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Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

A story of rights and conflict - Pangani River, Tanzania

There is little doubt that the climate in the Pangani River basin, shared by Kenya and Tanzania, is changing fast. Along the length of its 500 km course, users talk of better times, lodged in living memory, when there was simply more water. The Pangani was higher and stronger, and flow was guaranteed through the two dry seasons of every year. Instream flows have decreased and conflict over the dwindling resource now requires astute management. …  

11 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Hima Kafr zabad in Lebanon

Hima as a model for natural resource management in West Asia and North Africa

By: Odeh Al-Jayyousi, PhD.
Regional Director, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia 
orj@iucn.org

The West Asia - North Africa region has a rich history of hosting and nurturing a system of community-based natural resource management, one that can inform governance structures in the 21st century to benefit local communities in WANA.
  …  

11 Aug 2010 | Article

Norwegian Fjords

The world's most scenic fjords

West Norwegian Fjords, Norway …  

03 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform - Report

Fight against global warming to benefit Ghana's forests and people if long standing challenges are addressed

Ghana’s forests, and the communities that live close to them, may be about to get a lucky break as the world scrambles to find reliable methods to fight the growing threat of climate change. …  

30 Jul 2010 | International news release

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform - Report

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform

Prospects for making the big changes needed to prepare for REDD-plus in Ghana. …  

30 Jul 2010 | Downloads - document

Atsinanana, Andohahela, copyright Geoffroy Mauvais, IUCN

World Heritage in Danger: two natural sites listed

Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual meeting, currently taking place in Brasilia. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

30 Jul 2010 | International news release

Forest & Trade Officer, TRAFFIC Central Africa (TCAF)

  TITLE:  Forest & Trade Officer, TRAFFIC Central Africa (TCAF)
LOCATION: Yaoundé, Cameroon
DURATION: 12 months, with possibility to extend
SALARY:   EUR 18,000 to 20,000 per year TRAFFIC Forest & Trade Officer for Central Africa Programme (TCAF) will work on timber trade, medicinal plants and Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) issues.  The position reports to TRAFFIC's Central Africa Senior Programme Officer (TCAF-SPO).  In Central Africa, the TCAF office is hosted by IUCN PACO’s Cameroon Programme Office. …  

30 Jul 2010 | Job vacancy

America bison, Yellowstone

The beginning of the global conservation movement

Yellowstone National Park, USA, World Heritage Site …  

26 Jul 2010 | Fact sheet

 Dr William (Bill) Jackson

Climate change, Restoration and Resilience

“We need to continuously, strongly and publicly argue that carbon sequestration is only one of many ecosystem services that forests can provide”. 

22 Jul 2010 | News story

PILON LAJAS BIOSPHERE RESERVE AND, INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, BENI, BOLIVIA

Indigenous peoples and REDD-plus

Challenges and opportunities for the engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD-plus …   | French

21 Jul 2010 | Downloads - document


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