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Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

Water is nature, water is everything

Every year on 22 March, the international community celebrates World Water Day, a day to draw global attention to the water challenge and renew commitments to safeguard the planet’s most vital resource. …  

22 Mar 2015 | News story

Message by: Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, IUCN Country Representative on the International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests is being celebrated to raise awareness of the significance of forests on the international level. The theme for the year 2015 is: Forest | Climate | Change – which aims to highlight the role of forests in fighting climate change. …  

21 Mar 2015 | Article

Forests in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa

World on track to meet ambitious forest restoration goal

Bonn, Germany, 21 March, 2015 – New restoration initiatives were announced today by Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa at the second international Bonn Challenge conference on forest landscape restoration taking place in Germany. With these announcements, a total of 59.2 million hectares have now been contributed to the Bonn Challenge – a global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020. …  

21 Mar 2015 | News story

Jagadishpur Ramsar Site of Nepal

Working with Community to Improve Livelihoods and Enhance Biodiversity by Wetland Management

Nepal’s wetlands are one of the country’s most important natural resources, holding substantial socio-economic, religious and ecological value. In addition to providing habitat for many threatened species of flora and fauna, Nepal’s wetlands enable local people – among the country’s poorest – to support their livelihoods via rice cultivation, fishing, and harvesting of other wetland products.  …  

20 Mar 2015 | Article

会员座谈会

IUCN全球总干事访问中国

2015年3月12日,中国北京——世界自然保护联盟(IUCN)新上任的全球总干事Inger Andersen女士近日到中国访问,期间先后拜访了国家发展与改革委员会、国家环境保护部以及国家林业局,还同IUCN会员单位和科学委员会专家代表进行了座谈,共同探讨IUCN与各部委、会员单位和专家的合作情况与发展前景。IUCN主席章新胜出席了上述活动。 

19 Mar 2015 | Article

BRIDGE Technical Forum, March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.

Technical forum yields commitments for better collaboration on data sharing in the 3S Basins

“Cooperation” was the key word that echoed throughout a forum meant for technical experts working on the 3S Basins held last month. …  

19 Mar 2015 | Article

Forest Connect members meeting with forest planting group in Yen Bai Province

Beyond grouping: toward sustainable forest and farmer enterprises

By 2013, as part of a long-term national program to "socialize" forest management, 3.4 million hectares of forest had been allocated to more than 1.4 million smallholders. However, nearly 50% of these households have no more than 1 hectare of forest, which limits their ability to achieve economies of scale in, and increase income from timber production. Organizing smallholders into forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) and promoting cooperatives is therefore considered a precondition to increasing the productivity of the forestry sector and reducing poverty.   …  

16 Mar 2015 | Article
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Aerial view of Fire Island wilderness breach after Hurricane Sandy

Nature's protective power

IUCN experts are gathering at a UN conference in Japan this week to deliver the evidence to policy makers that healthy ecosystems play a critical role in protecting people from disasters. …  

14 Mar 2015 | News story

Youth plant mangroves near the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Orissa, India

Mangroves pivotal to protection of Bengal communities

A study has revealed that rice croplands which are protected by mangroves provide a stronger resistance to cyclones and therefore help support human lives in countries affected by tropical weather conditions. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam beauty spot learns to tame the beast

As the Vietnamese city of Hoi An boldly declared its vision to become an eco-city by 2030, locals - who have long feared for the future of nearby Cham Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA) - breathed a huge sigh of relief secure in the knowledge that every effort would be made to preserve this paradise which has been threatened by overfishing, climate change and extreme weather for many years. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article