Ecosystem

Tahir Qureshi

A blessing in disguise

Tahir Qureshi – Pakistan

“In 1984, when I was a Divisional Forest Officer, I was kidnapped in the thick forest of Dadu, in southern Pakistan. The armed gang kept me in captivity for two nights but it seemed like a thousand years. My confidence was shattered and my career took a turn for what I thought at the time was the worst. After this, I decided to work on coastal conservation. This change, which involved restoring mangroves, was actually a blessing in disguise. It gave me a platform to chart completely unexplored territory in Pakistan.” …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Renata, her daughters and an ocelot at Los Amigos

Trapped in the Amazon!

Renata Leite Pitman - Brazil

“Ten years ago, moved by curiosity, I planned a three-month expedition to the south east of Peru to learn more about an elusive species, and maybe trap and radio collar it. Ten years later, I feel it was the animal that trapped me!,” says Renata Leite Pitman. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Camels transport Buddhist relics long-buried in Mongolia's Gobi Desert

IUCN instrumental in UN strategy on gender and desertification

IUCN recently hosted a key meeting in Bonn, Germany, on mainstreaming gender in the United Nations’ work dealing with desertification. …  

01 Apr 2011 | News story

Huascarán, Ecuador

Acting beyond boundaries to address urban water challenge

You cannot optimize water in cities without looking at the natural water basin or catchment areas which are serving them” said Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Water Programme during a recent workshop at the UN World Water Day conference in Cape Town. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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Sixoala watershed workshop

Climate change resilience and good water governance in Mesoamerica

A recent workshop in the Sixaola River watershed, located on the Caribbean side of the Costa Rica-Panama border, highlighted the vulnerability of communities to increasing climate change impacts. …   | Spanish

28 Mar 2011 | News story

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Joint Statement on the Launch of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels Certification System

The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), a leading multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels, will launch its global certification system during the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Rotterdam on March 22, 2011. …  

23 Mar 2011 | News story

Child bathing in Jordan

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Water course rehabilitation in Sabakzai, Balochistan

Supporting traditional water systems in Pakistan

Karez systems in Pakistan are traditional practices of water tapping and channelling. Due to overpumping of groundwater aquifers in Balochistan province, of an estimated 800 karezes, 175 have dried up in recent decades. …  

10 Mar 2011 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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