2013

Blanket bog of the Flow Country, Forsinard, UK

New era for UK's peatlands

United Kingdom’s Minister for the Environment Richard Benyon announced a new initiative for peatland conservation at the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s conference in York on 10-12 September 2013. The Peatland Code will help companies contribute to peatland restoration. …  

26 Sep 2013 | News story
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World Water Week Stockholm

Adaptive Water Governance in Action

One of the key messages coming from this year's World Water Week in Stockholm was that climate change is an opportunity for transboundary cooperation. After a series of different seminars and side events dedicated to exploring this topic, there are several arguments that support this.

It is clear that a growing number of eco regions and countries are experiencing rising levels of water stress as climate change is putting additional pressure on the availability of water resources. This is experienced mainly through higher variability, intensity and frequency of droughts and floods. In a transboundary context, the additional pressure on water resources leaves two options. Firstly, States can opt for unilateral action motivated by self-interest in a context of competition over water. However, this can exacerbate existing regional tensions and may eventually lead to conflict. Secondly, the vital nature of freshwater can also be seen as a key ingredient for cooperation. …  

26 Sep 2013 | News story
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Parks 19.2

Why nature needs half

In this preview paper for issue 19.2 of PARKS: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation, conservationist, writer and photographer Harvey Locke argues that we need to “assert nature’s needs fearlessly” by setting aside at least half of the world’s, land and water, for protected areas. …  

26 Sep 2013 | Article

IUCN Lao PDR staff, joined by government and NGO partners for July 4th workshop in Vientiane

Engaging local communities, authorities and academic in Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihoods along the Mekong River

Finalization of Phase 2 of the CEPF supported “Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihoods along the Mekong River in Luang Phrabang, Xayabouri and Vientiane Provinces, Laos 

26 Sep 2013 | Article

Local fishermen harvesting shrimps in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

BCR pilot projects rolling out in Vietnam

August marks an important milestone for the BCR project in Vietnam. Having worked with community and government partners to identify priority resilience building pilot projects, the project is now working with partners to roll out these projects. Approximately US$350,000 has been allocated for their implementation including approximately $50,000 in co-funding from the IUCN MCC/MFF project in Ben Tre. The 10 pilot projects involve the following: …  

26 Sep 2013 | News story
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Nexus Workshop - Bogotá

La infraestructura hidríca, tema central del Taller Nexus en Bogotá

El evento reúne a participantes de diferentes sectores del agua, la energía y los alimentos para discutir soluciones y vías de avance en la optimización de la infraestructura hídrica que permitan satisfacer las necesidades de crecimiento hasta 2050. …  

25 Sep 2013 | News story
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Ubicación de la Cuenca del río Cahoacán

"Bosques, Selvas y Agua protegeremos en el Cahoacán, juntos lo lograremos"

Campaña por el Ordulllo del Río Cahoacán en México …  

25 Sep 2013 | News story
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Chiribequete NP, Colombia

Colombia makes history with huge expansion of largest national park

The Ministry of the Environment and Development of Colombia has made history with the announcement of an expansion of the country’s largest national park, Serranía de Chiribiquete. The park, which is located in the heart of Colombian Amazonia, will be expanded to over twice its original size, from 1,298,954 hectares to 2,782,353 hectares, marking the first time in Colombia’s history a protected area has been enlarged by over 1.5 million hectares. …  

25 Sep 2013 | Article

Pavan Sukhdev at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

The nature of value and the value of nature

Interview with renowned environmental economist and global thought leader in sustainability, Pavan Sukhdev. …  

25 Sep 2013 | Article

Tana River

WISE-UP to Climate: New project on water and climate adaptation

WISE-UP to Climate, a new project recently launched by the IUCN Global Water Programme, will demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. …  

25 Sep 2013 | News story