Protected Areas

A Leopard Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Great Barrier Reef

Keep World Heritage standards high

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee opens its annual meeting in Paris today. The Committee will announce the new remarkable natural and cultural areas that have made it to the list of World Heritage Sites. A total of 42 sites are considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jun 2011 | News story

Dja Reserve, Cameroon

Staving off the threats to Cameroon’s natural riches

The Dja Reserve in Cameroon is home to some of the largest and best protected rainforest tracts in Africa, with 90% of its area intact. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1987, largely for the diversity of species found there but now faces several challenges, not least from mining. …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Participants see board "Say No to Plastic Bag" at Cu Lao Cham MPA Communications Center.

Vietnam’s MPAs and marine turtle conservation: issues and opportunities

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a resource management tool that can be used to slow down and eventually reverse degradation of coastal ecosystems. Globally, scientists have recognized the value of MPAs, especially no-take marine reserves, in improving marine ecosystem health, including the viability of fisheries (NCEAS 2001). Furthermore, MPAs can help to support alternative livelihoods by promoting sustainable use of coastal resources of coastal resources such as ecotourism (Agardy 1993). Science-based MPA planning is underway in many countries (e.g., Osmond et al. 2010) with positive results for communities and ecosystems on which the depend (Samonte et al. 2010, Palumbi 2002). …   | Vietnamese

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Las áreas protegidas de América Latina: situación actual y perspectivas para el futuro

The protected areas of Latin America – current situation and prospects for the future

The launch of the book, which forms part of the celebration of 20 years of work by the International Union for Nature Conservation in South America, will be next Tuesday the 14th June 2011, in the lounge of the Casino de Hotal María Angola, in Lima, Peru, at 19:30. …   | Spanish

14 Jun 2011 | News story
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Dr Kenton Miller among bamboo in Brazil.

Kenton Miller – a personal appreciation

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10 Jun 2011 | News story
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Nik Lopoukhine,Chair,WCPA

What’s next for Protected Areas?

Nikita Lopoukhine, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

10 Jun 2011 | News story
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The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

Get latest news on World Heritage Sites

New remarkable natural and cultural sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, June 19-29. A total of 42 sites will be considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

10 Jun 2011 | News story

Stephen Woodley

Protected Areas get a boost from Parks Canada

Providing a major boost to IUCN’s Global Programme on Protected Areas, Parks Canada and IUCN are pleased to announce that Dr Stephen Woodley will take up a new position as Senior Programme Advisor on Protected Areas and Climate Change for the next two years. …  

07 Jun 2011 | News story
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Aire Marine Protégée de Kayar : formation des gestionnaires sur la gouvernance partagée

Du 2 au 5 mai 2011, à la demande du conservateur et du comité de gestion de l'AMP, une formation en gouvernance partagée s'est tenue à Kayar, Sénégal. La formation a été dispensée par des membres du Team Moteur en Gouvernance Partagée; composée de personnes de la sous-région ayant assisté à de précédentes formations sur le thème et qui forment maintenant un pool de formateurs. …  

05 Jun 2011 | News story
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Arial view of dense forest cover in the Core Zone, Rio Platano.

A promising future for Rio Platano

In the Mosquitia region in north-east Honduras is a place whose natural and cultural wealth can rarely be seen elsewhere in the world. But the future of this exceptional richness, in a country torn by conflict, poverty and adverse socio-economic conditions, strongly depends on the readiness of its authorities to consolidate efforts to manage and conserve it, working together with the area’s local and indigenous communities. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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