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A waterfall in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Commentary: Where Are the Indonesian Conservation Experts?

Indonesia is the second-most important country in the world for conservation. It has more species than pretty much anywhere else in the world, but threats are high. Compared to many other countries things are still pretty good here. In fact, and despite the many depressing conservation stories, Indonesia remains the crown jewel of Southeast Asian conservation. Still, Indonesia is short on local biodiversity experts, which makes it so much harder to effectively deal with biodiversity conservation challenges. …  

25 Sep 2015 | Article

Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.    

24 Sep 2015 | Article

Scenic Spot of Longwanqun National Forest Park, Jilin, China

Call for participants: Protected Areas Law Teachers and Trainers Workshop

IUCN, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University, is offering a workshop for teachers and trainers in the Asian region. …  

24 Sep 2015 | Article


IUCN Sri Lanka partnered with ECO-V in “Kolomba Yathra” for climate change (Colombo walk)

The Kolamba Yathra: an Interfaith Journey for Sustainability was a one-day program with youth of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds walking around the City of Colombo — the commercial capital of Sri Lanka — to create awareness on Climate Change.  Conducted by Eco Friendly Volunteers (ECO-V), the main objective of this year’s Yathra was to raise awareness of climate change issues across the Colombo public, to engage religious and political leadership on climate change action, and most particularly to engage youth in modeling and action for eco-friendly, sustainable methods, climate change education and adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity restoration and conservation efforts.   

24 Sep 2015 | News story

Sumatran Rhino

Sumatran rhino likely to go extinct unless action is taken urgently, warns IUCN

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran rhino recovery plan, warns IUCN on World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the last IUCN Red List assessment of the species in 2008. …  

22 Sep 2015 | International news release

Mr. Bui Thanh Cong, shrimp farming's owner in Tra Vinh Province, a beneficiary of SGF/MFF

A model shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta

Bui Thanh Cong took up shrimp farming after his retirement. The move was not unusual. In the past decade, many people from his province of Tra Vinh have begun taking up shrimp farming, Viet Nam’s newest cash cow. Cong owns around nine hectares of land. Like his neighbours, Cong's production is mostly reliant on intensive farming which is extremely unsustainable because it clears away mangroves and is heavily dependent on chemical inputs. Cong’s production took a turn, however, when he agreed to be part of a pilot project to explore alternative technologies for environmentally friendly shrimp farming.  …   | Vietnamese

22 Sep 2015 | Article
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A shrimp farmer's hut stands near a pond in Tra Vinh Province, Viet Nam

Shrimp Farming: Problem or Solution?

In Viet Nam's Tra Vinh Province, located in the Mekong Delta, poly-culture methods are helping mangroves make a come-back. Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta region is one of the most productive regions in Asia. Located at the south-western tip of the country, this rich patch of land is where the Mekong River drains to the South China Sea. Around 17 million people live in the area, which makes up about a fourth of Viet Nam’s rice agriculture area, and contributes half its fisheries output. People’s reliance on this area of land is significant, not just within Viet Nam, but around the world—this is where a considerable amount of the world’s rice and shrimp supplies originates.
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22 Sep 2015 | Article
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Ms. Ajanta Dey, from NEWS, an IUCN Member, presents on Mangrove Afforestation in Sundarbans - where business meets biodiversity (DANONE/NEWS Forest Carbon Project)

Leaders for Nature: an expanding network of sustainability-minded businesses in India

Leaders for Nature is expanding in India. For its latest Master Class, the initiative collaborated with Mangroves for the Future to highlight coastal and marine biodiversity issues in India. The goal of the master class was to work towards a government-business-community alliance for on-the-ground action for conservation of the marine environment in the country’s east coast. …  

21 Sep 2015 | Article

Trail at Kitayamazaki, Sanriku Fukko National Park, Japan

Collaborating on protected area management

Protected areas are some of the most important places on earth when it comes to biodiversity conservation. Aside from sheltering biodiversity, they provide food, clean water supply, medicines and protection from the impacts of natural disasters, and also contribute to people’s livelihoods. Protected areas are therefore at the core of efforts towards conserving nature and its services. …  

20 Sep 2015 | Article

Representatives from the government, private sector and civil society discuss CEPF graduation criteria.

Conservation partners discuss criteria for CEPF graduation from Lao PDR

The long-term vision of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Lao PDR was at the center of discussions over the past two weeks at consultation workshops organized and facilitated by IUCN, and attended by representatives from the government, private sector and civil society. …  

18 Sep 2015 | Article