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Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

Rural crossroads

IUCN Director General’s statement at Eye On Earth Summit, Abu Dhabi: Creating the enabling environment

 Your Royal Highnesses Your Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen Our planet is at a crossroads. We are looking down two possible and very different futures. The path we choose will determine everything, and humanity will travel along this chosen route for generations and generations to come. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Irrigation agriculture, Azraq, Jordan

Key 9 steps to achieve water stewardship 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:   …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

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    Cover 'IUCN-Ramsar Collaboration. Supporting the Wise Use of Wetlands'

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