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Fish Harvest

Aquaculture and the environment

Aquaculture is currently facing a significant worldwide challenge to meet the increasing demand for high-quality sea products in both local and international markets, whilst at the same time trying to avoid environmental problems. …  

14 Aug 2009 | News story

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Back to biofuel basics

What exactly are biofuels? Are they competing for resources needed to grow food and therefore causing a hike in global food prices? This and much more is explained in an interview with IUCN's Chief Scientist, Jeff McNeely. He discusses how biofuels have, in fact, been used for centuries and argues that the main concern from IUCN's point of view is how they will impact on biodiversity conservation. …  

13 Aug 2009 | Audio

Agriculture area beside Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda - a Livelihoods & Landscapes site

Agrobiodiversity –food insurance in an uncertain world

Agrobiodiversity, the variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms vital for food and agriculture, is under threat from the globalization of food production and markets. …  

07 Aug 2009 | News story

Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, Croatia

Living and farming along Sava River

The Sava River hosts the largest lowland forests in Europe and a mosaic of fertile floodplains formed by traditional land-use patterns.   …  

30 Jul 2009 | Audio

Zasavica boasts a large number of rare plants

Biodiversity makes you rich

Zasavica National Reserve in Serbia is home to 180 species of birds and more than 600 different plants. The high water quality has attracted fresh-water jellyfish and sponges, species not likely to swim in even slightly contaminated habitats. …  

28 Jul 2009 | Audio

Rural societies in the Congo basin still depend on wildlife resources

Vulnerable people, diminishing wildlife

by Dr Richard Thomas, TRAFFIC
Addressing priority bushmeat trade, livelihood and food security issues in Africa …  

28 Jul 2009 | News story
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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

Fishing in the Tanguar Haor

Fishing for success

Strict protection of a wetland area in Bangladesh paid off with bigger and more plentiful fish for local people. …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Tanzanians near Lugufu refugee camp preparing for hunting excursion

Night Time Spinach

The lack of meat in refugee rations in East Africa is causing a flourishing illegal trade in wild meat, threatening wildlife populations and creating a food security issue for rural communities. …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Abalone aquaculture facilities need management to minimise the risk of alien species introductions

Farming the seas

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants, has been around for 4,000 years. But it is only in the last 50 years that it has become big business, now giving employment to 9.8 million people around the world. …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story