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The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

Ocean Elder

The importance of regional networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and how to achieve them - An opinion piece by Graeme Kelleher AO

Graeme Kelleher is an “Ocean Elder”, a long-standing active WCPA member and author of the WCPA “Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas”, among many other publications. Based on decades of experience, Graeme has distilled some of his thoughts on how best to go about conservation involving marine protected areas, which we are happy to promote here. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

IUCN delegation to the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting

From academia to international practice

Manami Watanabe takes us through her experience as Trainee with IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

African elephant flapping its ears.

CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade

Geneva, 28 August 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region. …  

28 Aug 2015 | International news release

Underground in La Malogne, with (L) fellow evaluator Aniello Aloia, and representatives of the candidature.

Europe leading the way on World Heritage and nature conservation performance

By Tim Badman, Director – World Heritage Programme, IUCN …  

06 Aug 2015 | Article

Ms Wiraya Ochakun, Superintendent of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary

Blog: World Ranger Day

By David Moore. “The World Ranger Day event at Khao Yai sets an example for the rest of the world,’ said Sean Wilson, President, International Ranger Federation. …  

03 Aug 2015 | Article

The coast - Andros West Side National Park, the Bahamas

New direction for capacity development in protected areas over next 10 years

A new strategy intended to support the recommendations on capacity development included in the Promise of Sydney that resulted from the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 (IUCN WPC) has been completed. The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Strategic Framework for Capacity Development in Protected Areas and other Conserved Territories 2015-2025 (SFCD) is the result of a widespread programme of activities and consultations during 2013 and 2014 culminating in the IUCN WPC 2014. …   | French

03 Aug 2015 | Article

Chitwan National Park

UNESCO’s Fact Finding Mission to the Chitwan National Park and the World Natural Heritage Site

The Government of Nepal has been planning for several infrastructure development projects in the lowland Terai of Nepal. Among several projects, the East-West Electric Railway and Postal Road projects are reported to have been designed to pass through the Chitwan National Park (CNP), which is – due to its outstanding universal value – also a World Natural Heritage (WNH) Site. …  

01 Aug 2015 | Article

Daursky Nature Reserve, Russia

Unsung heroes

Statement by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen on World Ranger Day 2015 …  

31 Jul 2015 | IUCN statement

Doñana National Park

IUCN grants top management Green List award to iconic Doñana

Gland, Switzerland, 22 July 2015 (IUCN) – One of the most biodiverse areas in Europe – Doñana National Park and Natural Reserve – was granted IUCN’s Green List status today in recognition of the successful conservation efforts of its managers. …   | Spanish

22 Jul 2015 | International news release

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