• Protecting South Asia's elephants

    Elephant in the Room


    Threatened by a brutal wildlife trade, habitat loss and degradation, the Endangered Asian elephant is now largely confined to India, with smaller populations found in other South Asian countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

  • Women in the Sundarban's are financially independent after receiving financial training and starting a business making mats from local reeds

    Social Empowerment: Foundation for effective governance of natural resources


    More than 400,000 people living near the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh depend on forests for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, the health, wellbeing and quality of life of these people are often affected by recurring cyclones and poorly...

  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site

    Photo gallery: World Heritage mission to the Sundarbans in Bangladesh


    A mission report making a set of 10 recommendations for action to secure the long-term protection of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh has just been published. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) carried out a field mission to the site in...

  • Bio engineering work

    National workshop on Eco-DRR for improving community resilience


    Rural roads serve as lifelines for many communities in Nepal, but they also cause environmental degradation in the form of erosion, shallow landslides, and river sedimentation. As a solution, “eco-safe roads,” or those that incorporate soil bio-engineering...

  • A fisherman weighs his catch and prepares the fish to go to market © IUCN Cambodia

    Tapping into state funding for improved natural resource management


    In September 2016, IUCN and FACT organized a workshop in Siem Reap for local fishing communities and government officials to discuss difficulties accessing state funding for improved natural resource management in general and community fisheries (CFi) in...

  • Condolence message from IUCN on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej


    IUCN would like to express its profound sorrow and the deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the Government and people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

  • President Zhang Xinsheng of IUCN at the 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum

    Executive Pespective: A pioneer in sustainability and diversity from China


    This article, published in Sustainability Thomson Reuters, is an interview of Mr Zhang Xinsheng, President of IUCN and former Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board. In it, he talks about Eco Forum Global and his vision and implementation of...

  • The Dong Ampham National Biodiversity Conservation Area features a stunning array of forests, volcanic craters and mountainous areas © Aleksey Gnilenkov under a Creative Commons License

    Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR: Identifying the links


    A huge amount of the world's life, including human life, is dependent on biodiversity, making its loss one of the world’s most pressing crises. It is estimated that the current species extinction rate, for example, is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher...

  • Boat on the Mekong river in Laos

    Video: Key stakeholders’ perspectives on International Water Law in the Mekong


    International rivers, such as the Mekong, are crucial arteries carrying the lifeblood of freshwater that sustains human existence and ecosystems around the world. It is estimated that there are 276 transboundary river basins (TRB) and 200 transboundary...

  • EU-NSA Project in Tonle Sap, IUCN Cambodia


    Water is life in the Tonle Sap floodplain of Cambodia. As one of the world’s most unique freshwater ecosystems, one of its most productive inland fisheries, and a world cultural and environmental heritage site recognized by both UNESCO and the Ramsar...


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