Laurel forest in Macaronesia

Political momentum on the value of EU islands and overseas territories

The full report of the conference on Islands and EU Overseas Entities’ Contribution to Biodiversity Conservation and the Fight Against Climate Change is now available. This conference aimed to create political momentum at the EU and international levels for the recognition of islands and overseas entities’ assets and values and highlighted their key role for successful climate change adaptation strategies and biodiversity policies. It took place in December 2011 at the European Parliament.  …  

27 Feb 2012 | News story


Midterm Review of Phase 2 of MFF Small Grants Facility in Sri Lanka

The Phase 2 of the Small Grants Facility (SGF) of the Mangrove for the Future (MFF) initiative which commenced operation in 2011 has so far funded 22 projects to be implemented in five coastal priority areas in Sri Lanka. 

27 Feb 2012 | News story

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Generation '92 – European youth video competition

What is your vision for sustainable living in 20 years' time? Competition Generation '92, organized by the European Environment Agency (EEA), offers the opportunity for young Europeans born in 1991, 1992 or 1993 to make a video showing their vision of a sustainable future. …  

27 Feb 2012 | News story
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CEC member Kadri Kalle is among the organizers pictured here for the annual TalveAkadeemia (WinterAcacdemy), a student-organized science conference

Estonia's student conference on sustainability marks 10th year

More than 560 students have attended the student-run WinterAcademy. In March 2012, the theme is a green economy for Estonia. CEC member Kadri Kalle reports. …  

25 Feb 2012 | News story

Roomi S. Hayat, CEO of Institute of Rural Management, Pakistan

Green Practices at Pakistan’s Institute of Rural Management

CEC member Roomi S. Hayat, CEO of the Institute of Rural Management (IRM), shares the green practices that became the secret ingredient for the evolution and success of the organization he founded. …  

25 Feb 2012 | News story

Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 80
Law, Policy and Dryland Ecosystems in China

Dryland Ecosystems in China: the Role of Law

Law, Policy and Dryland Ecosystems in the People’s Republic of China, IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 80, is now available in print and electronically. The publication was co-edited by Ian Hannam and Du Qun, respectively the Chair and former Co-Chair of the Sustainable Soils and Desertification Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL). The book also represents the fruits of a successful collaboration between environmental law specialists from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP). …  

24 Feb 2012 | News story

Les membres et le secrétariat de l'UICN au Cameroun définissent les orientations du plan de travail 2012 de l'UICN-Cameroun

Cameroun : UICN et membres main dans la main pour la mise en œuvre du plan de travail 2012

Dans le but de contribuer à la mise en œuvre de la stratégie d’intervention définie lors de la réunion d’installation du Comité National des membres de l’UICN au Cameroun en Mai 2011, une réunion a eu lieu dans la Salle de Conférence de l’UICN le 22 février 2012. Elle regroupait les membres et le personnel du Secrétariat de l’UICN au Cameroun. …  

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Diversifying protected areas governance in the Caucasus

Public participation in protected areas management in the Caucasus is high on the agenda for IUCN.  New governance approaches which contribute to effective management and sustainable natural resource use are at the centre of IUCN’s efforts in the region. …  

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Mangroves in Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Mangroves conservation in Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Lap An Lagoon lies in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua-Thien-Hue Province. Twenty years ago, the lagoon had about 100 hectares of mangroves. By 2010, there were only five hectares of poor quality mangrove left. This rapid decline was the result of conversion to aquaculture, unsustainable fishing, and road building. The remaining mangroves are now threatened by clearance for a golf course that forms part of the local government’s master plan for the Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone. …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | Article
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Participants attend a consultation workshop organized by VRN

Supporting civil society to influence the development of Vietnam’s Water Law

In 2011, Mekong Water Dialogue (MWD) funded Vietnam River Network (VRN) to do a detailed review of draft versions of the new Water Law. VRN and the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) organized a series of consultation meetings to gather feedback from local NGOs, academia, and the general public. A report summarizing this feedback (in Vietnamese and a summary in English) is available on the MWD website. In 2012, MWD will continue to support civil society efforts to target the National Assembly, which has the ultimate authority for reviewing and approving laws, specifically the need for the Water Law to explicitly incorporate the principles of integrated water resource management, address international waters, and ensure public participation in water resource management. …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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