2012

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Mermaids face extinction

By Célia Zwahlen.  People recognize them by the long whistling sound they make when they surface from the sea to breathe. They are exclusively female. On firm ground, they become like the rest of us, blending in while they work the land. But every 15 days the sea calls them back. …  

01 Apr 2012 | Article

HRH Felipe, Prince of Asturias and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, during the IUCN World Conservation Congress opening ceremony

IUCN's Congress: the common denominator

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique platform gathering people from all ranks of society under the same roof. Encompassing a wide range of viewpoints, the Forum is the perfect environment to share knowledge and reach a rounded vision on conservation. …  

01 Apr 2012 | Article

Nodar Kapanadze from Sakire village with his new bee hive

Don't cut trees, keep bees!

In Georgia, where IUCN is helping rural people find alternative livelihoods to illegal logging, it’s finding that there is great enthusiasm for bee keeping and honey production as a new business venture. …  

01 Apr 2012 | News story

Visitors in the Polistovsky reserve, Russia

Ecotourism secures Russia's forests

Bezhanitsky district in North-Western Russia is just a three-hour drive from the EU border. It hosts the largest peat bog in Europe and many unique forest and wetland landscapes. …  

01 Apr 2012 | News story

Forum web-spaces for the 2012 IUCN Congress

El Foro del Congreso a solo unos clics

Optimice su experiencia en el Foro y visite los espacios web dedicados, que han sido específicamente diseñados para facilitar el acceso a información de interés relacionada con el evento. …   | English | French

01 Apr 2012 | News story

IUCN’s impact on global conservation

Impacto de la UICN en la conservación global

Mientras continúan avanzando los preparativos para el Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza 2012, echamos un vistazo al impacto que estos eventos tienen en la conservación internacional de la naturaleza. …   | English | French

01 Apr 2012 | News story

The SULi Specialist Group is a joint initiative of CEESP and SSC: at the recent SSC Chairs’ meeting in Abu Dhabi, CEESP Chair Aroha Mead, SULi Chair Rosie Cooney, and SSC Chair Simon Stuart embrace the new collaboration. Photo: Monika Bohm.

Introducing SULi: the new CEESP-SSC Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods

In recent months a new collaboration between the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and the Species Survival Commission has been taking shape. The Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, or SULi, is a cross-Commissional Specialist Group focused on the sustainable use of wild living resources. …  

30 Mar 2012 | Article

More solar systems for Tonga

43 new solar home systems have been installed and are now in full operation on the island of Lofanga in the Kingdom of Tonga. This is the third solar project completed by IUCN Oceania and the Government of Tonga, with support from the Governments of Italy and Austria, in the remote islands of Ha'apai. …  

30 Mar 2012 | News story
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The local fishermen fishing in Beoung Chhmar, Tonle Sap

Canceling Fishing Lots in the Tonle Sap: Benefits and Risks

On February 28, 2012, speaking to students at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen said “I need to send a message to all people in the whole Tonle Sap that there are no longer any fishing lots”. The prime minister said that he had decided to cancel these lots because fishers had complained about declining catches and there were frequent disputes between fishers and the lot owners. He said that some of the canceled lots would be turned into conservation zones (Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin is now drafting a sub-decree to establish these zones) and added that next year he would cancel fishing lots on the Mekong River in Kampong Cham and Prey Veng Provinces. …  

30 Mar 2012 | Article