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Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

The Tacana people dancing

Tacana people define future of the forest

One of Bolivia's Indigenous Peoples - the Tacana - have helped to develop a territorial management programme which has already significantly reduced forest loss in large areas of South America and could help to determine the future of much of the Amazon rainforest. …  

22 Apr 2015 | Article

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Where the blue Danube goes green

Donau-Auen National Park is one of the largest wetlands in Europe and extends from Vienna to the Slovakian border. Established as a transboundary national park in 1996,  it will host IUCN's 'Little Sydney' conference between 28-31 May and is one of the last remaining wetlands in Europe, consisting of a network of riparian forest (65%), water (20%) and meadow (15%).  …  

22 Apr 2015 | Article
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One of the delegates at the last Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous issues the talk of New York

The fourteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) began in earnest at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, 20 April and will focus on key indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights until its conclusion on 1 May 2015.  …  

22 Apr 2015 | Article

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

Lake Sils - Switzerland

World Water Forum: From crises to opportunities

Every three years, the World Water Forum puts water into the global spotlight. This 7th edition, which started on Sunday 12 April in Daegu and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, will focus on moving from policy talk to implementation – on how to put proven solutions to water challenges into wider use by harnessing innovation, creativity and know-how on a scale that can make a difference at local to global levels. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

SOS, International Rhino Foundation, Indonesia

Video Sequences of Javan Rhinos from Ujung Kulon National Park

One hundred camera traps and dozens of man hours later, a recently released video shows amazing sequences featuring some of the extremely rare and rather elusive Critically Endangered Javan Rhinos of Ujung Kulon National Park. You can watch the video here. …  

11 Apr 2015 | News story

Mangrove ecosystems are valuable assets.

World Forum on Natural Capital calls for ground-breaking case studies

Organizers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, including IUCN, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit companies’ bottom line, as well as the environment. 

09 Apr 2015 | Article

Lynda Mansson, DG of MAVA, launching the IUCN World Heritage Outlook

IUCN’s work on World Heritage gets renewed support from MAVA Foundation

The MAVA Foundation and IUCN have signed an agreement to continue their partnership on World Heritage through a new phase of work to be implemented over the next four years. The new project, ‘A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage’, supports the work of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme and builds on the 2010-2014 Agenda for Nature, which made possible key advancements in World Heritage conservation. …  

08 Apr 2015 | News story

Ecotourism Management and Interpretation Training - Group Photo

Ecotourism Management and Interpretation Training for Mediterranean Protected Areas

 Ecotourism is a major trend with a growing demand for consumers for packages which offer responsible travel to natural areas, conservation of the environment, and improvement of the well-being of local people. The Mediterranean area is one of the most interesting regions in the world in terms of ecotourism potential. The high diversity of landscapes and ecosystems together with the unique socio-economic and cultural mosaic provide suitable conditions for the development of ecotourism. …  

05 Apr 2015 | Article

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