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Installing demarcation poles around fish conservation area in Kampong Phluk

Fish conservation areas and local support

A mid-term review was recently completed of the EU funded and IUCN and FACT implemented project Strengthening capacity of fishing communities in the Tonle Sap to manage their natural resources sustainably, which has helped establish and test the value of fish conservation areas (FCAs) in the Tonle Sap. …  

17 Jun 2015 | Article
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Saola

On the verge of extinction: A look at endangered species in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, which covers Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and parts of southern China, is one of the most biologically rich − and highly threatened − places on the globe. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Article

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Sanja Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Heart and Lungs of a Wild Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is among the rarest of national parks, surrounded on three sides by one of the densest cities on the planet – Mumbai, India. An amazing array of flora and fauna exist within the park’s boundaries, providing aesthetic, historic and cultural value as well as ecological benefits to the populous city. There may be no other place like it on Earth. Protecting this unique treasure has required local residents, grassroots organizations, and the park itself to strive for a balanced relationship between people and nature. …  

10 Jun 2015 | Article

Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu

Leaders for Nature India Masterclass; Eco-Restoration Opportunities to Reduce Water Stress of Gurgaon & Faridabad

 "We can build more cities but we can never rebuild the Aravilli range and its environmental, social and economic values" said Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Balaji explaining kayking as a new way to explore local nature

Vedharajan Balaji - kayaking down India's coast to inspire communities for restoring mangroves

Vedharajan Balaji is a young conservationist from India, with an incredible amount of energy and determination for protecting nature. He works with communities in Tamil Nadu to restore mangroves and raise awareness amongst students. Thanks to his inspiring work, he won the "Pushing Boundaries" challenge of the WCPA young professionals group in the run-up to the IUCN World Parks Congress. His work has also been promoted as an "Inspiring Protected Area Solution" through the Panorama initiative.

Here, Balaji tells the exciting story about how he found his way into conservation through epic motorcycle and kayak journeys. …  

08 Jun 2015 | Article

Inside East Scheldt storm surge barrier

Strategic delta planning: lessons from The Netherlands

On the night of January 31, 1953, sea water, driven by a North Sea storm and spring tide, burst through the coastal defences in southwest Holland, killing over 1,800 people and flooding over 200,000 hectares. The government's response to this national disaster was a program of dike building that blocked off three of the four major estuaries that form the mouth of the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Jun 2015 | Article

KPK Launches Billion-tree Drive – A Contribution to Global Forestation Campaign

Government of Khyber Pakthunkhwa in collaboration with IUCN launched its billion-tree campaign as a contribution to the global Bonn Challenge on occasion the World Environment Day today, Islamabad. The Bonn Challenge was established at a ministerial roundtable in September 2011, at the invitation of the German Government and IUCN. It calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020.The KPK government had especially invited the IUCN President, Mr. Xinsheng Zhang to the inaugural ceremony.  …  

05 Jun 2015 | International news release

Whale sharks are classified as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Maharashtra rises to the challenges of whale shark conservation

Marking a significant start to whale shark conservation in Maharashtra, the Mangrove Cell, Forest Department of Maharashtra, and IUCN India collaboratively organised a stakeholder workshop for the development of a management and conservation plan for whale sharks in Maharashtra. This is the first of its kind for a marine species in the state. The workshop was held in Mumbai on 30 May 2015, and brought together conservation experts, industries, fisher community leaders and Government representatives.   …  

03 Jun 2015 | Article