Promoting interdisciplinary cooperation on trans-boundary water resources management through dialogues

In a bid to provide a solid foundation for on-going cooperation on ecosystem sustainability across a wide range of stakeholders from Bangladesh and India, the Ecosystems for Life organized a series of dialogues and consultations in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 – 13 December 2013. …  

22 Dec 2013 | Article

Hammerhead sharks

Shark expert and freediver joins IUCN’s ocean conservation mission

Despite the high profile media attention sharks receive, relatively little is known about their biology. Of those shark species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, nearly half are listed as Data Deficient, which means that we do not have enough information to assess their conservation status. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

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Promoting climate change adaptation through a regional knowledge data base - Mesolex

Today IUCN, led by the Environmental Law Centre, launched Mesolex, a web database providing the most comprehensive collection on environmental law and policy in Central America. Mesolex derives from ECOLEX, an information system and service for environmental law information worldwide, and is tailored for the needs in the Mesoamerican region. …  

20 Dec 2013 | News story

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Tournée de sensibilisation pour l’appropriation des lignes directrices de la CEDEAO pour le développement d’infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest

En décembre 2011, la CEDEAO a validé les lignes directrices sur les grandes infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest. En attendant l’adoption d’une Directive Cadre qui en découlera, et pour en favoriser l’application sur le terrain dès à présent, le Centre de Coordination des Ressources en Eau (CCRE) de la CEDEAO et l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) lancent une tournée régionale de promotion de bonnes pratiques pour l’appropriation de ces lignes directrices par les acteurs nationaux. …  

20 Dec 2013 | News story
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Sydney Harbour National Park

Australia to host the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress

 Australia will welcome thousands of environment leaders from across the globe after securing the right to host the prestigious IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park from 12-19 November 2014. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

Coral reefs - New Caledonia

Travel around the most beautiful places on Earth, for free!

This holiday season, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. Discover the locations of 222 natural World Heritage sites across the planet; let yourself be transported by 3D simulation, and inspired by some amazing photos. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Article

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How to prioritise research for biodiversity conservation

Have you ever wondered how can conservation science best deliver outcomes in policy and practice? One element of this key question is the effective prioritization of conservation research, says Dr Thomas Brooks, IUCN Head of Science and Knowledge. …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story

Healthy Reef in Curacao at Oostpunt

Sixty years of Coral Reef research in Curaçao

The Caribbean island of Curaçao lies just a little bit to the North of Venezuela and is surrounded by more than 100 square kilometers of coral reefs. In a recent compilation of all available scientific literature on the state of Caribbean reefs by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), some of Curaçao’s reefs, especially those along the eastside of the island, rank among the best remaining in the Caribbean region. In addition to its fringing reefs, large inland bays can be found around the island harboring mangrove/sea grass communities that serve as nursery areas for certain types of reef fish that more abundant than on similar islands that lack inland bays. Curaçao’s reefs currently range in quality from degraded to almost pristine.   …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story
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Group Photo from left to right 
- Jeffrey Sybesma (Secretary Carmabi Board)
- King Willem-Alexander
- Queen Maxima
- Paul Stokkermans (Director Carmabi)
- Governor Lucille George-Wout of Curacao

Children from left to right
- Roswen Dorothea
- Eva Hooi
- Yordi Winterdaal

Opening of CARMABI Science Center by King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands

On the 18th of November 2013, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the newly built Carmabi Science Center, located on Curaçao. King Willem-Alexander was crowned King of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima, was crowned Queen in April 2013. Carmabi, which is short for Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity is located at Piscadera Bay, located just north of the main city of Willemstad. The opening of the science center became official after the unveiling of a special plaque, marking the occasion. The event was applauded by the Carmabi board, staff, and over 100 guests invited for the official opening.   …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story
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Pauline Buffle at one of the pilot communities for Allanblackia in Ghana

Allanblackia - a species of choice: interview with Pauline Buffle

Pauline Buffle is a Programme Officer in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. In this interview, she discusses the context and latest developments of the project she manages on Allanblackia, as well as IUCN's role in the project partnership. …  

19 Dec 2013 | Article