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A woman and children crossing the river at the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Protected Areas Increase Economic Gains in West Africa

Local populations living close to protected areas in West Africa , earn an additional 40% of their income from activities related to these areas. …  

14 Mar 2011 | International news release

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Media get an opportunity to witness issues related to ecosystems with special reference to tourism development in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka

The coastal stretch from Pottuvil to Panama on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide array of tourist attractions. . These include bays famous for surfing and bathing, coastal waters rich with fish resources, lagoons providing ideal niches for prawns, crabs and lobsters, rich mangrove stands – a heaven for aquatic fauna and birds, wide sandy beaches for beach lovers and tall sand dunes for those who seek adventures.  

14 Mar 2011 | News story
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Message from IUCN Director General on Japanese earthquake and tsunami

On behalf of all IUCN Members and staff, I join with people from around the world in extending sympathy and solidarity to the many families affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. …  

12 Mar 2011 | IUCN statement

The Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Stuart speaking at the launch of the SANBI’s Frog Conservation Research Strategy

IUCN Species Survival Commission member activities in South Africa

During his visit to South Africa, the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Simon Stuart, held meetings with members of the Species Survival Commission and its Specialist Groups. Today, Dr Stuart met with the SSC members at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in Pretoria. …  

11 Mar 2011 | News story

Village – Etang de la Capelle

Towards a strengthening of regional biodiversity strategies in France?

How will local authorities get mobilised following the launch of the new global strategy for biodiversity? The recent national (Grenelle de l’environnement) and international (10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity) commitments encourage local authorities to strengthen their involvement in biodiversity conservation. The IUCN French National Committee supports the reinforcement of regional strategies for biodiversity following the recent publication of a study carried out in cooperation with the Fédération des Parcs naturels régionaux. …   | French

11 Mar 2011 | Article

International Symposium on Water Resources and Sustainable Development

International Waters: learning for change

Learning and knowledge exchange on surface water management enables projects to catalyse change in river basin management, governance, planning and investment” said Mark Smith, Director of IUCN Global Water Programme, at the GEF IW:LEARN meeting in Bratislava, 10-11 March 2011. …  

11 Mar 2011 | News story

Dr Brian Dicks, expert on the ecological impacts of oil spills

Oil spills: science versus politics

As the first anniversary passes of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the biggest accidental oil spill in history, is the oil industry learning from its mistakes and paying more attention to the environmental risks it poses? We interviewed Dr Brian Dicks at the Oil Spill Risk Management Conference that took place in Sweden recently. Dr Dicks has advised on more than 60 oil spills worldwide. …  

11 Mar 2011 | Article
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Students are eager at the game

Communication campaign on marine turtle conservation in Quang Tri province

Quang Tri is a coastal province in Vietnam where species biodiversity plays an important role in supporting a healthy ecosystem and valuable fisheries industry. Given such importance IUCN and Quang Tri Sub-Department of Fisheries Resources Protection (Sub-DFRP) have collaborated on marine turtle conservation and education for many years now. In 2011, education campaigns continued with activities in Gio Hai and Trung Giang Secondary Schools, culminating in final competitions on March 1-2, 2011. …   | Vietnamese

11 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

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7 Finalists announced for the 2011 Kenton Miller Conservation Award

Named after Dr. Kenton R. Miller, one of the leading figures in international protected area conservation, the award honors innovation in protected area management aspects such as communications, planning and management, finance and economics, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation, learning and capacity building, or governance. In addition to a framed citation, the award carries a cash component of USD 5,000. …  

09 Mar 2011 | News story

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