Ecosystem

Turnicki National Park

Nature in Poland

Poland’s biodiversity is among the richest in Europe. Its transitional climate which is influenced by oceanic and continental air masses, its favourable geographical position at the centre of the continent with no natural barriers to the east or the west, its varied geological structure, land and hydrographic make-up and soil types make it a good habitat for many plant and animal species. Read the Country Focus on Poland to learn about Polish nature and conservation action. …  

18 Apr 2013 | News story
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Butterfly feeding

Bridging science and policy with the BiodivERsA network

Successful conservation requires sound priority setting and decision-making based on the best available science. Science-policy interfaces are social processes, which encompass relations between scientists and other actors in the policy process, and which allow for exchanges, co-evolution, and joint construction of knowledge with the aim of enriching decision-making at different scales. …  

15 Apr 2013 | News story

Rebecca Welling, Project Officer, IUCN Global Water Programme

Blog: Nature, the unseen dimension of the nexus – exposed!

By Rebecca Welling. Walking into my first UNECE meeting on the topic of the Nexus in transboundary basins, I was a little nervous and not sure what to expect. It was the first time I attended a meeting in the UN headquarters representing IUCN Water, and on top of this I was to do a presentation on the role of Nature in the Nexus the following morning. …  

11 Apr 2013 | News story

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Against All Odds

Daily news reports of poaching to fuel the international trade in rhino horn seem to paint a bleak future for many of the five rhinoceros species all listed as threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It seems the pressure of hunting could crush this pachyderm’s prospects for survival. But there is hope and SOS is proud to be part of the solution that can deliver meaningful and measurable conservation impacts on the ground. …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Honouring forest heroes and champions

Five seemingly ordinary people who have done extraordinary work for their communities and forests are being recognized as 'Forest Heroes' at a special 'Forests for People' ceremony taking place today in Istanbul. The awards are being presented as 197 member States meet at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Irrigation of food crops

Your questions answered: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Following the launch of the 'Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions', a Question & Answer overview on the initiative is now available. …  

09 Apr 2013 | News story
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Maravan, France

Blog: Opening the cap on bottled water resource management

By James Dalton. Corporate partnerships are big news nowadays – especially on water. The resource that many of them need or impact upon is fast becoming a focal point for discussions around sustainability. …  

08 Apr 2013 | News story

Sélingué Dam in Mali

Public discussion on large dams in West Africa

A public meeting on 'Large dams in West Africa: how to reconcile energy production, food security and conservation of ecosystems' was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on March 13. …   | French

04 Apr 2013 | News story

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Pygmy hog Translocation

In life, timing is everything. This is certainly true for the Critically Endangered pygmy hog (Porcula salvania) of north eastern India. Each December for the past 6 years, project director Goutam Narayan and project manager Parag Deka make the 200 kilometre journey from breeding facilities in Basistha to the pre-release facility in Potasali in Nameri Tiger Reserve in Assam to make a special delivery. …  

03 Apr 2013 | News story

Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme

World Water Day, by Mark Smith

Blog article by Mark Smith. "World Water Day is like any themed global day: it’s not really to ‘celebrate’ water, it’s about getting people to pay attention and decide they’re going to take action to solve water problems." …  

22 Mar 2013 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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