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Group photo of Wetland governance in Asia workshop

Workshop on wetlands governance in Asia: Report published

IUCN published a report on the “Wetlands Governance Workshop” as a result of the workshop held in Pakse in Lao PDR from 21 to 23 August 2013.  

22 Jan 2014 | Article
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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). …   | Dutch

21 Jan 2014 | News story

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IUCN and Danone Launch Project to Protect Critical Watersheds in Dongjiang River Basin

 Guangzhou, China, January 20, 2014: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) today launched a new partnership project with Danone Ecosystem Fund and Danone Waters China. The project, formally called “Eco-Longmen, Living Dongjiang - Protecting Watersheds for Sustainable Drinking Water”, aims to restore critical drinking water sources in the Upper Dongjiang River Basin. The focus is on the Jiaquan Watershed, and the project will involved working with local communities and empowering local stakeholders to manage natural resources sustainably, so as to ensure that the watershed provides healthy ecosystem services and multiple benefits to 20 million local and downstream residents. …  

20 Jan 2014 | Article
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生态龙门-活力东江-项目启动

多方伙伴共建 - 东江流域水源地可持续保护项目启动

中国,广州 - 2014年1月20日,世界自然保护联盟(IUCN)“生态龙门、活力东江——水源地可持续保护方案” 项目在广州正式启动。 …  

20 Jan 2014 | Article
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Participants of the workshop

Knowledge Sharing Workshop on EbA Concepts and Practices

Under the leadership of IUCN World Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), ISET-Nepal in collaboration with UNEP, UNDP and IUCN organized one-day “Knowledge sharing workshop on Ecosystem-based Adaptation concepts and practices” in Kathmandu. …  

18 Jan 2014 | News story

Car calling public to the event

Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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Steps Needed to Mitigate Coastal Erosion Threats to Communities through Scientific Approaches

A national consultative workshop to discuss findings of and debate on a national assessment report on Coastal Erosion in Pakistan concluded on Wednesday, with experts and stakeholders urging management of coastal zones of Pakistan in a more scientific manner. …  

15 Jan 2014 | International news release

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General and Roland Siller, Member of the KfW Management Committee, Director for Europe and Asia sign the agreement on tiger conservation

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat. The agreement was signed today at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. …   | German

14 Jan 2014 | News story

Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story