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Restored Puliyankulama Tank

Doubling food production and beating climate change: Restoration of Puliyankulama Tank

The Puliyankulama tank is one of the 22 tanks of the Kapiriggama tank cascade system in the Rambewa Divisional Secretariat Division of Anuradhapura district in Sri Lanka. It has the capacity to hold 120 Acre-Feet of water and the primarily use is to cultivate paddy lands covering 35 acres (14 hectares) supporting over 35 families, approximately 140 community members. …  

27 Apr 2016 | News story

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Visit of Secretary Climate Change

The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan Syed Abu Ahmad Akif visited IUCN Pakistan Country Office at Karachi on 25th April 2016. In the first leg of his visit he accompanied IUCN experts to the mangroves plantation surrounding the Port Qasim Area, where he also planted a mangrove sapling at the site. …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Dr. Phan Thanh Hai and Mrs. Hoang Thi Hau, Director of Thanh Xuan Organic Vegetable Cooperative shared experience in cooperative management at the training

Challenges of benefit sharing in Vietnam: equality vs. equity

When I first heard about the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership between FAO, IIED, and IUCN to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), one question arose in my mind: Will history repeat itself?   …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article
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Opening remarks and keynote speeches delivered by government, IUCN and WRI representatives.

Indonesia: Efforts in Forest Landscape Restoration gain momentum at high-level workshop in Jakarta

Forests Landscape Restoration (FLR) took centre stage at a multi-stakeholder workshop organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Peat Restoration Agency, IUCN and World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI-Indonesia) on April 19 and 20. Among other objectives, the workshop fostered discussions on Indonesia’s forest restoration goals and opportunities, and explored various approaches to FLR.  …  

22 Apr 2016 | Article

Bhutan, Himalayas

Bhutan: more than half

 A tiny Himalayan country, landlocked between India and China, has become one of the first – perhaps the first – to meet calls for “nature needs half” by setting aside over half of its land into protected areas and biological corridors. As Bhutan develops, after centuries of isolation, exactly what this commitment means is a focus of both national and international attention. …  

20 Apr 2016 | Article

Engro Elengy invites Students of the Karachi University to contribute to the Mangroves Ecosystem

An Exposure Visit was jointly organized by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Engro Elengy Terminal Limited under the “Mangroves Ecosystem Restoration Project” funded by Engro Elengy Terminal Limited. Under this project IUCN Pakistan will plant mangroves on 500 hectares of land surrounding Port Qasim Area. …  

19 Apr 2016 | News story

BRIDGE workshop participants at Koblenz

Staff from IUCN BRIDGE project visit International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

In the German city of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle, the IUCN BRIDGE team conducted a field study to the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine. …  

14 Apr 2016 | News story

Local fisherwomen enjoyed getting free purified water from EKOCENTER

How IUCN and partners are helping resettled fishing communities?

“Since moving inland, I have had to travel by bike to Ha Long market to earn my living. It is very difficult for me!” Ms. Nguyen Thi Binh is a 55-year-old villager who was born in one of Ha Long Bay's famous floating villages. She now lives in Ha Phong Ward, a recently established resettlement area. …   | Vietnamese

14 Apr 2016 | Article
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A rare sighting of the Critically Endangered Zhou's box turtle. This photo was taken at the Alwetter Zoo turtle breeding centre in Germany.

Searching for the elusive Zhou's box turtle

Zhou's box turtle (Cuora zhoui) is a species of Asian box turtle believed to be endemic to China. Also referred to as the black turtle or the black box turtle, all known distribution of this elusive species has been traced back to pet or food markets in Guangxi or Yunnan provinces. No specimens have ever been recorded in the wild. …  

08 Apr 2016 | Article

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