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Marine pollution is a serious threat that needs addressing - NCB India aims to highlight this issue widely.

National Coordination Body on Mangroves for Future calls for action to restore health of our oceans

Mangroves for Future is a regional initiative to restore Mangroves across 11 countries including India. This programme is steered by respective Governments in association with scientific institutions, private sector, and international organizations. In India, the National Coordination Body (NCB) is chaired by Shri Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC). …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

Arabian Oryx

Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows

A new IUCN study evaluating the impact of conservation action on ungulates (hoofed mammals) shows that species have greatly benefited from measures taken to prevent their extinction. If the conservation actions that have already been implemented had not taken place, at least 148 ungulate species would have deteriorated by one IUCN Red List category, including six species that would now be listed as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild. 

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Adult Masked Finfoot near Antil village

Uncovering Cambodia’s masked finfoot

Thaung Ret and Dr Nick Souter from Fauna & Flora International, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), have been on the trail of the masked finfoot, classified as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Through a grant administered by IUCN and CEPF, RUPP conducted several surveys in 2014. After months of searching they finally found the elusive bird. Ret tells us her story:  

29 Apr 2015 | Article

Message from Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director IUCN Asia on the Nepal earthquake

On behalf of the IUCN family, Members, Commissions and staff, I would like to extend our sympathy and solidarity to the many families affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. …  

29 Apr 2015 | Article
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Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story

Eco-safe road built in Nepal from EPIC Project

Stakeholders Discuss Nature Based Solutions to Mitigate Disaster and Climate Risks– Book Launched on Community-based Eco-Safe Roadsides in Nepal

Rural roads serve as lifelines for many communities in Nepal, but they also cause environmental degradation in the forms of erosion, shallow landsides, and river sedimentation. As a solution, “eco-safe roads,” or those that incorporate soil bio-engineering techniques to minimize negative environmental impacts, can significantly reduce economic losses and environmental degradation, and even enhance local livelihoods. …  

23 Apr 2015 | Article

A sand dune area was exploited for constructing shrimp ponds in Thanh Hai Commune, Ben Tre Province

Towards coastal resilience: Addressing climate change impacts in Ben Tre Province

Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC), a program under Mangroves for the Future (MFF), is focused on building resilience to climate change, decreasing vulnerability to disasters, and improving livelihoods. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has coordinated the program in Vietnam since 2013, with the financial support of Danida, Sida and Norad. Within the framework of MFF, a Small Grant Facility (SGF) has been established to support coastal provinces in Viet Nam to develop coastal resilience models addressing climate change impacts. The purpose of these pilot projects is to protect coastal ecosystems, most notably through the sustainable use and management of mangroves. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story
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Surveys funded by SOS lead to an increase of the known population of Yuanbaoshan firs

The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis) more than doubled following extensive surveys in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR), China in 2014. IUCN Member, Fauna & Flora International’s Xiaoya Li explains what this discovery means and how it will influence their conservation.   …  

17 Apr 2015 | News story

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Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | News story

Lake Sils - Switzerland

World Water Forum: From crises to opportunities

Every three years, the World Water Forum puts water into the global spotlight. This 7th edition, which started on Sunday 12 April in Daegu and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, will focus on moving from policy talk to implementation – on how to put proven solutions to water challenges into wider use by harnessing innovation, creativity and know-how on a scale that can make a difference at local to global levels. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article