West Asia

The Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)

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  • Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia Photo: IUCN / Charles Besancon

    Conserving Nature in a time of crisis: Protected Areas and COVID-19


    Many of the threats facing biodiversity and protected areas will be exacerbated during, and following, the Covid-19 outbreak. The health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. An expanding agricultural frontier and human incursions into natural...

  • Lebanon Flag Photo: IUCN ROWA

    Lebanon enters the eastern Mediterranean’s oil and gas fray


    Lebanon, in the throes of a banking, monetary and financial crisis, is looking for a ray of light at the bottom of the sea. In February, it began exploring potential oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor. But given the complex web of geostrategic...

  • Girl drinking from a water tap in Bamako, Mali Photo: ©Shutterstock/Riccardo Mayer

    World Water Day 2020: Investing in water is investing in resilience


    With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, handwashing to prevent infection has become a number one priority. Yet, access to clean water for handwashing is still a luxury for many. Over 3 billion people lack basic handwashing facilities, and 1 in 3 people...

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