West Asia

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Honouring forest heroes and champions

Five seemingly ordinary people who have done extraordinary work for their communities and forests are being recognized as 'Forest Heroes' at a special 'Forests for People' ceremony taking place today in Istanbul. The awards are being presented as 197 member States meet at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Community mangrove restoration

Momentum for nature’s ‘blue carbon’ solution to climate change

Efforts to restore marine ecosystems that store vast amounts of carbon have received a boost with the launch of a new website that provides the latest blue carbon science and policy. …  

02 Apr 2013 | News story

Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme

World Water Day, by Mark Smith

Blog article by Mark Smith. "World Water Day is like any themed global day: it’s not really to ‘celebrate’ water, it’s about getting people to pay attention and decide they’re going to take action to solve water problems." …  

22 Mar 2013 | News story

Rocío Córdoba

Water cooperation in Mesoamerica: Interview with Rocio Cordoba

Continuing our countdown to World Water Day, which is celebrated each year on 22 March, we zoom in on Costa Rica to interview IUCN's Rocio Cordoba on water cooperation in the Mesoamerica region. …   | Spanish

21 Mar 2013 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Join the International Day of Forests celebrations by planting your pledge for action!

More than 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihoods, not just for food but also for fuel, livestock grazing and for medicine. …  

21 Mar 2013 | News story

Ganesh Pangare

Water cooperation in Asia: Interview with Ganesh Pangare

In our countdown to World Water Day, we speak to Ganesh Pangare, Head of the IUCN Asia Water Programme. …  

19 Mar 2013 | News story

Logo International Year of Water Cooperation

Countdown to World Water Day!

Each year World Water Day (WWD) is celebrated on the 22nd of March, and has become one of the key dates on the UN calendar. The day marks a special focus on global water issues, with this year in particular global attention on water cooperation. …  

18 Mar 2013 | News story

IUCN Members' Assembly

IUCN Congress 2016: a green opportunity

After a successful World Conservation Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea in 2012, IUCN is looking ahead to the next Congress in 2016, and has launched the search for a host country. Please note that the schedule for the process of selecting the Host Country has been modified. …   | French | Spanish

15 Mar 2013 | News story

Park rangers with a rhino that has been poached for its horn

Wildlife Conservation Day highlights action against wildlife crime

In response to growing concern about illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared 4 December as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species by signing up to a Wildlife Pledge. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes this initiative given the recent escalation of poaching for a number of species that is compromising decades-long efforts towards the conservation and sustainable use of wild species. …  

04 Dec 2012 | News story

Pumps for water extraction in the Siwa basin, Egypt.

Healthy nature key for increasing the Arab Region’s survival options

Nature-based solutions can play a key role in ensuring the future sustainability — and, with it, prosperity and stability — of the Arab region, said IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre in her keynote address to the recent annual conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). …  

03 Dec 2012 | News story

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