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National Assembly Vice President Uong Chu Luu delivering opening remarks at the workshop

National Assembly and water governance

On March 28-April 1, 2015, the National Assembly (NA) will host the 132rd Assembly of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/132agnd.htm. On the agenda is a resolution on “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water”. In preparation, the NA organized a workshop in December, chaired by the NA Vice-President, to share ideas on water governance in Vietnam. The presentations on domestic and international water governance and plenary discussion raised some interesting issues. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2014 | Article
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Participants from Beung Kiat Ngong and Xe Champhone Ramsar sites discuss ways to improve tourism and rice cultivation.

Communities from Southern Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar site management

Community members from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site in Champasak province recently participated in a study tour in Xe Champhone Ramsar site in Savannakhet province. Held from 10-12 December 2014, the objective of the study tour, which is one of the closing activities of the four-year long Mekong Water Dialogues projects, was for communities to share experiences on Ramsar governance and promote the Ramsar Convention principle on the wise use of wetlands.  

28 Dec 2014 | News story

Tree Kangaroo

SOS at World Parks Congress

It’s late Monday evening at the World Parks Congress and there is a party booming outside on the lawn. Despite the late hour, upstairs in Hall 2, Pod North is crammed with people. Organised by SOS – Save Our Species, this event featured a selection of grantees presenting on their work.   …  

23 Dec 2014 | News story

Youth programme

Empowering youth with Ecosystem knowledge: Investing in Future

 Youth and the next generations are the owners and beneficiaries of the present day environment conservation. Environmental and ecological problems are emerging as a major challenge in Sri Lanka and expected to get further complicated by the climate change.
 

23 Dec 2014 | News story

The launch of “The Festschrift on the 50th Anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species”

IUCN Bangladesh celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Red List

The magical world of deep sea creatures, the majestic flight of falcon and recent tragic oil spill in the Sundarban captured the imagination of children yesterday as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List. The day was an opportunity for people in Bangladesh and also around the globe to celebrate the natural beauty of our planet and to reflect on the essential role biodiversity plays in our lives. …  

22 Dec 2014 | Article

Community mapping in the village of Phonmouang, a key village adjacent to Phou Sithon, Borlikhamxay Province in  Lao PDR in 2014

Inspiring conservation of Saola and other endemic species in Lao PDR

The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensisis) is probably the most endangered large mammal in the Indo-Burma region. For success in Saola conservation, immediate site-based actions are required to prevent rapid extinction, as well as longer-term initiatives to ensure the species’ survival in perpetuity. Seeking to meet these goals, this project is being implemented by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Saola Working Group in the newly-designated Phou Sithon Endangered Species Conservation Area, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR (one of the only protected areas in the Key Biodiversity Area "Eastern Bolikhamxay Mountains", covering 14,200 ha of evergreen forest), with funding from a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)/IUCN small grant. …  

22 Dec 2014 | Article

IUCN conducting water analysis with Kok Klang villagers

Improved Water Management for Climate Change Adaptation

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin, Kok Klang Village, Sakon Nakhon in Northeastern Thailand is projected to experience an increase in annual rainfall of about 13 percent. However, Kok Klang also faces greater variability in rainfall and dryer dry seasons. The community is already experiencing water shortages during several months of the year. Under USAID Mekong ARCC, IUCN is working with Kok Klang villagers to improve their water management practices and increase their resilience in the face of future changes. …  

21 Dec 2014 | Article

CEEbA project leaflet

CEEbA - Capacity Enhancement to Integrate Ecosystem-based Adaptation into Sub-national Development Planning in Lao PDR

Consistent with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme funded by the European Union, IUCN Lao PDR, in partnership with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Lao Biodiversity Association (LBA), has developed the “Capacity Enhancement to Integrate Ecosystem-based Adaptation into Sub-national Development Planning in Lao PDR (CEEbA)” project. 

 
 

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2011A-18, SOS, vultures

Adapt or die: lessons from Vulture Conservation in South Asia

For SOS Grantee Ananya Mukherjee, switching from dipstick technology to GPS-enabled bird-tagging was a classic case of adaptive management. Indeed it was one that allowed the larger vulture conservation project to continue working towards its objective: creating three effective Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs) on the Indian subcontinent.   …  

16 Dec 2014 | News story

Trainer Le Dai Tri facilitating the training workshop

Project learning: How to do it better

As a global network that relies heavily on partners to implement projects, IUCN issues a lot of small grants. In 2014 alone, two of our biggest programs, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), have awarded 21 small grants in Vietnam alone with a total budget of US$370,000. As part of our M&E process, IUCN staff make site visits to talk to grantees, meet beneficiaries, and check what’s happening the ground. …   | Vietnamese

16 Dec 2014 | Article
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