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World Wetlands Day celebrated in Vientiane

World Wetlands Day Celebrated in Vientiane

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28 January 2010. Lao PDR government representatives, teachers and students, journalists and civil society participants came together at Bung Nong Tha wetlands site, Nong Tha Tai village, Vientiane Capital, to celebrate World Wetlands Day. …  

15 Feb 2010 | Event

IUCN-ADB to publish River Basin Management cases across Asia-Pacific

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Asia Regional Water and Wetlands Programme and the Asian Development Bank have begun work on a new study of river basin management in the Asia-Pacific region. …  

12 Feb 2010 | News story
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Cabinet of confiscated wildlife items on display at Vientiane's Wattay Airport

Campaign for wildlife conservation has wide reach at the 25th South East Asian Games

Government, NGOs, multilaterals and companies campaign for wildlife conservation during the Southeast Asian Games in Lao PDR 

12 Jan 2010 | Event
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Forest dwelling children

International Year of Biodiversity - investing in nature, improving lives

The International Year of Biodiversity has been launched at a ceremony in Berlin with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the world will face "enormous costs" if no action is taken to tackle climate change and to secure biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

11 Jan 2010 | International news release

Logo of the International Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is life

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard our irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act. …  

11 Jan 2010 | Event
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Species of the Day

Discover biodiversity - every day

To increase awareness of the enormous variety of life on our planet, and raise the profile of threatened species, we have launched the IUCN Red List ‘Species of the Day’. …  

06 Jan 2010 | News story

Season Greetings 2009

Message from Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Gland, December 2009 

22 Dec 2009 | Event

Snow cover melting

Copenhagen climate summit: Copenhagen Accord a step in right direction, but insufficient

Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 December 2009, IUCN - World leaders in Copenhagen have taken a first and useful step to slow the course of climate change – a threat that is already affecting people, ecosystems and biodiversity in many parts of the world. A global, legally-binding climate change treaty must be the next step. …   | Chinese

19 Dec 2009 | International news release

Crowd is welcomed to the launch party

Campaign for wildlife conservation launched in Vientiane

Lao PDR government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations including IUCN, companies and members of the public came together on November 26th to launch a major campaign to promote Lao wildlife conservation and prevent illegal trade.  

07 Dec 2009 | Event

The Ramsar Convention in Lao PDR

The Ramsar Convention in Lao PDR

“Ramsar promotes integrated approaches to managing wetland systems so that human uses of these areas are undertaken to retain their natural values and ‘capital’ for future generations” 

21 Oct 2009 | Downloads - publication