Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Calf of humpback dolphin in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Responsible dolphin watching to benefit local communities and conservation in Koh Kong, Cambodia

In Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, local communities rely heavily on the natural environment for their livelihoods and income. Balancing the pressure to alleviate poverty with the need to sustainably manage natural resources is no simple task and requires a systemic response that integrates the economic, social and environmental context. Developing responsible dolphin watching tours is one way to benefit local communities while also promoting conservation. …  

26 Mar 2016 | Article

Map of natural sites around Ba Kamint community, adjacent to Pang Sida National Park

Nature trails for conservation: Identifying natural assets at Thai World Heritage Site

The natural environment plays an important role for communities living around protected areas. In addition to being essential for livelihoods, nature also has the potential of being developed for nature or community-based tourism. …  

21 Mar 2016 | Article

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

Community members and park rangers come together to talk about conflict reconciliation.

Empowering local communities to improve elephant conservation in Thailand

One of the world’s largest Asian elephant populations - Elephas maximus can be found along the borders of Thailand and Myanmar. In Thailand, the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi Province functions as an important conservation area for these elephants. Established in 1965, the sanctuary is known to be Thailand’s first wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately, in the past 40 years, the sanctuary has been faced with threats such as illegal logging, wildlife trade, land encroachment, forest fire and human-elephant conflicts (HEC).  …  

04 Mar 2016 | Article

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

New hope for Thailand’s Sunda pangolins

Marking World Pangolin Day 2016, SOS is delighted to share news that its Fondation Segré Pangolin Conservation Initiative has recorded the first known footage of a wild Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) in Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Thailand.   …  

20 Feb 2016 | News story

Surakit Laeaddee and his worker hold up a shrimp net at his shrimp farm in Leam Fa Pha, Thailand, January 26, 2016.

Asia shrimp farmers restock mangrove "supermarket" by going organic

A recent article published by Thomson Reuters Foundation highlights how the introduction of organic shrimp production in Thailand thanks to the Mangroves and Markets project is stemming mangrove degradation and protecting delicate ecosystems.  The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).  An excerpt from the article can be found below, including a link to the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.  

01 Feb 2016 | Article

Black pigs in Hae Ko village

New fact sheets highlight the costs and benefits of adaptation options

Under the USAID Mekong ARCC project, IUCN Thailand assisted four villages in Thailand’s Chiang Rai and Sakon Nakhon Provinces to implement adaptation activities that would strengthen the resilience of their livelihoods and local ecosystem to the projected impacts of climate change. The project has now produced several fact sheets describing some of the costs and benefits of the adaptation options implemented in these communities. …  

01 Feb 2016 | Fact sheet

The MOU was signed by Ms. Suthiluck Raviwan, Director General for DMCR and Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, Country Representative for IUCN Thailand, with Mr. Sakda Wichiansin, Deputy Director-General for DMCR, Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director for IUCN Asia, Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Director for Marine and Coastal Resources and Development Institute and Mr. Petch Manopawitr, Deputy for IUCN Southeast Asia Group, acting as witnesses.

Coastal ecosystems to benefit from cooperation between DMCR and IUCN

The signing of an MOU on January 28 between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, marks a significant step toward improved management of coastal resources and ecosystems in Thailand. Among other objectives, the formal partnership seeks to ensure that conservation and enforcement tools under the newly adopted Promotion of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act are implemented for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems.  …  

29 Jan 2016 | Article

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story

Jane Lawton, Head of IUCN Asia Communications  and Private Sector Engagement, helped participants gain an overview of ecosystems services and business environments.

IUCN and MFF highlight importance of sustainable tourism for members of Pacific Asia Travel Association

Sustainable tourism was the focus at the recent PATA Academy, held in Bangkok from December 1-3, 2015. Organized by the Pacific Asia Tourism Authority (PATA), the Academy was attended by PATA members from nine countries in the region, and had the goal of giving participants a better understanding of the importance of the environment in which their organizations operate.  …  

29 Dec 2015 | Article

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