Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Nature in 2012: a look back and a look ahead

Message from IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and President, Zhang Xinsheng. …  

18 Dec 2012 | Article

Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

China and Japan workshops on WDPA and strengthening the protected area information base

Maintenance of information in the WDPA database for three countries in Asia – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea – is a challenge that the WCPA, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, the Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation, Asia (RBCP) has tackled with national workshops aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the global data standards, present national PA information systems and current data challenges. …  

14 Dec 2012 | News story
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Workshop on Protected Area Databases and Management, Beijing, China

IUCN China and UNEP-WCMC host Workshop on Protected Area databases and management

On 27 November, UNEP-WCMC and IUCN China hosted a workshop on protected areas databases in China, “China National Workshop on Protected Areas”. The workshop is part of UNEP-WCMC’s project to strengthen the information base in Asia, held in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), through review by experts. The objectives of the workshop were to discuss the application of IUCN Management Categories in China and to initiate a process of more sustainable data flows, including updates to the WDPA. …   | Chinese

13 Dec 2012 | Article

Environmental Education and Communications Roundtable Discussion & Members’ Meeting

Environmental Education and Communications play a critical role in the world’s transition to sustainable living: how do we perceive our connection to nature, how do we change our consumption pattern and the production process of goods? How much do we know and value biodiversity? How do we describe China’s environmental education, its concept and needs? Representatives from Government, education, NGO and private sector will be sharing their experiences and describe the challenges and priorities for Environmental Education and Communications.
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12 Dec 2012 | Article


“Nature and People” Walk Around Lake

“Nature and People” Walk around Lake was successfully held by IUCN, the Netherlands Embassy, Beijing Forestry Society and Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities. This public event aims at enhancing public awareness towards forestry ecology, nature conservation, water resources and arousing public to get close to nature, protect biodiversity and enjoy a healthy and natural life. …   | Chinese

03 Dec 2012 | Article

Mekong film screening at Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

Mekong River Development Needs Greater Transparency

New film “Mekong” explores the dynamics of hyrdropower up and down one of the world’s great rivers and takes a balanced views of sensitive’ topics.  

27 Nov 2012 | News story

Water focus square

Launch of the Global Consultation on Water: The World We Want 2015

As UN-Water partner, IUCN is supporting the global launch today of the Thematic Consultation on Water. This public consultation process is part of the UN-led global dialogue 'The World We Want 2015'. …  

21 Nov 2012 | News story

Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, near Beijing

Championing conservation in China

IUCN Patron of Nature, Salley Ranney, accompanied by businessman, environmentalist and philanthropist Ted Turner, paid a recent visit to IUCN's office in Bejing, China. IUCN’s new President, Zhang Xinsheng, welcomed the IUCN Patron and joined Ms Ranney, Mr Turner, and a number of IUCN staff to discuss the role of IUCN and its Members in Chinese conservation. …  

20 Nov 2012 | Article

Dr. Don Macintosh presenting MFF's newest publication.

Moving forward in sustainable management and restoration of mangroves in Asia

Beihai, China, 1 November 2012 - More than 40 experts from ten countries participated in a workshop on mangrove protection and restoration in Beihai City, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China, October 29-31. …  

15 Nov 2012 | Article
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The Mekong river at the border tripoint of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos

Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action

How we use and share water is a complex issue. It involves diverse groups of people such as farmers and fishermen, energy suppliers and developers, all who are competing for a limited and precious resource. Water use issues typically cross natural, social and political boundaries and can be local, national, regional and global in nature. …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story