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First international gathering of forest producer organizations underway

The representatives of farmer and forest producer organizations from around the world are gathering today at an international conference held in Guilin, China. The meeting represents the first of its kind in giving the world’s many millions of smallholder farmer and community forest producers an opportunity to have their voices heard at a global level. With a large part of the Earth’s surface affected by forest producer activities, the conference will seek to support forest producers in improving sustainable management of forest landscapes. …  

25 Nov 2013 | News story

N. Buxa

Enabling the wise use of wetlands through integrated wetland management

An innovative action planning toolkit on wetland conservation and management is now available online. Funded by the European Commission, as part of the HighARCS project, the Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) Toolkit offers researchers, technical planners and policy-makers a systematic approach to conserving and sustainably managing aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity at any site scale. The toolkit provides a suite of methods and practices, together with insights from lessons learned. …  

19 Nov 2013 | News story

Leading figures present the Asia Parks Congress outcomes - a message to the World Parks Congress which takes place in Sydney, Australia in 2014

Asia Parks Congress concludes with pledge for new era in protected area collaboration

The first ever pan-Asia gathering on the region’s national parks and protected areas concluded with a pledge for stronger collaboration that will capture the energy of the current Asia boom to ensure protected areas contribute to human progress while also conserving the region's rich biodiversity. …  

19 Nov 2013 | News story

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IUCN steps up the pace on investigating climate change impacts on wildlife

At a time when global climate change is among the most important of issues for humankind to address, there remains significant uncertainty about how changes in the climate system will impact upon the world’s species and ecosystems, not to mention how societies and decision-makers might go about reducing these impacts. In response to this, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has recently formed a new group of international experts who will focus on topics surrounding climate change impacts on biodiversity. …  

18 Nov 2013 | News story

Camera-trap photo of Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) - taken on 7 September 2013 at early evening shows a single Saola moving along a rocky forest valley stream in a remote corner of the Central Annamite mountains of Vietnam.

Elusive Saola caught on camera!

Last photographed in Laos in 1999, a living Saola has been recorded by camera trap in central Vietnam. Three photographs of the same adult Saola were taken by an automatic camera trap set in a protected area, under a project by the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department and WWF. It shows the animal in early evening, moving along a rocky stream in the forest. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story

Ogasawara Islands

World’s fastest-growing region to host its first congress on protected areas

The 1st Asia Parks Congress, taking place 13 to 17 November in Japan, will propose new action to address the challenges facing protected areas in one of the world's fastest-growing regions. …  

08 Nov 2013 | News story

Flying foxes, Haloween, SOS

Flying foxes: myths with more bark than bite

It’s Hallowe’en time again, and around much of the world people are decorating with images of ghosts, vampires, witches, black cats, and, of course, bats. For the superstitious, there may be nothing scarier than the flying foxes of the Philippines, whose 2-meter wingspans make them the largest bats in the world! …  

31 Oct 2013 | News story

Flooding in Mekong Delta

Film Screening Science Film Festival 2013: Mekong

On occasion of the Science Film Festival 2013, the Goethe-Institute will host a screening of the film “Mekong”. The film follows the efforts of students and scientists from the delta's CanTho University as they develop a resilience strategy for the challenges facing the delta over the next hundred years.   …   | Vietnamese

31 Oct 2013 | News story
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Experts Stress on “Hydro-diplomacy” Need for Improved Water Cooperation with India and Afghanistan

The Pakistan Water Programme, IUCN Pakistan and Oxfam Novib organised a roundtable discussion on hydro-diplomacy between India and Pakistan; Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Islamabad Hotel today. …  

24 Oct 2013 | News story

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large inlet in the eastern Pacific Ocean located along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Covering about 160,000 square kilometers, the Gulf of California covers 4,000 kilometers of coastline and reaches depths of over 3,000 meters.

There is hope for the ocean

Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale up the marine protection necessary for a sustainable development of the ocean. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story


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