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Full worth of wetlands can now be revealed

A new way to assess the real worth of wetlands has been released today by IUCN.  It is now possible to measure the economic value of a wetland at the same time as assessing species that live there and the importance of a wetland for people’s livelihoods.
 

19 Aug 2009 | International news release

Report - Securing Water for Ecosystems and Human Well-being

Advanced river flow management vital to facing climate challenge

Stockholm, Sweden, 16 August, 2009  – Improved river flow management will be vital to protecting communities from the worst impacts of climate change and to achieving international goals on poverty reduction, according to a new report issued on the eve of World Water Week. …  

16 Aug 2009 | News story

Lake Chad Basin

Invest in nature, ensure water resilience

World Water Week, held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 16 to 22 August, gathers more than 2500 experts to help resolve the growing water crisis. Less than one percent of the world's fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use. …  

14 Aug 2009 | News story

IUCN Bangladesh

IUCN's Green web on Google Earth

The virtual green web of IUCN Members in Google Earth showcases the organizations on the frontlines in the battle against climate change, reductions in water quality and quantity, deforestation and biodiversity loss. …  

11 Aug 2009 | News story

Woman with a fishing scoop

Discovering the value of wetlands in Lao PDR

Many communities in Lao PDR have limited access to water, health clinics and education. Fishery resources are decreasing, land for riverbank agriculture is scarcer and unsafe chemical fertilizers are being introduced.   …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Ganges River dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica)

Ganges River Dolphin in dire straits

Dolphin hotspots must be protected if the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) is to survive in the Brahmaputra river system, according to a recent study. …  

20 Jul 2009 | International news release

Komadogu-Yobe, Nigeria

Supporting the National IWRM Commission in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the first countries to establish a national IWRM Commission, and is now rolling out IWRM offices across the country …  

15 Jul 2009 | News story

IUCN's Mark Smith on the IHA Panel

No energy without water security, IUCN tells hydropower congress

When looking at the links between hydropower and climate change, it is essential that any infrastructure - whether man-made or natural - is made more sustainable and therefore resilient. …  

25 Jun 2009 | News story
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people, climate, species/ecosystems, disasters are all issues that IUCN addresses

Prepare for disasters – invest in nature, says IUCN

Investing in nature can reduce the impact of natural disasters on people and the environment, according to IUCN. …  

17 Jun 2009 | International news release

Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Healthy nature protects against disasters – IUCN

Governments need to include better management of nature in all disaster risk reduction policies, if we are to reach the goal to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015, according to IUCN. …  

16 Jun 2009 | News story