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Launch of the Pa Khoun Conservation Initiative in Vientiane

United States Embassy supports Pa Khoun (Cat Fish) conservation in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR

Each July, Pa Khoun (Wallago Leeri*), an endangered cat fish species, migrates to Hom District, Vientiane Province for breeding and spawning. The Nam Khui and Nam Saan rivers meet in Hom and this spot is the only known area for Pa Khoun breeding and spawning. Each year around this time, the rivers become packed with fishing boats as both local villagers and outsiders try to catch as many Pa Khoun as possible while they are plentiful in the area.  …  

19 Sep 2011 | Event
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The Saravan PEI team leads a women's discusion group about the impacts of a rubber plantation, July 2010.

Assessing the economic, social and environment costs and benefits of investment in Lao PDR

IUCN Lao PDR and partners recently presented the results of the project “Baseline Assessment of Economic, Social and Environmental Costs and Benefits of Investment in Savannakhet and Saravan Provinces, Lao PDR”. …  

25 Aug 2011 | Article
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IUCN KM Report

Knowledge Management in the IUCN Asia Region Programme

A knowledge management study was undertaken in the IUCN Asia Region to review the knowledge management needs and practices to help deliver the Asia Region Programme. A full report and action plan have been developed based on the surveys undertaken in October – November 2010.  …  

03 Aug 2011 | Article

Nam Xong River at Vang Vieng, Lao PDR

Clean Up Day promotes sustainable water resource management along the Nam Xong River

Taking place in Vangvieng on 20 May 2011, the Nam Xong Clean Up Day brought together more than 400 people to learn about water resources management and to collect garbage and waste from along the river. 

01 Jul 2011 | News story
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Field officer collects samples

Working with our partners - Sepon mine considers biodiversity offset plan

A partner organisation to the Mekong Water Dialogues is implementing an offset plan that has the potential to maintain levels of biodiversity around the mine where they operate. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Martha, a captive Saola in Lao PDR In the 1990's.

Priorities for Success: 2nd Meeting of the Saola Working Group wraps up in Vietnam

The Saola Working Group (SWG), of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)/Species Survival Commission (SSC) Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, recently gathered for its 2nd meeting. The meeting, themed “Priorities for Success”, was held in late April in central and Hue, Vietnam. …  

01 Jun 2011 | Event
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International Biological Diversity Day event in Xieng Khuang Province.

International Day of Biological Diversity Celebrated in Xieng Khouang Province

This year International Day of Biological Diversity celebrations came to Paek District, Xieng Khouang Province, well-known for its historical, cultural as well as natural beauty . The celebrations were organized by The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI), led by the Department of Forestry in collaboration with a number of government and international organizations, including IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

30 May 2011 | Event
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Promoting decision support tools for Integrated Water Resource Management

Working with IUCN, the Mekong Water Dialogues and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Denmark-based global water and environment institute (DHI) hosted a seminar in Vientiane on 25 May to present and discuss “decision support tools for water resources and river basin management”. …  

26 May 2011 | Event

Whole bear gall bladders and pills are the most frequently encountered products

Illegal bear bile trade rampant in Asia

Poaching and illegal trade of bears, driven largely by the demand for bile, used in traditional medicine and folk remedies continues unabated across Asia on a large scale, a new report by TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF, has found. …  

11 May 2011 | News story

Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon

5th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature is organizing the 5th Asia Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) from September 27 to 30, 2011 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. …  

03 May 2011 | Event