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  • In a wooden boat on the estuary of the Densu River in Ghana, Cecila dips a salinator into the water and declares that the salinity is only two parts per thousand In a wooden boat on the estuary of the Densu River in Ghana, Cecila dips a salinator into the water and declares that the salinity is only two parts per thousand Photo: Jamie Wen-Besson

    Fishing For Equality and Sustainability


    Based on a report on gender and fisheries by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID has launched a Learning Initiative to study the linkages between women's...

  • Rivers as lifelines, West Africa Photo: ©Shutterstock/QuickShot

    The Chad Basin, a lifeline for people, nature and peace


    The Chad basin, centred around Lake Chad, covers almost 8% of the African continent and is home to over 30 million people. Over half of this population carves a living out of farming, herding and fishing thanks to the basin. Yet it is shrinking at an alarming...

  • Landscape of Guilin, China Photo: ©Shutterstock/Aphotostory

    BRIDGE: Hydrodiplomacy in Action


    Globally, over 310 lake and river basins stretch across national borders. Around 60% of those lack any type of cooperative management framework. Good transboundary water management is crucial for peace, security, economic development and environmental...

  • women in Zanzibar collecting fish from the ocean Many women directly rely on healthy and productive ecosystems for their livelihoods. They must be included in efforts to protect the rapidly declining marine ecosystems and the livelihoods they sustain. Photo: GrayKotze / Shutterstock

    IUCN Director General’s statement on World Oceans Day 2019


    Exploring gender dimensions of humankind’s relationship with the ocean   Humanity’s historical bond with the ocean brings to mind fishermen and seafarers. Yet, as highlighted by today’s Oceans Day theme, women are the often unseen protagonists of...

  • A woman sets fish out to dry, Phuket, Thailand. Photo: Siriporn Sriaram, IUCN Thailand

    New toolkit helps development practitioners integrate gender into sustainable coastal resource management in Asia


    In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, IUCN, through its Mangroves for the Future programme, in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), have launched a Gender...

  • Woman in Guatemala Photo: © IUCN / Patricia Ugalde

    IUCN Director General’s statement for International Women’s Day 2019


    We are all fighters in the global battle for gender equality. And as we fast approach International Women’s Day we should rightly celebrate our successes, while also highlighting the areas where the world urgently needs more progress.

  • IUCN participated in UNFCCC COP24 discussions on how to advance gender equality across climate agreements and solutions Photo: UNFCCC

    Advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and indigenous rights from COP24 to COP25 through the Paris Rulebook


    COP 24 in Katowice faced many challenges that threatened the agreement on the Paris Rulebook including the lack of acceptance by some Parties to recognise and welcome the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a sense that...

  • A woman stands and talks into a microphone Andreea Raluca Torre, Senior Gender Researcher at SEI, presents the key findings of the Regional Gender Study Photo: © Siriporn Sriaram - IUCN/MFF

    Southeast Asia must integrate gender considerations in coastal resource management - Regional Gender Study


    A Regional Gender Study completed in 2018 has shown that many countries in Southeast Asia are not adequately integrating gender considerations into their national policies for fisheries and coastal resource management. The results of the study, conducted by...

  • Every year, from 25 November to 10 December, the world focuses on 16 Days of Activism to promote the end of violence against women. A woman holds a sign calling for an end to violence Photo: Shutterstock

    16 Days of Activism to shine a spotlight on gender-based violence (GBV) and the environment


    Every year, for 16 days, from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December, people from all over the world campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action to end violence against women...

  • two women sitting by fires stirring nuts in pans Photo: Mengina Gilli

    Decisions have consequences: Contrasting stories of shea butter & community conservation in Ghana


    At first glance, they seem identical – Two neighbouring communities, Murugu and Kaden, bordering Mole National Park in Ghana. Both are surrounded by savannah with scattered trees in farmed and fallow lands, where women collect shea nuts. It is the shea nuts,...


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