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Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

It's time for action on adaptation

One of IUCN's rallying cries at UNFCCC COP17 in Durban is "Time for action on adaptation". Ed Barrow, Head of IUCN's Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme, goes  in to more detail on this key message, starting by explaining IUCN's understanding of adaptation.   …  

03 Dec 2011 | News story

El Salvador

Governance of the Goascorán River: a shared resource between El Salvador and Honduras

As part of the IUCN Building River Dialogues and Governance (BRIDGE) project, a workshop was held to strengthen governance capacity of the transboundary river Goascorán. This river basin is shared by Honduras and El Salvador, an area of great environmental, economical and geopolitical importance in the region. …   | Spanish

01 Dec 2011 | News story

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Sharing water, sharing benefits: lessons on dams from West Africa

More than 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the past 50 years. Many more are in the planning to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. But how can these developments rime with environmental sustainability and participatory processes? …   | French

29 Nov 2011 | News story

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IUCN Membership tops 1200

On 16 November 2011, the 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 52 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members. IUCN Membership now tops 1200 organizations and institutions. …   | French | Spanish

29 Nov 2011 | News story

Lachuá Lagoon National Park

Protected, naturally

More than 180,000 protected areas—national parks, nature reserves and so on—now cover over 12% of the world’s land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and helping people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are the findings of a newly-published paper in the journal Solutions. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

Taking matters into their own hands: West African farmers brace against drought

Climate change means the drylands of West Africa are likely to become more arid and less productive. In the Sahel region, which has been plagued by drought in recent decades, farmers are using natural methods to boost their resilience. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

water

Strengthening the defences

Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt more than the Pacific Islands where governments are starting to realise the importance of managing ecosystems in a sustainable way to help their countries adapt to this growing challenge. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

Pioneering Water Solutions in Urbanising Areas, Kuala Lumpur, 21-24 November

River basins as urban water infrastructure at the IWA congress

As more than 700 international water experts gather in Kuala Lumpur for the IWA congress, IUCN shifts the focus from cities to their basins, and the key role natural infrastructure plays in the expansion of urban centres worldwide. …  

23 Nov 2011 | News story

Karstic lake Skadar, Kroatia

IUCN, GEF and a global surface freshwater community of practice

‘Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results’ was the slogan of the 6th GEF International Waters Conference, held in Dubrovnik from 17-20 October, in which IUCN contributed its knowledge and experience on water management. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), a species endemic to Cayman Islands and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

Europe’s overseas territories need more protection

Giant “Mountain Chicken” frogs, the 25 million bird island, and a rainforest the size of Portugal are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and in need of greater protection, according to a new report published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

02 Nov 2011 | News story