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Speakers at the inaugural session of the Blue Economy Consultations in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 November 2015 (L-R): H.E. Mr Mikael Hemniti Winther, Ambassador of Denmark to Thailand and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Thailand; H.E. Rear Admiral (Retd) Md. Khurshed Alam, BN, Permanent Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh; Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP; H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand and Cambodia; Ms Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia; and H.E. Mr Virasakdi Futrakul, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Inter-regional Blue Economy collaboration urged for climate change resilience in Asia

Representatives from coastal and island countries from across Asia gathered in Bangkok last November 23 to discuss how they can forge stronger inter-regional cooperation to promote Blue Economy approaches to address marine and coastal conservation challenges in the region. …  

24 Nov 2015 | Article

Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN

Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK. …  

23 Nov 2015 | Article

Butterfly fish and snappers in Trao Reef Marine Reserve, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province

Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration

On 23 November 2015, representatives from 11 countries, experts from international agencies, civil society and NGOs will come together for a thematic consultation on the “Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration” in Bangkok, Thailand. The consultation, which is co-organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh and IUCN’s Asia Regional Office, will focus on creating a roadmap for regional cooperation to promote a vision for Blue Economy in South and South East Asia. …  

18 Nov 2015 | Article

The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD

Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples' rights

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  

16 Nov 2015 | Article

Participants from the FATA Secretariat, representatives of the KPK government, NGOs, CSOs and academia

Project on Improving Water Governance in FATA Kicks Off

Officials, Experts for Greater focus on Building Environmental Concerns into FATA Development

An inception meeting on Thursday marked the launch of a two-year project aimed at improving water governance in FATA - a region already crippled by instability and environmental degradation over the years. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Erosion due to logging in Papua

Indonesia’s Papua provinces link REDD+ benefit sharing with local forest governance efforts

Leveraging local Forest Management Units and customary boundaries mapping to build REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements is playing an important role in Indonesia’s national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and green growth strategy …  

09 Nov 2015 | Article

National Exposure Visit on Truck Freight System

Coordination between relevant institutions and stakeholders is crucial for the promotion of sustainable transport in Pakistan. In this regard a diverse group of relevant stakeholders physically visited and observed the operations of Karachi Port Trust and freight transport on 6th November 2015. …  

06 Nov 2015 | News story

Flood in Thailand, 2008

Business, ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction

What do ecosystems have to do with DRR and why should business care? This was the topic of a presentation made recently by IUCN’s Asia Regional Office during a roundtable discussion organised by UNESCAP’s Business Advisory Council on the topic of business and disaster risk reduction.   …  

02 Nov 2015 | Article

Mangrove trees in front of the Marriott Sathorn Vista in Bangkok

Mangroves for the Future: Engaging the private sector in supporting coastal resilience in Thailand

Two years ago, IUCN, in collaboration with Mangroves for the Future, launched a partnership with Marriott Hotels & Resorts Thailand to support coastal communities and mangrove restoration efforts in Thailand. Mangrove trees were set up in front of the seven Marriott hotels in Bangkok, and each hotel property in Thailand has been raising funds from their guests which have supported mangrove replanting at degraded sites around Thailand. …  

29 Oct 2015 | Article