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Woman wading through flood waters, Nadi, Fiji

Reducing flood risk through improved water governance in Fiji

Fiji has suffered from increasing numbers of floods in recent years, causing extensive damage across the country. Through improving water governance, IUCN and partners are helping reduce the risks and impacts of flooding through linking urban centres to the basins they rely on. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

Balkila Watershed and Gopeshwar town

IUCN Balkila Himalayan Watershed Project supported by Nokia

IUCN and Nokia have signed a project partnership agreement which aims to identify opportunities to address climate change and natural resource loss in the Balkila Watershed of Uttarakhand State, India. …  

29 Apr 2011 | News story

African elephant in Botswana's Okavango Delta

Southern Africa regional workshop on the economics of biodiversity

IUCN, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Mercuria Energy Group joined forces to strengthen capacity and support economic approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in developing countries. …  

26 Apr 2011 | Event
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The Business Case for Biodiveristy - Switzerland

Participants from business, the Swiss Government and NGOs gathered at the headquarters of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to discuss the Business Case for Biodiversity in Switzerland in a workshop sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and co-hosted by Mercuria.  …  

22 Apr 2011 | News story

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Global forestry institutions call for more community-based forest management

The leading international organizations working to protect and manage the world’s forests are calling for governments across the globe to increase communities’ role in forest management. Doing so could contribute to lifting close to a billion people out of poverty, as well as improve the health and vitality of forests. …  

22 Apr 2011 | News story

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TEEB: achievements and future perspectives

On the 12th April, 2011, a meeting on TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) was hosted at the European Parliament by the Mediterranean subgroup of the European Parliament Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”. It aimed to show how actors can implement TEEB and to outline what future actions should be taken. …  

19 Apr 2011 | News story

Private Sector

IUCN helps businesses value nature

Today, IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) – a new message to enhance business understanding of the benefits and value of ecosystem services like fresh water, food, fibre and protection against natural disasters. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story

Huascarán, Ecuador

Acting beyond boundaries to address urban water challenge

You cannot optimize water in cities without looking at the natural water basin or catchment areas which are serving them” said Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Water Programme during a recent workshop at the UN World Water Day conference in Cape Town. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story


Ecological Economics lecture series at Oxford