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  • Photo: Lam Hung Loc - an IUCN volunteer in Con Dao NP in 2015 © IUCN Viet Nam

    Blog: IUCN changed my life #2

    26.06.2017

    Back in 2015, I was a university student who travelled and went backpacking often. However the volunteer trip to Bay Canh Island in Con Dao National Park organized by IUCN was a very different experience for me and unlike any other trip I had been on.

  • Golden snub-nosed monkey, Hubei Shennongjia, China Hubei Shennongjia provides habitat for numerous rare species such as the Endangered golden snub-nosed monkey and the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander – the world’s largest amphibian. Photo: IUCN / Bruce Jefferies

    Wilderness areas are fast declining and World Heritage can protect them, says IUCN report

    26.06.2017

    New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas, and large landscapes and seascapes, as they are increasingly threatened, including by climate...

  • White-rumped Vulture in Habiganj, Bangladesh Photo: A B M Sarowar Alam / IUCN

    Blog: Mainstreaming Meloxicam, a vulture-friendly drug

    19.06.2017

    The primary reason for the recent massive decline in vulture population is the use of harmful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used as veterinary painkillers. Two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh have joined in the effort to...

  • Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari IUCN Director General Inger Andersen greets Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari during her visit to IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland 16 June 2017. Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    President of Nepal visits IUCN to strengthen future collaboration

    16.06.2017

    President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari met with Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today at the organisation’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration...

  • Now that communities have community forest certificates, local people are in a better position to participate in sustainable small scale enterprises as long as enabling conditions are met.  Photo: © RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests

    To keep our coasts, coastal communities must benefit from sustainable enterprises

    16.06.2017

    This article, written by representatives from RECOFTC – a Mangroves for the Future grantee, emphasises the need to promote integrated coastal management and private sector solutions that help coastal communities develop sustainable community enterprises...

  • A charred Hello Kitty toy sits before a smoking mountain of trash Photo: © Siriporn Sriaram / IUCN

    More effective waste management through engaged communities

    15.06.2017

    To most, it’s just a giant landfill – holding approximately 60,000 tonnes of waste. But to some of the locals of Trat province, the Had Ploy Dang dumping ground, which is located in the Mairood Sub-district is known as the ‘golden mountain’. Why? Because,...

  • Leatherback sea turtle. Classified as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™  Photo: © Claudia Lombard

    IUCN and Anantara collaborate to protect marine turtles in Sri Lanka

    14.06.2017

    At a time where increasing pressure is being placed on the environment, the private sector is realising the importance of conserving natural habitats and biodiversity in order to protect the viability of their businesses. In Sri Lanka, as a symbol of their...

  • Sonim Veth, IUCN Cambodia Field Coordinator, initiates the mapping activity Sonim Veth, IUCN Cambodia Field Coordinator, initiates the mapping activity Photo: © IUCN / Ariel Stenger

    Blog: Connecting to people connected to nature

    09.06.2017

    I pulled my phone out of my pocket to find a new message: I was out of service and increased data charges would apply. For the next six days, contact with the outside world would be limited to late evenings in the guest house: freedom.

  • Astola Island, Pakistan Astola Island, Pakistan Photo: IUCN Pakistan

    Is the tide turning for oceans?

    09.06.2017

    This opinion editorial, authored by Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia, highlights how establishing marine protected areas could be a key means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and curbing climate impacts.   

  • Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Photo: WWF, 2012

    Mexican World Heritage site is in danger as vaquita faces extinction, according to IUCN

    08.06.2017

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends in-danger status for Mexico’s World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, after a mission confirmed the vaquita – the smallest and most endangered species of...

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