2013

Water conservation

Revisiting the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty

Hamid Sarfraz*

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Islamabad, Pakistan

This article analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) in light of the UN Watercourses Convention. The IWT is, to a large extent, still relevant but must incorporate contemporary environmental standards and the social realities that are impacting water resources. Proposals for improving the IWT include the incorporation of provisions related to joint research initiatives, optimal use of available resources through mutually negotiated trade-offs, a joint climate change adaptation strategy, consideration of environmental flow needs, and joint water development and energy generation. …  

10 Apr 2013 | Article

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Against All Odds

Daily news reports of poaching to fuel the international trade in rhino horn seem to paint a bleak future for many of the five rhinoceros species all listed as threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It seems the pressure of hunting could crush this pachyderm’s prospects for survival. But there is hope and SOS is proud to be part of the solution that can deliver meaningful and measurable conservation impacts on the ground. …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Halgolla estate

Enhancing the Ecological Integrity and Ecological Services of Halgolla Estate

Halgolla is a 1,196 ha tea estate managed by Kelani Valley Plantations PLC. It is located in Yatiyanthota in the Sabaragamuwa Province.The Wewalthalawa watershed is a unique and isolated watershed area within Halgolla Estate, and forms the catchment of Olu Oya, which feeds the Kelani River through Wee Oya. …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story
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IUCN HSBC Water Programme Launch

IUCN Sri Lanka and HSBC Sri Lanka Launch Restoration of the Kapirikgama Cascading Tank System in Anuradhapura District

The traditional cascade tank irrigation system in the Anuradhapura District of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka dates back to the 4th Century BC or earlier. These sophisticated hydraulic systems sustained a self-sufficient agricultural society in an ancient civilization, which thrived for thousands of years. …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story
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Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Honouring forest heroes and champions

Five seemingly ordinary people who have done extraordinary work for their communities and forests are being recognized as 'Forest Heroes' at a special 'Forests for People' ceremony taking place today in Istanbul. The awards are being presented as 197 member States meet at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Maritza Morales Casanova - Rolex Young Laureate

Inspiring children to build a sustainable future

Maritza Morales Casanova has spent much of the last 18 years inspiring children to respect and care for Mexico’s natural environment. What makes her story truly remarkable is that Maritza is just 28 years old. With the support of her Rolex Award for Enterprise, she is constructing an educational center where young people will learn from their peers how to create a sustainable future. …  

09 Apr 2013 | Article
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Participants de la Rencontre Internationale pour la Sauvegarde des oasis, 23 et 24 mars 2013 à Zarzis (Tunisie)

International Manifesto for sustainable development of oasis

The 110 participants that attended the International Conference to save oasis held in Zarzis-Djerba (Tunisia) on 23, 24 March 2013, urged to call for strengthened commitment, effort and resources to preserve oasis ecosystems. During two-day conference, experts from non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, agriculture associations, cooperation agencies and political organizations representing 15 countries embarked on a multi-stakeholder dialogue and shared their experiences, concerns and proposals for sustainable oasis.  …  

09 Apr 2013 | News story

Irrigation of food crops

Your questions answered: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Following the launch of the 'Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions', a Question & Answer overview on the initiative is now available. …  

09 Apr 2013 | News story
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Intervention led by IUCN experts stops import of Asian horseshoe crabs into USA

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a network of experts who provide knowledge and advice on species and a wide range of conservation issues. Recently, the IUCN SSC Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group proved how successful this network can be at influencing conservation action by leading an intervention that has led to an import ban on Asian horseshoe crabs destined to be bait in the USA. …  

08 Apr 2013 | News story

University students participated WWD 2013

Protecting Wetlands is Protecting Sources of Water

Koh Kong, Cambodia, 23 and 24 February - More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the World Wetlands’ Day in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (PKWS) in Koh Kong, which is home to the largest mangrove forests in Cambodia.   …  

08 Apr 2013 | Article
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