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IUCN at the 6th World Water Forum 12-17 March

IUCN experts were busy promoting natural solutions to the world's freshwater challenge during the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.
IUCN firmly believes that better management of our natural ecosystems such as river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands can, and should, play a key role.

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Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | News story

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Feet on the ground in Africa - negotiating in Marseille

IUCN has a long history of engagement in water and wetlands conservation in the east and southern African region. It was one of the earliest organizations to draw attention to the significance of wetland resources and has achieved some notable successes. …  

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Komadogu-Yobe, Nigeria

Natural solutions for disaster risk reduction

A hot topic at the World Water Forum in Marseille has been the amount of natural disasters involving water. Not a month goes by without news of some devastating flood striking one or other corner of the globe. …  

15 Mar 2012 | 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.

Putting nature in the equation

Nature is the missing, fourth dimension of the water-food-energy security nexus, says Dr Mark Smith, Director of IUCN’s Water Programme. …  

01 Mar 2012 | Article
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Navigating the politics of water

“Alternatives, dialogue and innovation can provide most of the answers to today’s water management problems.” …  

01 Mar 2012 | Article

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01 Mar 2012 | Article


Balkila Watershed and Gopeshwar town

River deep, mountain high

“Across the Himalayan region in India, people are noticing drying springs. For hillside communities, this is a silent catastrophe. Where will people find the water they need? Women and girls walk long distances to fetch water, up and down steep slopes, with heavy loads, taking hours out of every day.” …  

01 Mar 2012 | News story

Kadavu, Fiji Islands.

People power in the Pacific

For many people, hearing the words ‘Pacific island’ conjures up visions of a dream holiday. But this dream is a harsh reality for many Pacific communities whose very future is at stake. …  

01 Mar 2012 | News story

Sixaola River, border Costa Rica and Panama

A helping hand in Central America

Life is not easy for people living in the Sixaola River watershed on the Caribbean side of the Costa Rica—Panama border. But help is at hand from IUCN and partners. …  

01 Mar 2012 | News story

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