IUCN - A New Connection of the DELGOSEA Network

IUCN - A New Connection of the DELGOSEA Network

The Asia Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has become the latest high-profile connection of the DELGOSEA network, bringing with it vast experience and wide contacts in the area of environmentalism and good governance.

Founded in 1948, the IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest environmental organisation, with a mission “to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.” IUCN is a network in its own right, with globally more than 1200 member organisations, national agencies and non-governmental organisations,  carrying out thousands of field projects and advocacy actions around the world.

In Thailand, the focus is amongst others on ‘Sustaining Biodiversity in Thailand’s Municipal Areas for Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation’ – a topic that fits perfectly with the concerns of not just the Thai pilot cities, but of many DELGOSEA cities in other ASEAN countries. Chiang Rai, a former pilot city that has rapidly become a best practice city in its own right, is one of the municipalities that are engaged with IUCN on that issue.

On a regional level, IUCN is concentrating on water-related issues – which makes sense in a region of many island nations and heavy rains. There is a project of ‘Building Coastal Resilience’ (BCR) against climate change impact in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand (co-financed by the EU) that aims to increase the adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with the anticipated impacts of climate change. ‘Mangroves for the Future’ (MFF) is another initiative promoting investments in coastal ecosystems that support sustainable development in eight Asian countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, IUCN Thailand Country Representative, who has been involved with DELGOSEA from the start, is enthusiastic about the connection between IUCN and DELGOSEA: “It is great to see the DELGOSEA network expand and to develop synergies with other international organizations and networks, especially in the area of climate change which should be integrated in the realm of economic, social development, service delivery  and nature conservation for municipalities throughout the ASEAN region.”

More information on the website: www.iucn.org

More information on DELGOSEA's partners and connections on: http://delgosea.eu/cms/Initiators-Partners/Introduction