Greener ways to end poverty

Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story


IUCN to convene a forum on forests and food security

IUCN is planning to convene its State and Government members, NGO members; United Nations bodies and other international cooperating partners, international and local NGOs, academic and research institutions; and the business sector from Eastern and Southern Africa to a Regional Forum to discuss the link between forests, food security and finance in a changing climate. To be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 20 to 23, 2011, the Regional Forum will enhance knowledge, attitudes and practice for integrating forest conservation and food security, in a context of change, in Eastern and Southern Africa. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story
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SOS Call for Proposals now open

The first SOS Call for Proposals is now open, accepting Threatened Species and Rapid Action Grants. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2011.  …   | Chinese

27 Jun 2011 | News story

Wadi Rum Jordan

Jordan and Germany also join World Heritage

The Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan has been declared a World Heritage Site, becoming the 211th natural site to join UNESCO’s prestigious list. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release

Lake Bogoria landscape

Natural wonders in Kenya, Australia and Japan declared World Heritage Sites

The Lakes System in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Ningaloo Coast in Australia and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release

Seychelles Government

Half of Seychelles land territory to be protected

The Seychelles Government has announced that it will soon declare new protected areas in the archipelago, which will result in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected under the law. …  

21 Jun 2011 | Article
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Skydive for Rhinos takes place on Saturday 6 August 2011 (alternate: Saturday 13 August, in case of bad weather) at Durban Skydive Centre’s base in Eston, next to Tala Game Reserve.

ACT skydives for rhinos

Thirty staff members and supporters of the African Conservation Trust (a member of IUCN) will bravely put aside their fear of heights and jump out of a plane to raise awareness and funding for anti-poaching activities and the protection of South Africa’s remaining black and white rhino populations. They will also be accompanied by Andrew Zaloumis, CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Jabulani Ngubane, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Rhino Conservation Officer. …  

21 Jun 2011 | Article
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A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Muheza District Commissioner giving his remarks

Community Voices at the Launching Day

“We face a lot of challenges in water resources management, this includes: source destruction, water pollution, water scarcity, illegal borehole drilling, unplanned construction activities near water sources, poor understanding of integrated water resources management, limited funds and limited working equipment for our water users association” stated Mr. Olairivan Mollel’s during a launching event of 6 Water Users Associations (WUA) in Pangani Basin. The event took place at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania on the 30th of May, 2011. Mr. Mollel is the Chairperson for the Upper Kikuletwa Water Users Association (one of the five WUAs launched on the day). …  

16 Jun 2011 | Article
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Deputy Minister for Water, Hon. Gerson Lwenge, unveils the constitutions for the new Water Users Associations.

The Launch of Six Water Users Associations: A Historical Undertaking in the Pangani Basin

The Pangani Basin Water Board launched six Water Users Associations (WUA) on the May 30th, 2011. The high profile event was attended by the Deputy Minister for Water, Hon. Gerson Lwenge, who in his launching speech stated, “We Tanzanians consider ourselves as part of the reason for the growing water stress in the globe, but most importantly we are also part of the solution”. He continued “…at the government we are set to delegate powers to manage water resources to users themselves as indicated in the National Water Sector Development Strategy. This is providing users with an opportunity to play a central role in solving most of water related stresses within communities and hence around the globe.” …  

16 Jun 2011 | Article
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