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Interview with IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador. She says protecting the ocean is not a choice, it’s an imperative - our health and wellbeing depend on it. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

Integrating climate change mitigation with integrated water resources management

Saving Samoa’s water supplies – protected areas play a key role

Pacific islands may conjure images of pristine holiday destinations but they are facing a number of environmental challenges - pressure on freshwater supplies among the top. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

Kings Canyon Australia

Protected areas critical to future of the world's drylands

An IUCN study has revealed that well-designed and managed protected areas are crucial to the survival of ecosystem services in dryland regions. They can also play a significant role in maintaining the livelihoods of Indigenous communities and reducing climate change and desertification. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Large spider from Lawachara National Park; a hub of biodiversity in north-east Bangladesh

Study demands new strategy to save species

A team of scientists working in partnership with IUCN has revealed that intergovernmental commitments to expand global protected areas could still leave many species in danger of disappearing from our planet. …  

02 Jul 2014 | Article

2012A-45-05, Unité de protection des rhinocéros et Bill Konstant,, IRF, SOS, Bill Konstant, Rhinocéros

Des rhinocéros bien cachés

À l’instar du saola, animal quasi mythique, le rhinocéros de Java (Rhinoceros sondaicus) en danger critique d’extinction est rarement aperçu. Cela ne décourage pas pour autant les 16 membres des quatre unités de protection des rhinocéros (UPR). Parcourant chaque année des centaines de kilomètres à pied dans la densité de la jungle du Parc national d’Ujung Kulon (PNUK), ces équipes parviennent avec succès à protéger cet animal unique contre les braconniers. Pas un seul n’a été tué au cours de ce siècle. Bill Konstant, de l’IRF (Fondation internationale de protection du rhinocéros), et bénéficiaire de SOS, relate à quel point ces animaux sont difficiles à apercevoir.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

2012A-45-05, Bill K and UKNP RPUs 071012 Inov 267, SOS Save Our Species,

Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen

Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), however. Trekking hundreds of kilometers through the dense jungle of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) each year, these teams are successfully protecting this unique creature from poachers – not one has been killed this century. SOS grantee, the International Rhino Foundation’s (IRF) Bill Konstant details just how elusive these creatures are.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

Temperate eucalypt forest in the Blue Mountains, Australia

New approaches to protecting the wilderness on Sydney’s doorstep

By Peter Shadie, Research Manager, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and Senior Advisor to IUCN on World Heritage. …  

24 Jun 2014 | Article

13A-062-001, Bijagós islands, Rowan Martin, SOS Save Our Species

Protection of key Timneh parrot breeding area underway

The Timneh parrot breeding season is now underway on the Bijagós islands of Guinea-Bissau, according to SOS Grantee Rowan Martin of the World Parrot Trust, an IUCN member. The Vulnerable Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) has long been subject to high levels of trapping for the pet trade, leading to dramatic declines in populations.   …  

20 Jun 2014 | News story

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, World Heritage site

Time to focus on the success of natural World Heritage, says IUCN

A new assessment by IUCN reveals for the first time the good conservation performance of natural World Heritage sites. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides unique insight into how the world’s natural sites can be preserved over time. …  

17 Jun 2014 | News story