West Asia


  • Participants in the MPA Training in Syria Photo: Khaldoun Alomari

    The third Marine Protected Areas Management Planning Workshop held in Syria


    Twenty Syrian biodiversity experts participated in a 6-day training workshop on Marine Protected Areas Management and Planning, which was conducted by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in partnership with the Syrian Ministry of Environment.

  • Children washing hands, Guatemala Photo: IUCNWater Programme

    IUCN elected to the World Water Council Board of Governors


    IUCN has been elected to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council (WWC) during its 5th General Assembly in Marseille, 14-16 October

  • Arab delegates participating in the Gender & Climate Change Delegates Briefing Photo: IUCN GGCA

    IUCN West Asia contributes to the gender and climate change training in Bangkok


    In parallel with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Meeting in Bangkok, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia participated in the Training of Trainers on Gender and Climate Change. This Asian chapter of the training is the fifth...

  • Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, IUCN West Asia Regional Director during the Greenomics Conference 2009 in Dubai Photo: Majdi Salameh

    IUCN contribution in transition to Green Economy in West Asia


    IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) contributed in the Greenomics 2009 conference in Dubai which focused on the need and value of ensuring harmony between society, markets and environment. Energy conservation and efficiency enhancement were highlighted...

  • Looking for firewood in Um Zibil Forest Reserve Photo: © Intu Boedhihartono

    Will REDD make a difference?


    Arild Angelsen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and CIFOR gives a ‘cynical optimist’s’ view on whether REDD will work.

  • Erosion Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    REDD-plus: will the ‘broad bridge’ hold up under the strain?


    Consuelo Espinosa Proaño of IUCN calls for a broadbased approach to forestbased mitigation as a bridging mechanism towards a lowcarbon economy.

  • Q’eqchí’-Maya girl helps to fill bags with soil in a large nursery in the Lachuá, Guatemala Photo: IUCN Photo Library © IUCN / Marco Calvo

    REDD: putting women at risk or providing opportunities?


    Jeannette Gurung of WOCAN highlights some of the gender differentiated impacts of REDD.  

  • Edible bamboo shoots for sale in Northern Lao PDR Photo: Joost Foppes / IUCN

    Getting REDD right for forest people


    Mark Poffenberger of Community Forestry International calls for the climate mitigation negotiations to take account of the rights and concerns of forest dependent people.

  • Logging truck Photo: IUCN

    Forest governance and climate policies


    Fred Stolle of the World Resources Institute looks at the need for REDD to address forest governance issues as well as creating market incentives.

  • Forest fire in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Jim Thorsell

    Forests, people and climate change: the REDD solution


    Major reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are necessary if we are to avoid disastrous climate change. Given that deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 17% of man-made global greenhouse gas emissions, conservation and sustainable...


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