Women fishing

Manas National Park, the natural capital from which millions of people benefit

One often looks at protected areas as pristine lands, yet completely isolated from our human activity, with maybe the exception of tourism destinations. However, given the extent of services these sites provide us, we should in fact consider their broader roles in our economies. Protected areas allow people to connect with nature for inspiration, education and recreation. The 200,000 protected areas globally, which currently cover 15.4% of land and 3.4 % of the oceans, support human livelihoods and are the foundation for a green economy. Protected areas provide drinking water to many of the world’s largest cities, alleviate climate change by storing vast amounts of carbon, sustain the booming nature tourism industry and protect communities against disasters.

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Tiger in Ranthambore

IUCN Director General announces first round of tiger projects

In the last hundred years, the number of tigers in the wild has plummeted by a staggering 97%. The answer to this alarming fall was 2010’s St Petersburg Declaration, strongly backed by the World Bank, which aimed to double the global tiger population by 2022.  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Redefining protected areas boundaries after consultation with the local people in Myanmar

ITHCP empowers local communities for effective conservation

Projects funded by the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) have gone through a step-by-step preparation process, and most of the proponents have been given Project Preparation Grants (PPGs) to ensure local people participation at project design stage and to consolidate partnerships. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Community Tiger Based Protection Unit

The show must go on, despite forest fires in Indonesia

ITHCP-funded consortium led by WWF Germany in cooperation with WWF Indonesia in the Rimbang Baling landscape in Central Sumatra has suffered from the forest fires and related haze at the end of 2015, however the project team on the ground was able to maintain the conservation efforts throughout this dire period by adapting plans according to the situation. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Tiger on camera trap in Myanmar

Htamanthi, North Myanmar: Where Tigers Still Survive

Geographically bounded between Uyu and Chindwin rivers, the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary has been the largest nature protected area in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar since its foundation in 1974. Covering 531,456 acres, this wildlife sanctuary hosts a variety of critical Asian large mammal species, such as tigers (Panthera tigris), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), Asian largest Bovidae species the Gaur (Bos gaurus) and until not long ago the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

FFI tiger patol training - identifying tiger prints

A window of conservation opportunity opens in Myanmar

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) - began working in the forested southern Tanintharyi Region in 2014 as it slowly began to open up to international organisations after over 50 years of civil conflict. Although there was little recorded evidence of the species existing in the region, within just the first year of forest research we were amazed to discover signs of tigers and a healthy prey base in several survey locations across a wide area of the forest. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Bhutan tiger on camera trap

In Bhutan, happiness is policy and tiger numbers are on the rise

The Kingdom of Bhutan, a Himalayan country about the size of Switzerland, could be taken as an example by many countries in the world. 70% of its land is still covered in forests. It is estimated that Bhutan forests sequestrate 3 times more carbon dioxide than the country emits. Close to 100% of its electricity is produced by hydropower. The Kingdom is also - and this is what interests us most - home to 103 tigers and counting. The latest survey carried out in 2014-2015 confirms that the tiger population has increased by more than a third from the previous population estimate. The survey was conducted by the Bhutanese Department of Forests and Park Services, now ITHCP grantee. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Oceanic Manta Ray, Surface feeding

Fighting illegal trade in manta rays in the ‘backdoor of the Philippines'

Conserving mantas and ‘flying rays’ on the conflict-ridden islands of Tawi Tawi is best done with the help of the locals, writes Isabel Ender of the Manta Trust, an SOS grantee. …  

16 Mar 2016 | News story

White winged duck

Ten years of Birds’ Nest Protection in Cambodia

SOS is delighted to share project activities, challenges and successes to date of the Birds’ Nest protection programme. Project team leader, Simon Mahood, Technical Advisor with the IUCN member Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia Programme (WCS), reflects on ten years of conservation work with local communities to protect some of Cambodia’s most threatened bird species. …  

14 Mar 2016 | News story

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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