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Irrigation agriculture, Azraq, Jordan

Water Stewardship: Nine steps to achieve it in agriculture

On the occassion of the new publication 'Water Stewardship in Agriculture', James Dalton and Stuart Orr share their views on water stewardship and the steps to take for it to work in the agricultural sector:   …  

01 Oct 2015 | News story

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

Ndakaini dam, Kenya

Blog: Inclusive Water Development: experiences from the WISE-UP project

At the Stockholm World Water Week and in the run up to the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development goals, “water for sustainable development” is top of the international agenda. Ensuring that investments will benefit all, from national to local interests, is the challenge at hand. …  

26 Aug 2015 | News story

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