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Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

Participants at the launch workshop

Water pollution in Ha Long Bay: the challenge

Every day, 5,500 tourists on average take cruises through the spectacular landscape of Ha Long Bay. Rising from the sparkling green waters, steep, densely forested karst hills never fail to impress. These days, however, the waters aren’t so sparkling and visitors are becoming less inclined to revisit an area plagued by pollution. In response, IUCN and Marine Conservation and Development (MCD), a local NGO and IUCN member, have established the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a partnership of government, business, and grassroots organizations. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and innovative governance arrangements to improve water quality in Ha Long and Cat Ba.   …   | Vietnamese

29 Jan 2015 | Article
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东江源寻乌项目启动

“魅力寻乌,活力东江” — 东江源寻乌水生态保护项目启动

中国广州,2015年1月22日,世界自然保护联盟(IUCN)中国代表处携手中国达能饮料、寻乌县政府和香港地球之友共同启动“魅力寻乌、活力东江”东江源寻乌水生态保护项目。 …  

29 Jan 2015 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

Buddhist monks and Catholic priest participating in the ceremony

The Kok Klang community comes together to protect their forests

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, Kok Klang villagers organized a forest ceremony that brought together Buddhist and Catholic community members in a common effort to protect their forests. This event marked the beginning of a set of activities to improve forest management in Kok Klang for healthier ecosystems that are resilient in the face of climate change. …  

23 Jan 2015 | Article

Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director Asia, Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, IUCN Vice President, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative - IUCN Pakistan during IDCG 2015

Water scarcity, other environmental issues major future threat to Pakistan - preventive measures called for

In a meeting comprising donors and development sector experts, IUCN Pakistan highlighted some of the major environmental issues, mainly water, that are highly likely to plague the country in coming years. …  

21 Jan 2015 | International news release

Tran Van Van and other farmers collecting shrimps in the shrimp pond

VIETGAP: better livelihoods and a clearer environment

Tran Van Van, his wife Nguyen Thi Hong, and their two children live in Kim Trung Commune, Ninh Binh Province where they farm white leg shrimp in 3.5 hectares of pond. Two years ago, after frequent disease outbreaks, they defaulted on a 16 million dong (US$750) loan from the Women's Union. Van went to China to work on a sugar cane plantation but couldn't make enough money to support his family and had to go home. He returned with no clear idea of how to make a living for his family. …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article
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Dolphins witnessed during a recently undertaken survey in Thailand-Cambodia

IUCN launches transboundary dolphin conservation project in Thailand and Cambodia

With the financial support of the United Postcode Lotteries, IUCN has launched an 18-month transboundary dolphin conservation project along the coastline of Thailand and Cambodia. This SEK 2.1 million (USD 295,000) project will build on outcomes of the Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia (BCR) project, and aims to enhance protection of the remaining populations of four dolphin and porpoise species in their marine habitat along the Thai-Cambodian border.  …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article

IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Mount Huangshan, World Heritage site, China

Mount Huangshan: first World Heritage site on the IUCN Green List

China’s Mount Huangshan was the first World Heritage site to achieve the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Standard, based on conservation excellence recognised in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook. …  

16 Jan 2015 | Article