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Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Aaranyak receives the 'Sansad Adarsha Gram Yojana - Good Practices' Award

Aaranyak receives Good Practices Award from India Ministry of Rural Development

Aaranyak, an IUCN Member, received the 'Sansad Adarsha Gram Yojana- Good Practices' Award, from the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India during an event in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 24 September 2015. …  

30 Sep 2015 | Article

Farmers discussing in different groups during the training

Connecting scientists and farmers

As part of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in Vietnam, and following on from the first two phases of market analysis and development (MA&D) training in January and June, the Vietnam Farmer Union (VNFU) organized a phase 3 training in Hanoi for 24 farmers and local facilitators in Hanoi on August 13-17.   …  

30 Sep 2015 | Article
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Mapping community forest resources with villagers in Hue province

The power of persuasion - celebrating the new sustainable development agenda

As the conservation community celebrates the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the real work begins, says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN. …  

26 Sep 2015 | Article

A waterfall in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Commentary: Where Are the Indonesian Conservation Experts?

Indonesia is the second-most important country in the world for conservation. It has more species than pretty much anywhere else in the world, but threats are high. Compared to many other countries things are still pretty good here. In fact, and despite the many depressing conservation stories, Indonesia remains the crown jewel of Southeast Asian conservation. Still, Indonesia is short on local biodiversity experts, which makes it so much harder to effectively deal with biodiversity conservation challenges. …  

25 Sep 2015 | Article

Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.    

24 Sep 2015 | Article

Scenic Spot of Longwanqun National Forest Park, Jilin, China

Call for participants: Protected Areas Law Teachers and Trainers Workshop

IUCN, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University, is offering a workshop for teachers and trainers in the Asian region. …  

24 Sep 2015 | Article


IUCN Sri Lanka partnered with ECO-V in “Kolomba Yathra” for climate change (Colombo walk)

The Kolamba Yathra: an Interfaith Journey for Sustainability was a one-day program with youth of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds walking around the City of Colombo — the commercial capital of Sri Lanka — to create awareness on Climate Change.  Conducted by Eco Friendly Volunteers (ECO-V), the main objective of this year’s Yathra was to raise awareness of climate change issues across the Colombo public, to engage religious and political leadership on climate change action, and most particularly to engage youth in modeling and action for eco-friendly, sustainable methods, climate change education and adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity restoration and conservation efforts.   

24 Sep 2015 | News story

Sumatran Rhino

Sumatran rhino likely to go extinct unless action is taken urgently, warns IUCN

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran rhino recovery plan, warns IUCN on World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the last IUCN Red List assessment of the species in 2008. …  

22 Sep 2015 | International news release

Mr. Bui Thanh Cong, shrimp farming's owner in Tra Vinh Province, a beneficiary of SGF/MFF

A model shrimp farm in the Mekong Delta

Bui Thanh Cong took up shrimp farming after his retirement. The move was not unusual. In the past decade, many people from his province of Tra Vinh have begun taking up shrimp farming, Viet Nam’s newest cash cow. Cong owns around nine hectares of land. Like his neighbours, Cong's production is mostly reliant on intensive farming which is extremely unsustainable because it clears away mangroves and is heavily dependent on chemical inputs. Cong’s production took a turn, however, when he agreed to be part of a pilot project to explore alternative technologies for environmentally friendly shrimp farming.  …   | Vietnamese

22 Sep 2015 | Article
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