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World Water Day 2014: a coordinated approach to meeting water and energy demand

On World Water Day, IUCN joins the international community in highlighting the close links between water and energy use and the need for a coordinated approach to ensure the world can meet the growing demand for both.  

22 Mar 2014 | News story

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

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CEMEX presents 'Water Policy' for global water management

As part of a partnership with IUCN, CEMEX introduced today a Corporate Water Policy that defines its global strategy for responsible water management. …  

05 Dec 2013 | News story

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