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Reviving nature's bounty in Indonesia

In Indonesia IUCN is helping local communities to restore and sustainably manage their coastal resources and this is leading to improved livelihoods for many. Straddling three provinces—North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and Gorontalo—and 14 districts, Tomini Bay covers a vast area of approximately 59,500 km². At least 100,000 coastal people from various ethnic groups directly depend on the Bay’s resources for food and income.

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Magrove restoration in Indonesia

Climate change and its impact on the Lao and Cambodian people

When we refer to climate change, we immediately think of the impacts it has on the livelihoods of large numbers of people, and the habitats of aquatic species on all continents. As climate change intensifies, so do the threats to the environment and ecosystems because they are affected by variations in the weather such as temperature, rainfall and river flow. In recent years these have led to widespread flooding and drought, especially in the Mekong Basin countries.

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Community action saves crops and reduces dependency on Tanguar Haor resources

Damage of crops due to early flooding is a concern each year for the Tanguar Haor community, who risk losing all their crops sometimes just 7-10 days before harvesting. Almost 12.5 % of Tanguar Haor’s land that dries up in winter is used for rice cultivation; the cultivated land is characterized by high yielding capacity for its fertility. It is estimated that total rice harvested per season is worth a minimum 30 million Taka. Unfortunately for the past three years, Tanguar Haor farmers have been unable to harvest their crops due to damage by floods. This however all changed this year when the community people, empowered to save their land, took action into their own hands.

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Community members rebuilding embankment

Coastal hoteliers learn about the value of nature in Sri Lanka

Hoteliers from Sri Lankan coastal areas enhanced their knowledge on  Integrated Coastal Management through a series of IUCN led workshops. They  addressed topics such as bio-physical character of the ecosystems, cultural, socio-economic, socio-political and developmental issues and the way forward: transitioning from the clash of power to coexistence.

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Mangroves, Muthurajawela marsh, Sri Lanka (2)

"Monkey Cheek" reservoir improves wetlands health in Thailand

The IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project, together with the villagers of Ban Bha Sak Luang, a village bordering Wieng Nong Lom wetland, and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), joined hands to build a clay dyke strengthened with local materials such as bamboo and giant mimosa poles. The communal dyke will serve to create a small reservoir – known in Thai as a kaem ling or “monkey cheek” after the animal’s practice of filling its cheeks with food – to retain water from the rainy season and maintain water levels during the dry season. It will supply local consumption needs as well as help to restore wetland vegetation and support the growth of wetland pasture managed as a communal grazing area.

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Building a clay dyke strengthened with local materials such as bamboo and giant mimosa poles.

IUCN gets on board India's Science Express!

The Science Express - Biodiversity Special is an innovative and unique mobile exhibition mounted on a specially designed 16 coach train, which will be traveling across India from 5 June - 22 December 2012, stopping in small towns, large cities and at the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 11 in Hyderabad. The exhibition showcases the wide variety of biodiversity in the country and the conservation measures being taken. IUCN contributed to the  exhibition in collaboration with IUCN India Member the Center for Environment Education (CEE). The Science Express is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and IUCN State Member the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India.

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Science Express

A model campaign comes from Pakistan for World Environment Day

Simple messages and great design are at the centre of a poster, public service announcement and a social media campaign developed by IUCN Pakistan. These ads raise awareness on conservation challenges and offer actions everyone can take to address them. The campaign ran public service announcements on radio and Facebook. Ads were also printed free of charge through an MoU with a leading media house, the Express Tribune.

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Decrease your carbon footprint by lower emission levels and treating effluent from the industries

The International Year of the Rhino

Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare 5 June 2012 as the start of the International Year of the Rhino. President Yudhoyono took this step at the request of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and other conservation organisations, because the future survival of both the Javan and Sumatran Rhinos depends on effective conservation action in Indonesia.

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Asian rhinos

Education for Sustainable Development for women in troubled Balochistan

While many international organizations and NGOs are wrapping up activities in Balochistan, Pakistan due to increasing instability, IUCN’s Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development (BPSD) project continues its work to promote sound environmental governance through better management and capacity building.  Recently, IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with the Education Department held a workshop on “Climate Change Issues and Options” attended by 90 female students and 15 female lecturers at the Inter Girls College in Mastung, Balochistan. The workshop is a real achievement for the IUCN Balochistan Programme because of cultural restrictions in the area. Mastung is a conservative area and local women do not get opportunities to participate in such gatherings and to learn about issues such as climate change and the degradation of ecosystems.

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Assessing payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Doi Mae Salong, northern Thailand

The IUCN Thailand Programme has released a report on ‘The Relevance of Tenure and Forest Governance for Incentive-Based Mechanisms: Implementing Payments for Ecosystem Services in Doi Mae Salong’. Authored by Eliana Fischman, the report explores forest governance and the existing tenure framework at Doi Mae Salong, offering preliminary recommendations for implementing a Payment for Ecosystem Services  scheme.

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View of Doi Mae Salong

IUCN Congress Programme now live

As the World Conservation Congress draws closer, you can now view what’s on and when. Regularly updated, the Online Programme is a handy companion to organize your schedule in Jeju and make the most out of your experience.

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China project supported by IUCN wins Equator Prize

An initiative developed between IUCN, TRAFFIC and WWF as part of the EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) to promote the sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants has been awarded the prestigious Equator Prize 2012. The initiative which has had positive results for both the conservation of wildlife and the livelihoods of people in the upper Yangtze River area of China, provides training in the implementation of organic wild crop harvesting principles and certification procedures, as well as application of the FairWild Standard principles.

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