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Send your questions for the World Leaders Dialogues

The World Leaders Dialogues are the highlight of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress. They will feature internationally-recognized experts, politicians and CEOs in a series of five moderated public debates that tackle the most strategic issues related to conservation and sustainable development. …   | French

13 Aug 2012 | News story

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One month to go before WCC: zooming in on Food Security

With one month to go before the start of the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC), Mark Smith, Director Global Water Programme, highlights the challenges and solutions on one of the Congress' main themes: Food Security. …  

06 Aug 2012 | News story

Rice field off the Mekong

A story of unintended consequences: lessons for the Mekong delta

Article by Jake Brunner, IUCN Mekong Programme Coordinator. At a recent meeting of foreign ministers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated:  …  

03 Aug 2012 | News story

Local fishermen catching shrimp.

Managing waters across borders: Bangladesh and India join efforts for sustainable river fisheries

The International Transboundary Policy Dialogue on Hilsa Fisheries Management between Bangladesh and India successfully concluded a clear set of policy recommendations to conserve the Hilsa fisheries in both countries. …  

25 Jul 2012 | News story

BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance

Moving forward: good governance in the Sixaola transboundary river project

Progress was made on the BRIDGE river project Sixaola, a transboundary river on the border of Panama and Costa Rica, following a meeting led by IUCN with the Sixaola Binational Commission from 14-17 May. …  

20 Jul 2012 | News story

The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Tourism'.

IUCN welcomes outcomes of Ramsar CoP11

Following the closing of the recent Ramsar CoP, held in Bucharest from 6-13 July, IUCN welcomes the conference outcomes and is confident decisions made will further strengthen the Convention’s mission to conserve wetlands and promote wise use. …  

15 Jul 2012 | News story

COP11, Bucarest 2012.

Power of partnerships needed for world's wetlands

At the opening of the 11th Conference of the Contracting Parties (CoP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre called on governments to support strong partnerships as key to moving from aspiration to implementation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. …  

06 Jul 2012 | News story

CEPA toolkit front cover - CEC

Rio Summit Closing statement: 20 years on, civil society leads

Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story

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Opening Statement Rio+20: Invest in Nature, says IUCN

Policy-makers must rethink economic growth, promote social equity and ensure environmental protection, says IUCN at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio.  

20 Jun 2012 | News story

Dr Mark Smith

Blog: Negotiating [clean] water in Rio

My first day in Rio was yesterday. I was off the plane at 6 am, to the hotel and then straight to Rio Centro for a lunchtime side event with the Ramsar Secretariat on the upcoming TEEB study on water and wetlands. …  

18 Jun 2012 | 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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