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The rally on the celebration of world wetland day

Bangladesh Celebrates World Wetlands Day

The global community celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd of each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Like other countries in different part of the world, Bangladesh also celebrated the World wetland Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”, to raise awareness about the value of wetlands in the lives of people, and in the economic successes of families, communities and nations. While the ecosystem services that wetlands provide, such as regulating water availability and quality, filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, are well documented scientifically, income generation from wetlands is less recognized globally. …  

15 Mar 2016 | News story

Map of the mekong delta.

Legal analysis on how the UN Watercourses Convention complements the Mekong Agreement published

As part of the BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance)  programme, IUCN recently published a document titled “A window of opportunity for the Mekong Basin: The UN Watercourses Convention as a basis for cooperation. A legal analysis of how the UN Watercourses Convention complements the Mekong Agreement." This document provides a comparative analysis of the key substantive and procedural principles and obligations provided for in the UN Watercourses Convention and the Mekong Agreement. …  

15 Mar 2016 | Article

Participants from North-east Asia coming together for the first time for a workshop on protected areas.

North-east Asia comes together in friendship to strengthen protected areas management

Protected areas and species conservation in North-east Asia received a vital boost through the convening of a workshop held in Beijing, China earlier this month. Held for the first time, the event aimed to foster exchange of experiences and networking between several countries in the North-east Asian region.  …  

11 Mar 2016 | Article

Local farmers transporting waste water treatment tanks

"Hello" toilets, shrimp, and livelihoods in Ca Mau Province

Over the past 20 years, farmers of the Mekong Delta have made use of pond toilets that discharge waste directly into canals and rivers near their farms. Every morning, the local people on their way to the market by boat greet their neighbours in these toilets. That is why they are jokingly called “Hello” toilets. …   | Vietnamese

10 Mar 2016 | News story
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A rare sighting of a Saola in Laos

Collaborating to save the Saola - one of the world’s most endangered species

Often called the Asian unicorn, the Saola is a solitary ungulate, endemic to the forests of the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. Unfortunately, due to intense wildlife hunting, the rare species – only discovered two decades ago, has been classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.  …  

09 Mar 2016 | Article

Infographic: Women in coastal conservation cross Asia

Infographic: Women in coastal conservation across asia

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative has developed an infographic showcasing Mangrove for the Future’s Gender Responsive initiatives/achievements over the years. With increasing capacity for monitoring gender impacts and women’s empowerment, MFF SGF projects are increasingly able to demonstrate their responsiveness to context specific gender needs and interests, and contributions towards closing the ‘gender gap’ by improving women’s access and control over resources.    

09 Mar 2016 | Article

Jenitha is one of 800 women who benefited from a mangrove conservation project in India.

Mother Nurture – the age old connection between women and the environment, and the way forward

Every day, women all over the world make countless decisions that affect the environment. In many countries, women often play a dominant role in natural resource management and have traditional responsibilities such as growing food, collecting water, and being the primary caregivers for their families.  …  

08 Mar 2016 | Article

Lone hiker on Redcliff Beach in Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Panorama twin webinar: Protected area tourism solutions

A Panorama twin webinar on sustainable protected area tourism solutions was held in March/April.

08 Mar 2016 | Article

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

Community members and park rangers come together to talk about conflict reconciliation.

Empowering local communities to improve elephant conservation in Thailand

One of the world’s largest Asian elephant populations - Elephas maximus can be found along the borders of Thailand and Myanmar. In Thailand, the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi Province functions as an important conservation area for these elephants. Established in 1965, the sanctuary is known to be Thailand’s first wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately, in the past 40 years, the sanctuary has been faced with threats such as illegal logging, wildlife trade, land encroachment, forest fire and human-elephant conflicts (HEC).  …  

04 Mar 2016 | Article