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IUCN becomes Project Agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The newly awarded Project Agency status will increase opportunities for a broader and stronger implementation of IUCN’s work programme through the flow of additional resources and a strengthened position of IUCN in global environmental governance.

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IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The IUCN Red List, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, now includes 73,686 assessed species, of which 22,103 are threatened with extinction.

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Dickinson's Cypripedium (Cypripedium dickinsonianum)

Launch of New Funding for Mangroves for the Future

The third phase of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) regional initiative has been launched with new funding from Sida. The new phase will run from 2014-2018 and will build on the significant achievements realized by MFF over the past seven years. MFF now works in 10 member countries across Asia in improving coastal management practices.

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IUCN and SIDA sign agreements at the MFF Phase 3 launch, Bangkok, Thailand © IUCN, 2014

Major meeting of Asian leadership to explore new partnership for protected areas

Senior government officials from 12 Asian countries came together in Bangkok to explore the establishment of a new trans-boundary Asian partnership on protected areas. The Asia Protected Areas Partnership will be co-chaired by the Government of Japan and IUCN.

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Participants of the first meeting of the international planning committee of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) called for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July.

In order to highlight the work of those protecting wildlife on the ground, IUCN takes a closer look at the story of the team of Rangers and Enforcement Officers in Thailand's Thap Lan National Park.

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Rangers on training course practicing patrol tactics

IUCN launches USAID funded marine turtle conservation project

IUCN is putting in new efforts to protect the endangered sea turtles along the coasts of Sindh and Balochistan provinces in Pakistan. A new project funded by USAID, ‘Saving the Endangered Sea Turtles’ has been launched which will help promote regional collaboration in turtle conservation and enhance capacity of local fisherfolk in switching towards turtle friendly fishing practices.

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New commitment towards Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: The Bangkok Declaration 2014

During the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) representatives from 63 countries agreed to a declaration that points to the need for increased attention to local resilience, scaling up public investment and utilizing public-private partnerships.

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The IUCN information booth at the AMCDRR Market Place

Combining science with local knowledge: Kok Klang village, Thailand

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand is working with villagers in Kok Klang, Sakon Nakhon, to implement ecosystem and community-based climate adaptation and resilience building initiatives.

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Kok Klang villagers and students attending the scientific climate story workshop

Hawaii to host the next IUCN World Conservation Congress

Hawaii, United States of America has been selected as the host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress – the world’s largest conservation event.

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Green olivine sands at Mahana Bay, in the southern Big Island of Hawaii

IUCN launches Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are now more accessible and easier to search than ever with the new IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform. The Platform, available online in English, French and Spanish, gives an opportunity to explore IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations that have shaped the global conservation agenda and the Union’s policy on important issues over the past 65 years.

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Master Class brings businesses closer to nature

Leaders for Nature – India organized a day-long Master Class to help businesses understand their impacts on nature and the delicate relationship between business and the environment. Representatives from nine major companies in India including Tata, Rio Tinto and Wipro attended and worked with IUCN experts through a number of interactive exercises, learning and sharing their common challenges and beginning to develop a roadmap towards sustainability.

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Finding balance benefits society, nature

Water management specialists talk about millions of cubic metres of water. I find it incredibly difficult to visualise these numbers in a way that feels "real" to me. So I started imagining a simple picture — a swimming pool.

*Dr Robert Mather is Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia. This article is based on his talk given at a workshop entitled 'Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation in Thailand' on July 2, 2014.

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Dr Robert Mather
Head, Southeast Asia Group

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