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Joint patrol team checking commercial fishing boat and educating owner on dolphin conservation

Joint patrols to help protect dolphins in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Irrawaddy and Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins show a preference for freshwater and near-shore marine environments and, thus, there is a large overlap between the environments that dolphins and human use. Interactions,​ and sometimes conflicts between dolphins and humans, are common. This has highlighted the need to consider socio-economic and biological factors jointly in their conservation management. …  

11 Feb 2016 | Article

Participants of the “The Squirrel School” project  remove invasive species at Yangshan Wetland.

Guided eco-tours in Hainan: Giving hope to an unprotected wetland

Home to diverse aquatic fauna, the Yangshan wetland is considered to be one of the most valuable ecosystems in Hainan Island, China. Unfortunately, in recent years, the wetland is coming under threat from pollution, landfills, construction projects and alien invasive species. To tackle this problem, local conservation company Hainan Gao11 Culture Transmission Ltd (HG11) is implementing "The Squirrel School" project, an initiative that raises awareness about the abundant fauna and flora in Yangshan wetland and the need to protect it.  …  

03 Feb 2016 | Article

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Surakit Laeaddee and his worker hold up a shrimp net at his shrimp farm in Leam Fa Pha, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

Asia shrimp farmers restock mangrove "supermarket" by going organic

A recent article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation highlights how the introduction of organic shrimp production in Thailand thanks to the Mangroves and Markets project is stemming mangrove degradation and protecting delicate ecosystems.  The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).  An excerpt from the article can be found below, including a link to the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.  

01 Feb 2016 | Article

Black pigs in Hae Ko village

New fact sheets highlight the costs and benefits of adaptation options

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand assisted four villages in Thailand’s Chiang Rai and Sakon Nakhon Provinces to implement adaptation activities that would strengthen the resilience of their livelihoods and local ecosystem to the projected impacts of climate change. The project has now produced several fact sheets describing some of the costs and benefits of the adaptation options implemented in these communities. …  

01 Feb 2016 | Fact sheet

Leading the global consultation on the draft Natural Capital Protocol

IUCN supports global consultation on draft Natural Capital Protocol

As a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, IUCN is supporting the global consultation on the draft Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) and encouraging businesses, governments and other stakeholders -- especially the conservation community -- to participate.  …  

29 Jan 2016 | Article

The MOU was signed by Ms. Suthiluck Raviwan, Director General for DMCR and Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, Country Representative for IUCN Thailand, with Mr. Sakda Wichiansin, Deputy Director-General for DMCR, Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia, Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Director for Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Institute and Mr. Petch Manopawitr, Deputy for IUCN Southeast Asia Group, acting as witnesses.

Coastal ecosystems to benefit from cooperation between DMCR and IUCN

The signing of an MOU on January 28 between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, marks a significant step toward improved management of coastal resources and ecosystems in Thailand. Among other objectives, the formal partnership seeks to ensure that conservation and enforcement tools under the newly adopted Promotion of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act are implemented for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems.  …  

29 Jan 2016 | Article

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai - head of sawmill - exchanging experience with international experts of FFF programme

From information exchange to a jointly owned sawmill: story of an acacia group in Yen Bai Province

The acacia growers group in Lem Village, Phu Thinh Commune, Yen Binh District, headed by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Hai, illustrates the different stages of development of a typical forest and farm producer organization (FFPO) in Vietnam and is an example of how the Forest and Farm Facility Initiative (FFF) assists entrepreneurs. …   | Vietnamese

28 Jan 2016 | Article
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Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

CEPF call for proposals in the Indo-Burma Hotspot: Myanmar

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is announcing a call for proposals in the Indo-Burma Hotspot, within the country of Myanmar.  …  

25 Jan 2016 | Article

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story