April

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Community based adaptation: local solutions for a global concern

Community-based adaptation is about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change. At the recent 5th annual conference on “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, researchers, practitioners and policymakers gathered to share knowledge and experience in planning and practicing adaptation at different levels. …  

06 Apr 2011 | News story

Thais pay respect to Nature, Doi Mae Salong,Thailand

Thais pay respect to Nature in WWD

   The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest.  

05 Apr 2011 | News story
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The first forest nursery – April 2002

Reforesting Saint Helena

A forest restoration project on St Helena, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, has been presented with a major UK conservation award. Since 2002, the local community has planted over 10,000 endangered Gumwood trees that are found nowhere else in the world to reinstate the native forest of 250 hectares. …  

05 Apr 2011 | News story

From left to right bottom: Ms. Aroha Mead, Dr. Ricardo Lorenzetti, Ms. Sheila Abed, Dr. Kathryn Kintzele, Ms. Claudia De Windt From left to right top: Mr. Juan Marco Alvarez, Prof. David Hunter, Prof. Antonio Benjamin, Prof. José Juan Gonzalez

CEL Steering Committee meeting 2011

The Commission on Environmental Law held the 2011 meeting on March 24th and 25th in Asuncion, Paraguay. The CEL Chair presented the 2010 Report to Steering Committee members and guests.
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05 Apr 2011 | News story
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Aboard the Gaualofa, the Samoan va’a. Crew members educating school children on Ocean threats.

Working with Vaka crews on environmental messaging

IUCN Oceania has had a close relationship with the Fiji Islands Voyaging Society (FIVS) since its inception in 2009, to the point that staff have been aboard the Uto Ni Yalo (the FIVS flagship) on several occasions, and one staff member joining a sail to Savusavu as a crew member. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

GPS radio collaring of a rhino

Rumbles in the jungle

Naresh Subedi, Nepal

Office? The jungle. Colleagues? Elephants, rhinos and tigers. Naresh Subedi has many stories to tell. Stories that are not only fascinating and impressive but that can also make your hair stand on end. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Héctor Antonio Caymaris Zanelli

The lonely ranger

Héctor Antonio Caymaris Zanelli - Uruguay

No salary and lack of government support have not stopped the young park ranger Héctor Caymaris from reversing the decline of species in Uruguay’s Laguna de Rocha reserve, showing the local communities what difference a young leader can make in protecting their natural treasures. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Phaivanh Phiapalath with local surveyor in Khoun Xe, 2010

The communicator

Dr Phaivanh Phiapalath - the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic

In a country like Laos, where rapid socio-economic development is driven by the exploitation of natural resources, and the human and financial resources to protect the environment are extremely scarce, nature conservation is not the highest priority. Phaivanh Phiapalath, IUCN's Senior Programme Officer specialized in protected areas management and wildlife in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, has found a way to put nature on top of many people’s agendas. His secret is 'friendly communication'. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Having just caught his first Flatback turtle during a ‘turtle rodeo’ trip in Australia, Nick celebrates in turtle style.

The man who saves turtles

Dr Nicolas Pilcher - Malaysia

Nick saves sea turtles. In a nutshell that’s what he does. But he has to look far beyond their nesting grounds to make it work. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Pascal and Prudence

Conservation for peace

Prudence Mazambi and Pascal Murhula Balezi, the Democratic Republic of Congo 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, despite the area’s instability and prevalent violence, two young conservationists fight to protect the environment through comics, theatre performances, radio programmes and reforestation initiatives. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story