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A rare sighting of the Critically Endangered Zhou's box turtle. This photo was taken at the Alwetter Zoo turtle breeding centre in Germany.

Searching for the elusive Zhou's box turtle

Zhou's box turtle (Cuora zhoui) is a species of Asian box turtle believed to be endemic to China. Also referred to as the black turtle or the black box turtle, all known distribution of this elusive species has been traced back to pet or food markets in Guangxi or Yunnan provinces. No specimens have ever been recorded in the wild. …  

08 Apr 2016 | Article

Establishment of Fish and bird sanctuaries has been an effective conservation effort in Tanguar Haor

Practice on Buffer Zone Fishing Modality in Tanguar Haor for Sustainable Fishing and Conservation

Tanguar Haor is a unique wetland ecosystem of national and international significance. It covers roughly 10,000 ha and is located in Sunamganj, North-Eastern district of Bangladesh. The “Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor" project aims to conserve ecosystem values in the haor by developing a co-management system. As a part of the project, a buffer zone fishing modality, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has been developed to ensure the fishing access of poor fishermen. …  

06 Apr 2016 | News story

Organic shrimp production in Minh Phu Seafood Corporation

Mangroves & Markets final workshop: results and lessons learned

For the past three years, IUCN and SNV Netherlands Development Organization have been implementing Mangroves & Markets, a project financed by BMUB, the German Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Building, and Nuclear Safety, to support mangrove conservation in Ca Mau through the expansion of certified organic shrimp farming that links a premium payment to maintaining 50% mangrove cover. …   | Vietnamese

05 Apr 2016 | News story
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05 Apr 2016 | Article

Courtesy visit by the Swiss Development Cooperation Delegation

Swiss Development Cooperation Delegation Visits IUCN

A delegation of the Swiss Development Cooperation in Pakistan paid a courtesy visit to IUCN Pakistan  in  Karachi on 4th April 2016. The delegation comprised Mr. Roger Kull Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Switzerland in Islamabad, Ms. Stephanie Burri, Director of Cooperation, and Mr. Benedikt Hurzeler, Deputy Director of Cooperation. Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN Pakistan, greeted the delegation and gave an overview of IUCN’s ongoing and upcoming programmes. The meeting focused on issues of common interest as well as on future collaboration. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Local villagers with free clean drinking water provided by EKOCENTER

What's an EKOCENTER and what does it do?

For over 10 years, IUCN reported concerns to UNESCO regarding the environmental impacts of floating communities that had taken up residence in the core zone of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. In 2013, the Quang Ninh provincial government relocated several hundred of these fishing families out of the WHS to Ha Phong, a 20 minute drive from Ha Long City. …   | Vietnamese

04 Apr 2016 | News story
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The workshop was attended by over 40 key actors representing different stakeholders, including policy and decision makers from concerned government ministries, academic institutions, and International non-governmental organizations.

Validation of Lao PDR's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

IUCN Lao PDR and the Department of Forest Resource Management (DFRM), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) co-organized a validation workshop on March 16 to finalize the revision of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2016-2025 and the Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

The HCA was signed by Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General of the Forest Department, and Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia.

Landmark agreement signed between IUCN and the government of Myanmar in the dawning of a new democratic era

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 31 March 2016 — A Host Country Agreement (HCA) to establish an IUCN Office in Myanmar was signed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the first day of the newly formed government taking office. This lays the foundation for future collaboration on addressing challenges and maximising opportunities related to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the country. …  

31 Mar 2016 | Article

International conservationists, the global zoo community and the Indonesian government at a workshop on species conservation in Bogor, Indonesia.

Multi-stakeholder collaboration first for species conservation in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia, 25 March 2016 — International conservationists and the global zoo community are joining forces with the Indonesian national government for the first time to support species conservation in the country.  …  

31 Mar 2016 | Article

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Sustainability of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Small Grant Facility in Sri Lanka Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led regional initiative to promote investments in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. It is being implemented in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. …  

30 Mar 2016 | News story