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Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica

Jamaica’s first World Heritage listing ups the number of natural sites to 229

The Blue and John Crow Mountains has become Jamaica’s first World Heritage site today, following advice from IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, responsible for evaluating the site’s natural values. Extensions of South Africa’s Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Viet Nam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park were also approved by the World Heritage Committee, as recommended by IUCN. …  

03 Jul 2015 | International news release

Mae Wong National Park

Benefits of Mae Wong Dam unlikely to outweigh environmental costs, IUCN report says

A new IUCN report suggests that the construction of a dam within Mae Wong National Park may negatively impact both the integrity and 'Outstanding Universal Value' of the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, Thailand’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Habitat destruction and increased poaching in Mae Wong National Park related to dam construction would be likely eventually to 'spill over' into the World Heritage property, impacting its Outstanding Universal Value. …  

02 Jul 2015 | Article

SOS - Save our Species, Turtle Conservancy, Palawan turtles, treatment

Turtle community unites in time to save more than 3,000 endangered Turtles

When a haul of more than 4,000 endangered turtles were confiscated from a well-organized syndicate of poachers in the Philippines in mid-June, a successful rescue story seemed unlikely. …  

30 Jun 2015 | News story

Farmer training workshop

Empowering Farmers on water management in small irrigation systems: Training of Farmers in the Kapiriggama cascade tank system in North Central Province of Sri Lanka

IUCN-HSBC project on Ecological Restoration of the Kapiriggama Cascade Tank System in Anuradhapura, North Central Province is aiming to improve the water use efficiency in ancient tank systems. These tank systems that are linked (a cascade) allow recycling of water multiple times as irrigation water. Project components include, improving the capacity of the tanks through partial de-siltation, adopting organic farming, improving drainage conditions, protecting tank bunds and adjacent areas and building the capacity of farmers and officers.  

30 Jun 2015 | News story

Water law discussions during the hydro-diplomacy training workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 27-28 April 2015.

Cambodia hydro-diplomacy training contributes to enhanced understanding on the application of international water law principles in 3S basins

“Awareness on the principle and laws governing use of international waters is the key to resolve conflict and strengthen cooperation in shared river basins” …  

29 Jun 2015 | Article

SOS - Save Our Species, Manis javanica, Sunda Pangolin, Dan Challender

SOS and Fondation Segré announce new International Pangolin Conservation Initiative

This week, as the world’s first ever Pangolin Range States workshop takes place in Da Nang Province, Vietnam, SOS and Fondation Segré are delighted to announce a two-year international Pangolin Conservation Initiative taking place in Cameroon, Thailand and China. …  

26 Jun 2015 | News story

East Rennell, Solomon Islands

Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn, Germany. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

25 Jun 2015 | International news release

Abandoned shrimp ponds covered with trash before the project

Nuturing nature for better livelihoods

Like many other coastal areas in Vietnam, the rapid expansion of shrimp farms was the main driver of mangrove loss in Tan Xuan Village, Gio Viet Commune, Quang Tri Province. When we first visited the village in 2012, all four hectares of shrimp pond had been abandoned after production had collapsed. Even worse, some of the ponds had been turned into dumping grounds for the whole village, polluting the canal water and threatening the remaining patches of mangroves. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

New day in Mekong Delta

Why the region needs the UN Watercourses Convention

On June 4, at an international conference in Ben Tre, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke strongly about the risks of growing competition over water and the need for greater international cooperation to avoid conflict. He urged countries to "develop new ways of thinking", to deliver "tangible cooperation on efficient and sustainable water management" and above all "to translate words and commitments into concrete actions."   …   | Vietnamese

24 Jun 2015 | Article

A Mangroves for the Future eco-tourism project in Viet Nam.

IUCN and PATA announce new partnership

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) strengthen focus on sustainable tourism in the Asia Pacific region. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

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