 countries and Regional Economic Integration Organisations have adopted the Kasane Statement to reaffirm their commitment to ending the illegal wildlife trade. The statement was adopted at the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on 25 March in Botswana and organised by the Government of Botswana with the support of the UK government. …  

27 Mar 2015 | News story

Mekong Basin

Fresh approach to water solutions in Lao

Communities living near the Mekong River depend on fishing for food and income, but many fish species are in decline. To improve conditions FISHBIO, and its Conservation Director Harmony Patricio, have evaluated the effectiveness of existing Freshwater Protected Areas (FPAs) in the Mekong River Basin of Lao PDR by training locals in data collection.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao BKN Biodiversity Survey

Survey calls for stronger enforcement of wildlife laws in Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site

The Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province, Lao PDR, was designated as a Ramsar site in 2010 because it provides feeding and spawning grounds for many species of fish and birds. The wetland is one of the few areas in Lao PDR that contains peatlands and supports traditional elephant rearing. It also has significant cultural value for local communities because of its proximity to Phou Asa, an important sacred mountain. …  

26 Mar 2015 | Downloads - publication

Regional Symposium on Sea Turtle Concludes - Landmark Judgment by the High Court

The two-day Regional Symposium on marine turtles and their conservation concluded in Karachi today, where experts from different countries participating in the event shared valuable experiences in turtle conservation in their countries, and provided best practices for Pakistan to follow. …  

25 Mar 2015 | Article

Mr. Darshan Dhami in his goat farm

FFF Programme Improving Local Livelihoods

 IUCN Nepal in partnership with the Federation of Community Forestry User Group of Nepal (FECOFUN) and Federation of Cottage and Small Scale Industry (FNCSI), is implementing Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) initiatives in Nepal to build the capacity of small holders’ producer groups to improve access to business services. …  

25 Mar 2015 | Article

Seagrass beds support hundreds of marine organisms

Putting a price on the seagrass wetlands of Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu

IUCN India, in partnership with the GIZ and the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, are implementing a project to economically valuate the ecosystem services provided by the seagrass beds of Palk Bay. This is the first time a project of this nature will be undertaken for seagrasses in India. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

Women from the JLGs discussing livelihood interventions.

Building opportunities for fisher-women in Tamil Nadu: the power of micro-financing

Up t 87% of the poorest households in India do not have access to credit; 380 million are in need of microfinance services. Unequal education opportunities and access to business prospects has resulted in stunted economic security, particularly amongst women in coastal communities. This is where Small Grant Facility projects in India, under the Mangrove for the Future initiative (implemented by IUCN), are making a difference.  …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

An IMFFS prototype pond in Tamil Nadu

An integrated fisheries mangrove approach to addressing food security and poverty allieviation in coastal India

Aquaculture around the world has grown at an impressive rate in the last decade. It has helped to produce more fish, kept the prices of fish relatively stable, and made seafood more accessible to consumers. With over 16% of global animal protein sourced from fish, and rising trends in demand for good quality seafood, aquaculture must step up to meet the need. However, producing more fish sustainably without degrading the environment and depleting natural resources remains a challenge. Irresponsible and destructive aquaculture practices continue to threaten the industry. In India shrimp aquaculture met with devastating consequences in the 1990s as a result of disease outbreaks, leaving hundreds without livelihoods. In 1996 the Supreme Court put a halt to intensive shrimp farming; 60% of landowners were forced to abandon their farms. Investment is needed in India and around Asia, to implement newer, eco-friendly technologies and models, and their adaptation to local conditions. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article