Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Rice varieties displayed at the Native Rice Festival 2015 in Ubon-Ratchathani

Learning to Adapt: Community-led research on rice varieties to increase resilience to climate change

The Kok Klang community in Sakon Nakhon, Northeastern Thailand, has been growing rice as a staple crop since they first settled in the area almost 90 years ago. Later on, they introduced cassava, sugarcane and rubber as new sources of income. Although they are less dependent on rice nowadays, rice is important for their food security and is of cultural significance to the community. With heat stress and rainfall expected to increase during the growing season as a result of climate change, rice yields are likely to decline in the future. The Kok Klang community is thus seeking ways to increase the resilience of their farming system and to improve the quality and yields of their rice plantations. …  

20 May 2015 | Article

Irrawaddy Dolphins in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Marine Mammal Symposium in Phnom Penh: Drawing lessons for trans-boundary dolphin conservation

While more research is needed to assess the population and trans-boundary movements of dolphins along the Thai-Cambodian border, local fishing communities should be closely involved in the monitoring and protection of Irrawaddy dolphins and other cetacean species. Promoting sustainable fisheries, along with strengthening local monitoring networks, are among the key activities that will help protect these species, which are important indicators of the health of coastal ecosystems. …  

08 Apr 2015 | Article

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

Asia Review 2013-2014

IUCN in Asia: delivering change through partnerships

IUCN Asia Review 2013-2014 is now available for download. In this issue we focus on the many partnerships we embarked on in the past two years, working together for people and nature in order to deliver positive change for the environment. …  

23 Feb 2015 | Article

Farmer of Ba Kamint pointing at his plot

Family forests to boost livelihoods and food security for communities living around Pang Sida National Park

With the financial support of the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF), IUCN is helping the Ba Kamint community near Pang Sida National Park in eastern Thailand to set up family forests on their farms and community land to improve self-sufficiency and to generate new sources of income. Families will be able to harvest seeds, raise seedlings in the nursery, and grow edible tree species, wild fruits and medicinal plants for their own consumption or for sale to neighbouring villages. High-value timber species as well as protected species such as Siamese Rosewood will be planted in forestry plots and managed by members of the community. …  

19 Feb 2015 | Article

The integrated polyculture farms use a tidal system supported by sluice gates for harvesting.

More about Mangroves and Markets: Finding a market for organically farmed shrimps

Shrimp farming in Thailand is associated with several important environmental issues such as the conversion of mangrove forests to shrimp farms, the overuse of chemicals for treating pond water, and the use of unsustainable feed for the shrimp. In Samut Prakan Province of Thailand, a group of farmers has committed to a more sustainable shrimp farming model that uses the natural ecosystem and processes as guiding principles of operation. IUCN Asia’s Mangroves and Markets project aims to link these sustainable shrimp farmers with markets, in order to create economic incentives for the more mangrove-friendly shrimp cultivation model they adopt. …  

05 Feb 2015 | Article

Buddhist monks and Catholic priest participating in the ceremony

The Kok Klang community comes together to protect their forests

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, Kok Klang villagers organized a forest ceremony that brought together Buddhist and Catholic community members in a common effort to protect their forests. This event marked the beginning of a set of activities to improve forest management in Kok Klang for healthier ecosystems that are resilient in the face of climate change. …  

23 Jan 2015 | Article

Dolphins witnessed during a recently undertaken survey in Thailand-Cambodia

IUCN launches transboundary dolphin conservation project in Thailand and Cambodia

With the financial support of the United Postcode Lotteries, IUCN has launched an 18-month transboundary dolphin conservation project along the coastline of Thailand and Cambodia. This SEK 2.1 million (USD 295,000) project will build on outcomes of the Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia (BCR) project, and aims to enhance protection of the remaining populations of four dolphin and porpoise species in their marine habitat along the Thai-Cambodian border.  …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article

IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

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