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Héctor Antonio Caymaris Zanelli

The lonely ranger

Héctor Antonio Caymaris Zanelli - Uruguay

No salary and lack of government support have not stopped the young park ranger Héctor Caymaris from reversing the decline of species in Uruguay’s Laguna de Rocha reserve, showing the local communities what difference a young leader can make in protecting their natural treasures. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Phaivanh Phiapalath with local surveyor in Khoun Xe, 2010

The communicator

Dr Phaivanh Phiapalath - the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic

In a country like Laos, where rapid socio-economic development is driven by the exploitation of natural resources, and the human and financial resources to protect the environment are extremely scarce, nature conservation is not the highest priority. Phaivanh Phiapalath, IUCN's Senior Programme Officer specialized in protected areas management and wildlife in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, has found a way to put nature on top of many people’s agendas. His secret is 'friendly communication'. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Having just caught his first Flatback turtle during a ‘turtle rodeo’ trip in Australia, Nick celebrates in turtle style.

The man who saves turtles

Dr Nicolas Pilcher - Malaysia

Nick saves sea turtles. In a nutshell that’s what he does. But he has to look far beyond their nesting grounds to make it work. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Pascal and Prudence

Conservation for peace

Prudence Mazambi and Pascal Murhula Balezi, the Democratic Republic of Congo 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, despite the area’s instability and prevalent violence, two young conservationists fight to protect the environment through comics, theatre performances, radio programmes and reforestation initiatives. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

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

Mrs. Teerasignha (standed, far right) with members of the Koh Tao, Surat Thani government, Klang’s Mayor, IUCN, and Save Koh Tao Community group

Koh Tao Island preserves paradise by managing waste

Koh Tao in Surat Thani province celebrated “Preserving Paradise: Save Koh Tao Festival” on March 26-26 marking the island’s dedication to protect the sea and island environment. IUCN Thailand, an active partner of MFF, supported the local Green Island Movement’s “Waste Management Exhibition and Practice Demonstration” during the festival. A forum organized by IUCN brought community leaders and members, and government representatives from Koh Tao and Surat Thani province, to discuss waste management initiatives in schools, households, and tourism establishments. The attendees affirmed the need for balance between preserving Koh Tao’s natural environment and developing economic opportunities from tourism and other activities. The island’s Waste Management program allows villagers, tourists, tour operators, and provincial authorities to maintain this balance. …  

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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River in the South

Thai RBOs assessment discussion

 IUCN Thailand held a consultation meeting on 24 March to discuss an assessment of River Basin Organizations (RBOs). It was proposed to use the Chi River Basin as a case study to help understand the situation of RBOs, their strengths and weakness in Khon Kean, the second largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.   
 

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Mae Chan river basin dialogue_Chiang Rai_Thailand

Mae Chan River Basin Dialogue

 A meeting to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue was held on 20 March. More than 30 representatives attended from the Land Development Office, the Agriculture Office, Non-government organizations and communities along Mae Chan River Basin. The participants shared their knowledge of the water and land use situation for integrated management of the Mae Chan River Basin of the Mekong Catchment in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. The outcomes of the dialogue have laid foundations for the discussions of water management for Indigenous people, planned in April.    

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Whale shark in Djibouti

Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Have you been exploring the underwater world with your photo camera? Would you like to share your underwater photos to inspire others? From 18 March to 15 April 2011, you are invited to participate in IUCN’s 2011 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest.  …  

01 Apr 2011 | Article
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