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Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, World Heritage site in China

Working with water for better cities

Growing populations in towns and cities worldwide mean that more pressure is placed on our natural water supplies. Protecting water resources upstream must become a priority to ensure that people living in towns and cities downstream have access to clean water for their basic needs. …   | Chinese

30 Aug 2010 | International news release

Water, a scare resource

Averting the next global credit crunch: water

The sudden absence or overabundance of water makes the abstract and invisible forces of climate change painfully clear, writes Dr Mark Smith, Head of IUCN’s Water Programme: torrential rains wash away fertile soils and dried up rivers no longer water lush gardens and wetland beauty. …  

30 Aug 2010 | Article
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IUCN’s alarm call for Eurasian steppes

Growing threats to Euroasian steppes such as overgrazing, afforestation and climate change will be the focus of an international conference organized by IUCN from 9th to 12th September in the Hustai National Park in Mongolia. The meeting will be attended by experts on natural grasslands but also by politicians and people that rely on steppes in their everyday lives, such as pastoralists. …  

27 Aug 2010 | News story

Spinner dolphins in the Red Sea marine protected area (Egypt)

El Sallum - Egypt's latest environmental success

The last nearly pristine area in the Egyptian Mediterranean, El Sallum, has become the first Marine Protected Area on the country's Mediterranean coast. …  

27 Aug 2010 | Article

Red Sea

Comment conserver les récifs de la Mer Rouge haut en couleur

La Mer Rouge héberge l’un des systèmes de récifs de coraux les plus riches qui comme presque tous les autres récifs au monde, subit les effets du changement climatique. Le blanchiment des coraux menace non seulement les récifs, mais aussi le tourisme et les pêcheries qui en dépendent. 

27 Aug 2010 | News story

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Message from the Deputy Director General: Freshwater conservation

Watch IUCN Deputy Director General Bill Jackson talk about freshwater conservation challenges and explain what IUCN is doing to make sure that there's enough water in the world both for nature and for people. …  

27 Aug 2010 | Video

Sugar cane plantations at Santa Clara province, Cuba

Reducing the impact of biofuels on the environment and local communities

Energy company Shell and sugar giant Cosan have announced a partnership to produce biofuels from Brazilian sugarcane. IUCN will work through its partnership with Shell to ensure that the impact of these operations on local communities and nature are minimised. …  

26 Aug 2010 | News story

Togitogiga Waterfalls, Samoa

A voice for all

“Samoa is blessed with fertile soils and abundant nature”, says Yvette Kerslake, “but freshwater resources are getting scarce.” Yvette works as Principal Watershed Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in Apia, Samoa’s capital. She is part of a team in charge of the rehabilitation and sustainable management of the Togitogiga catchment, a project jointly implemented by MNRE and IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI). …  

26 Aug 2010 | News story

Girl with sea turtle, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Mexico’s Ministers tackle dual challenges of gender inequality and climate change

National and state-level ministers of the environment gathered in Mexico on Friday as the country pushes forward its plans to improve equality between men and women, enhancing its capacity to respond to the threats of climate change. 

24 Aug 2010 | Article

Forests in Svaneti, Georgia

Georgian government signs forest governance agreement

An agreement of cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia has been signed to improve governance and transparency. On August 17, 2010, in Tbilisi, IUCN signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia. IUCN is implementing activities under the ENPI FLEG program and will provide technical assistance to the newly established Forest Agency of Georgia to help increase the Agency’s communication capacity. The overall goal of the cooperation is to improve governance in forestry sector and raise awareness on forest issues. …  

24 Aug 2010 | Article
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