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World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

People riding bicycles over a bridge on the Nam Xong River

New Infographic and Blog: Unseen and unrecognised - allocating water to nature in river systems

By Rebecca Welling. Water for nature is too often sidelined in discussions around built water infrastructure development and subsequent water allocation needs. With increasing demands for food and energy production from a growing global population, many countries look to engineered solutions to bring them water, food and energy security …  

15 Dec 2015 | News story
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Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

Blog: Water and climate change: Best available science or Greek tragedy?

By Mark Smith. Fire, earth, air and water. To the ancient Greeks, these were the keys to understanding the world around them. To modern-day climate negotiators? Not so much. …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story
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COP21: Climate change and water - interview with IUCN's Mark Smith

'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview, Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, talks about the key role water plays in the climate change debate.  …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story

Cover: 'Climate Change and Water' Issues Brief

Building climate change resilience through water management and ecosystems

On the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the IUCN Water Programme has published a set of key messages in a new Brief aimed to help policy and decision-makers tackle climate change challenges. …  

01 Dec 2015 | News story

'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work' Dialogue Synthesis Paper 2015_cover

New Nexus paper and blog: 'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work'

By Dipak Gyawali.  For many rural farmers, fishers and communities, food, water and energy resources are not considered as separate issues, they are just part of daily reality and need to be managed accordingly. Yet, the conceptual separation and consequent management of these resources is what has happened in the world of experts and government bureaucracies. …  

23 Nov 2015 | News story

Borehole

Blog: Cities and country, or cities versus country?

By Peter Newborne. Access to water is crucial in arid and semi-arid regions. A key question is how far cities can require distant rural areas to provide water for their – growing – inhabitants. …   | French

19 Nov 2015 | News story

The Ganges © Kurkul Shutterstock

Blog: First Global Transboundary Rivers Assessment Identifies Urgent Priorities for Development and Conservation

By James Dalton. Around 40% of the world’s population lives in river basins that span two or more countries. These transboundary water systems include over 445 aquifers, more than 1,600 lakes and reservoirs, and 286 rivers. They are fundamental to the well-being of societies in terms of healthy people, healthy nature, and economic wealth. Yet population growth, climate change and a host of other threats are putting enormous pressure on these critical resources with far-reaching ramifications. 

27 Oct 2015 | News story

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Declining Biodiversity – will Europe be able to meet the 2020 targets?

2015 marks the halfway-point of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – a time to take stock of the progress made and a chance to adjust the measures for reaching the targets set out in the strategy, which was adopted in 2011. As highlighted in the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published by the European Commission earlier this month, more ambition, particularly in implementation efforts by Member States, is needed to halt biodiversity loss to levels set out by the Strategy. …  

21 Oct 2015 | News story

Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

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