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Congress participants during the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Last few hours for discounts on Congress fees

2012 is a busy year for environmental decision-making, with many large-scale conventions taking place. But the IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique event with a unique audience. It is the only global summit that represents every aspect of conservation, bringing together leaders of all levels – from governments and international NGOs to academia and local charities. …   | French | Spanish

05 Jul 2012 | News story

TABI's Day in Laos

International Day of Biological diversity Celebration

Biodiversity loss, loss of the variety of animals, plants, and their habitats, is one of the world’s most pressing crises since human life is so dependent on biodiversity. 

18 Jun 2012 | News story

SEADocs poster

Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award - Call for Entries

 SEADocs – The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award is a competition to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. …   | French

06 Jun 2012 | News story
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Mrs Chanthone says that in the past she could haul in 30-40 kg of fish every day but now her daily catch has dropped to just 7 or 8kg.

Climate change and its impact on the Lao and Cambodian people

When we refer to climate change, we immediately think of the impacts it has on the livelihoods of large numbers of people, and the habitats of aquatic species on all continents. …  

09 May 2012 | News story
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Villagers work with research to map out areas that are protected by local beleifs.

Studying local laws in a wetland: How traditional knowledge and beliefs can help to protect nature

Local communities and ethnic groups in Lao PDR are strongly attached to local beliefs, taboos and spirit related traditions. In many ways, these beliefs are highly associated with respect of nature and worshiping land and its resources.

08 May 2012 | Article
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Pa dek for sale at the Pakse, 2km market.

Travels along the Mekong Fish Market Chain

An early morning in late March, my IUCN colleague ,Vilavong, and I were in Naksang, Lao PDR (in the 4,000 islands) looking for transport to Pakse when a song teow (small truck converted into passenger vehicle) packed full of buckets of pa dek (fermented fish sauce, a staple of Lao cuisine) picked us up. 

08 May 2012 | News story
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Cattle grazing in Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands. IUCN, 2011.

BKN management plan.

 Preparation of a Management Plan for Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands highlights importance of cross-sector coordination and valuation of ecosystem services 

08 May 2012 | Event
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AECEN Conference

IUCN SEA addressed linkage between CBD and climate change at AECEN Forum

IUCN Southeast Asia Programme was invited to participate in the Annual Regional Forum of Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) held on 28-30 March 2012 in Bangkok. The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Thailand, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the AECEN Secretariat. …  

11 Apr 2012 | Article
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Water lily survey

Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Marseille, France, 16 March 2012 - Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | International news release

Surrounding communities rely on the river for transportation

Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people. …  

14 Mar 2012 | News story