2013

Mark Smith speaking at the Second Asia Pacific Water Summit

Asia Pacific Water Summit: regional cooperation essential

The 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit recently took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a focus on 'Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment'. …  

11 Jul 2013 | News story

An iconic scene of East Africa

IUCN's First REDD+ Roundup Newsletter is Now Out

The REDD+ Roundup shares links to the latest news on IUCN's work at the global, regional and national level to help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.  …  

11 Jul 2013 | Article

MFF Countries 2012

Special Meeting of IUCN Regional Directors discusses replication of Mangroves for the Future Initiative beyond Asia.

Regional Directors from IUCN Asia, Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and Oceania met in Bangkok, Thailand from 4 -5 June for a special meeting to discuss the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Initiative as a successful and replicable model programme for other IUCN regions. …  

11 Jul 2013 | News story
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Landless households in the core zone

Stopping charcoal production in Mui Ca Mau National Park: work without end

In 2012, IUCN issued a small grant to the Mui Ca Mau National Park Management Board to support five local community mangrove protection groups. Last week, as part of a grantee monitoring visit, I attended a monthly meeting at which the protection groups report back to the management board on illegal mangrove cutting and their efforts to close down the charcoal kilns that are driving the mangrove cutting. In June 2013, the protection groups demolished more than 200 kilns. These are small kilns that earn households VND3,000,000/month. But past experience indicates that many of these kilns will quickly be rebuilt because the households have no other economic alternative. …  

11 Jul 2013 | Article
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Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

Action Plan to boost visibility of the world's drylands

10 July 2013 – Caux, Switzerland. The heads of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today signed an agreement aimed at drawing global attention to the value of drylands and their threatened status as ecosystems. …  

10 Jul 2013 | News story

Urban Biodiversity Forum

Greener cities, space for nature!

The latest issue of the IUCN European Newsletter focuses on urban biodiversity. Around 75% of Europeans live in cities according to the European Environment Agency, and the concentration of people and the infrastructure they need to live, can have a tremendous impact on nature.  …  

10 Jul 2013 | News story
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Eye and globe

Evaluation and evolution: Raising the bar for the next Congress

The Congress evaluation shows that participants were highly satisfied with the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, which gave them a unique opportunity to debate on a wide range of biodiversity-related issues and allowed for creativity away from overly focused events or highly politicized decision-making bodies. The IUCN Congress, particularly the Forum, was seen as the perfect niche offering unequalled opportunities for sharing and engagement. …   | French | Spanish

10 Jul 2013 | News story

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Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations

Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world. 

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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Petchrung Sukpong and Louis Bourne, IUCN's Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Seagrass survey team.

Talk to the seagrass surveyors

From May to June 2013, Ms Petchrung Sukpong and Mr Louis Bourne were part of the IUCN team surveying seagrass in Kampot province, Cambodia. Ms Sukpong hails from Hua Hin in Thailand, and studied environmental planning for her Master’s degree. Specialising in coastal management, she developed this academic interest whilst working on coral reef rehabilitation in Phuket. She later joined IUCN’s Thailand programme to provide technical support for marine and coastal conservation. Her colleague, Mr Bourne, is a British-Thai resident of Chiang Mai in Thailand. After living in numerous countries across the world, he went on to pursue marine biology at Newcastle University in the UK. Together, they conducted fieldwork and compiled results, with the support of their team representing Department of Environment (DoE) and Department of Fisheries Administration (FiA) on the field and IUCN colleagues.  …  

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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Sovann Morm, Head of Community Fisheries Coalition in Beoung Chhmar Ramsar Site

Fisheries Conservation expected to improve fishers’ livelihood

Through the Prime Minister's Sub-Decree 37, all commercial fishing lots around Tonle Sap Lake were abolished in favour of community fishing and fish conservation. Local fishers can now catch more fish and have access to fishing grounds that were previously off limits. Mr. Sovann Morm, Head of Community Fisheries Coalition in Beoung Chhmar Ramsar Site, bore testimony on 21 June 2013 to the fact that sustainable fisheries resources management will improve local livelihood around Tonle Sap.  …  

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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