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Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Close of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao PDR: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province. 

27 Apr 2015 | News story

A sand dune area was exploited for constructing shrimp ponds in Thanh Hai Commune, Ben Tre Province

Towards coastal resilience: Addressing climate change impacts in Ben Tre Province

Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC), a program under Mangroves for the Future (MFF), is focused on building resilience to climate change, decreasing vulnerability to disasters, and improving livelihoods. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has coordinated the program in Vietnam since 2013, with the financial support of Danida, Sida and Norad. Within the framework of MFF, a Small Grant Facility (SGF) has been established to support coastal provinces in Viet Nam to develop coastal resilience models addressing climate change impacts. The purpose of these pilot projects is to protect coastal ecosystems, most notably through the sustainable use and management of mangroves. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story
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Surveys funded by SOS lead to an increase of the known population of Yuanbaoshan firs

The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis) more than doubled following extensive surveys in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR), China in 2014. IUCN Member, Fauna & Flora International’s Xiaoya Li explains what this discovery means and how it will influence their conservation.   …  

17 Apr 2015 | News story

Landscape

Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | News story

Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia, Sept 2009

IUCN welcomes Mongolia as a new State Member

The Government of Mongolia has announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism has been designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Government of Mongolia.  | French | Spanish

02 Apr 2015 | News story

Pangolin scales for sale in Asia

World leaders reaffirm commitment to reducing illegal wildlife trade

Heads of state, ministers and high-level representatives of over 30 countries and Regional Economic Integration Organisations have adopted the Kasane Statement to reaffirm their commitment to ending the illegal wildlife trade. The statement was adopted at the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on 25 March in Botswana and organised by the Government of Botswana with the support of the UK government. …  

27 Mar 2015 | News story

Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

Water is nature, water is everything

Every year on 22 March, the international community celebrates World Water Day, a day to draw global attention to the water challenge and renew commitments to safeguard the planet’s most vital resource. …  

22 Mar 2015 | News story

Forests in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa

World on track to meet ambitious forest restoration goal

Bonn, Germany, 21 March, 2015 – New restoration initiatives were announced today by Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa at the second international Bonn Challenge conference on forest landscape restoration taking place in Germany. With these announcements, a total of 59.2 million hectares have now been contributed to the Bonn Challenge – a global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020. …  

21 Mar 2015 | News story

Aerial view of Fire Island wilderness breach after Hurricane Sandy

Nature's protective power

IUCN experts are gathering at a UN conference in Japan this week to deliver the evidence to policy makers that healthy ecosystems play a critical role in protecting people from disasters. …  

14 Mar 2015 | News story

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IUCN President Mr Zhang Xinsheng visits IUCN Sri Lanka office

 Mr Zhang Xinsheng, the President of International Union for Conservation of Nature visited IUCN Sri Lanka office on Sunday, 28 December 2014.  …  

09 Mar 2015 | News story

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