2013

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The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

The Arctic is home to over 21,000 species, including many globally significant populations of unique and highly cold-adapted mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates, plants, fungi and microorganisms, some found nowhere else on Earth. In addition to its intrinsic worth, Arctic biodiversity provides innumerable services and values to people. More than a tenth of the world’s fish catches by weight come from Arctic and sub-Arctic seas. The Arctic is the breeding ground for millions of migratory birds that fly to every continent, connecting the region with the rest of the world and contributing to global biodiversity.  …  

20 May 2013 | Article
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Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

From risk to opportunity: reducing the risk of disasters the natural way

Healthy ecosystems and sound environmental management can go a long way in protecting people from disasters. But this fact is not yet widely appreciated among the many parties responsible for reducing the risk of disasters and responding to them once they happen. …  

19 May 2013 | News story

Participants of Inception Workshop

Stakeholders showed commitment in research on community forestry and agro-forestry of Nepal

The inception of research project on “Enhancing livelihoods and food security from agro-forestry and community forestry in Nepal” is concluded today which included national level inceoption meeting, district consultation and field visit over the period of one week from 12th May to 17th May. This five-year research project is funded by Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR). …  

18 May 2013 | News story

Fisher living in Boeung Tonle Chhmar

First reflection on Local Livelihood in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site after the 35 Commercial Fishing Lots abolished

A situation analysis was conducted to study about the current situation of local livelihood based on Fishery Resources in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site (BCRS) from April to May 2013. BCRS is recognized for its high wetlands and biodiversity resources. The site is one of the most productive freshwater fisheries for local livelihoods and national revenue. Located in Peam Bang commune, Stoung district, Kampong Thom province, this area is surrounded by a dynamic river system that links to the Tonle Sap Great Lake. …  

17 May 2013 | Article
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Rainwater harvesting, Koh Kapik village

Freshwater resources, major concern in Koh Kapik

Koh Kapik village in Koh Kong province, Cambodia, is an isolated village surrounded by mangrove forest and salt-water with limited access to the mainland. Approximatly 1,168 people over 233 villages are now lacking freshwater for daily consumption, making this village is highly vulnerable to natural disaster and climate change. …  

17 May 2013 | Article
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Water Governance and Negotiation Training Workshop

Water governance and negotiation training workshop

The Water Governance and Negotiation Training Workshop is the key to strengthening the capacity of government and civil society in sustainable natural resource management and livelihood improvement. This workshop was designed to improve skills regarding international negotiations in support of good watershed governance. Siem Reap, Cambodia - Water Governance and Negotiation Training Workshop is key to strengthen capacity of government and civil society for sustaining natural resources management and for livelihood improvement. This workshop was designed to impart key concepts and skills regarding international negotiations in support of good watershed governance to invited stakeholders and practitioners and to help them build communities of practice to further develop these concepts and skills.   …  

17 May 2013 | Article
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Mangrove in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Cambodia prepared to become full member of Mangroves for the Future Initiative

Cambodia is in the process of becoming a full-fledged member of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative, joining nine countries spanning across South and East Asia. The Ministry of Environment of Cambodia, in cooperation with IUCN Cambodia, organized a consultative meeting on 22 February 2013 with 16 different stakeholders to draft the Cambodian MFF National Strategy and Action Plan. 

17 May 2013 | Article
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One of two Mekong Giant Barbs died in storm

Storm Causes Unprecedented Death of 20 Tons of Fish, including Two Engendered Fish

Boeung Tonle Chhmar, Cambodia: About 20 tonnes of fish including two Mekong Giant Barbs Fish (Catlocarpio Siamensis), listed in the IUCN Red List as Endangered, died in a heavy storm in Boeung Tonle Chhmar on 11 April 2013. Following soon after the incident, IUCN Cambodia made this catastrophic event a focal point during a Mekong Water Dialogues meeting to discuss intervention in the storm-struck region and to define priority actions for sustainable natural resource management in the future. 

17 May 2013 | Article
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Wave

Towards the “Blue Society”

Since the start of the industrial revolution, human activities have significantly altered the very balance of our planet and the lives we all live. These activities have heavily affected marine ecosystems and the way we use our seas and oceans. IUCN has joined forced with a group of organizations in the Sea For Society project.  …  

17 May 2013 | News story
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IUCN at the United Nations Intersessional Workshops on Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction

According to UNGA Resolution 67/78, two intersessional workshops were organized from 2-3 and 6-7 May 2013 in New York as part of the work undertaken by the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (UN BBNJ). …  

17 May 2013 | News story