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Multi-agency approach to improve the Water Safety in Kelani River

Multi-agency approach to improve the Water Safety in Kelani River

 Home for more than 25% of Sri Lankans, the Kelani River Basin (KRB) is the primary source of drinking water to millions of people living or working in Greater Colombo. Furthermore, a large number of industries and business depend on the natural resources and services provided by the basin. 

22 May 2015 | News story

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

Water doesn't follow political boundaries.

Blog from the World Water Forum VI: Count in Nature to Better Share Water

Isabelle Fauconnier, IUCN Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor. As I reflect on the rich sessions of the 7th World Water Forum, I feel at once buoyed by the stimulating challenges that water management offers us, and very curious about how we – the global water community of practice and beyond – will actually tackle these in the coming years. …  

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Arabian Oryx

Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows

A new IUCN study evaluating the impact of conservation action on ungulates (hoofed mammals) shows that species have greatly benefited from measures taken to prevent their extinction. If the conservation actions that have already been implemented had not taken place, at least 148 ungulate species would have deteriorated by one IUCN Red List category, including six species that would now be listed as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild. 

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story

A sand dune area was exploited for constructing shrimp ponds in Thanh Hai Commune, Ben Tre Province

Towards coastal resilience: Addressing climate change impacts in Ben Tre Province

Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC), a program under Mangroves for the Future (MFF), is focused on building resilience to climate change, decreasing vulnerability to disasters, and improving livelihoods. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has coordinated the program in Vietnam since 2013, with the financial support of Danida, Sida and Norad. Within the framework of MFF, a Small Grant Facility (SGF) has been established to support coastal provinces in Viet Nam to develop coastal resilience models addressing climate change impacts. The purpose of these pilot projects is to protect coastal ecosystems, most notably through the sustainable use and management of mangroves. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story
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Surveys funded by SOS lead to an increase of the known population of Yuanbaoshan firs

The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis) more than doubled following extensive surveys in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR), China in 2014. IUCN Member, Fauna & Flora International’s Xiaoya Li explains what this discovery means and how it will influence their conservation.   …  

17 Apr 2015 | News story

Landscape

Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | News story

Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia, Sept 2009

IUCN welcomes Mongolia as a new State Member

The Government of Mongolia has announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism has been designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Government of Mongolia.  | French | Spanish

02 Apr 2015 | News story

Pangolin scales for sale in Asia

World leaders reaffirm commitment to reducing illegal wildlife trade

Heads of state, ministers and high-level representatives of over 30 countries and Regional Economic Integration Organisations have adopted the Kasane Statement to reaffirm their commitment to ending the illegal wildlife trade. The statement was adopted at the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on 25 March in Botswana and organised by the Government of Botswana with the support of the UK government. …  

27 Mar 2015 | News story

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