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Equality for Women and Sustainable Development Go Hand in Hand

Half of the world’s farmers are women, but women only own about one percent of the world’s land. Similarly, women make up nearly 50 percent of the global fisheries workforce, but in most countries have little to no say in how fisheries are managed. These statistics are indicative of a more general trend: women’s interests and roles are seldom seriously considered in the design and implementation of rural development and conservation initiatives.

Dr Karen Ross: Champion of the Okavango Delta!

A childhood spent in Kenya fostered in Karen Ross a love of Africa and a passion for nature. She has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University and has spent most of her life working in Africa, mainly in the Okavango Delta. Author of Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari, her book was first published as…

Tiger Expert Dr. Ron Tilson Leaves Great Legacy—But Great Cats’ Future To Be Determined

In reference to his favorite animals—tigers—Ron Tilson once said, “How can you not be fascinated by an animal like that?” Surely, we are all fascinated by the iconic tiger—the world’s largest cat and Asia’s most dominant, yet endangered predator. We are also fascinated by hard-working field biologists like Ron who have dedicated their lives to…

A Red List for Ecosystems: Will it Aid Conservation?

The most devastated ecosystem I’ve ever seen is the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the Aral spanned an area the size of Ireland. It harbored more than twenty species of fish, and its fishery sustained an annual catch of 44,000 tons and 60,000 jobs. Lush wetlands along the lake’s…

Hammerhead Shark Photos From “Exhilarating” Dive

I just returned from an incredible trip scuba diving with great hammerhead sharks. This was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. While underwater I was amazed by these awesome predators. I was able to capture a series of photos (both during day and night) of these mysterious creatures.   As you look…

Conservation Plus Agriculture Equals True Food Security

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that to feed the world’s growing population over the next 40 years we must find ways to increase food production by 60 percent. Most proposed solutions target demand alone by increasing crop yields. An alternative approach gaining increased attention recognizes the mutual dependency of agriculture and conservation. The results are promising – putting more food on more tables while bringing additional benefits to the environment and rural communities.

To Protect Threatened Species: Follow the Three R’s

The passenger pigeon was once among the most abundant birds on the planet, sometimes flying in flocks so vast they reportedly darkened the skies. Likewise, tens of millions of North American bison once thundered across the American Great Plains. As the United States emerged as a major global economy in the late 1800’s, both species experienced catastrophic losses due to overhunting. Yet when they arrived at a conservation crossroads, facing extinction or survival, they traveled two very different paths.

An Ode to the Odd and Obscure

Ever heard of the Macaya breast-spot frog? Didn’t think so. It’s one of many obscure organisms that made the hundred most threatened species list, which was announced today at the World Conservation Congress.

“Mermaid” House, Crater Among Jeju Gems

Come along as I hike the remnants of a recent volcanic explosion, learn about Jeju’s women divers at a folk museum, and look for giant eels at a waterfall.

An “Ecotour” of the Conservation Congress

Not only is the World Conservation Congress tackling environmental issues, it’s striving to be environmental itself.

Fungi Need Some Love, Too

As neither animal nor plant, the fungus is often the odd organism out—but a new initiative hopes to bring attention to fungi under threat.

Google Mapping Tool Exposes Illegal Logging

Conservationists working to save forests and species on the ground are looking to the sky, thanks to mapping tools and satellites that capture Earth like never before. With video.

Exploring the Grounds of “Nature’s Olympics”

The IUCN World Conservation Congress offers a taste of Korean culture while on the job.

Caribbean Coral Reefs Mostly Dead, IUCN Says

The Caribbean’s coral reefs have collapsed, mostly due to overfishing and climate change, according to a new report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Layers, Linkages and Lines: Environmental Peacebuilding in the Balkans

Guest Blog on observations and insights during a field expedition and course on “Conservation Beyond Borders” in the border regions between Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, summer 2012. By Dr. Anna Grichting, Senior Fellow at Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, University of Vermont. Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University Layers, Linkages…