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Murphy's petrels

Removing rats, restoring islands

A unique international project partnership involving IUCN Member organizations, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to restore a series of islands and seabird habitats in the Pacific by removing alien invasive rats which have wreaked havoc on native biodiversity. …  

10 Aug 2011 | News story

Mining in the Philippines

Mining threats on the rise in World Heritage sites

Paris, France, 23 June, 2011 (IUCN) – Extractive industries and governments that licence their activities should commit to stopping all mining and oil/gas exploration and exploitation activities that could damage World Heritage Sites, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …   | Spanish

27 Jun 2011 | IUCN statement

Wadi Rum Jordan

Jordan and Germany also join World Heritage

The Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan has been declared a World Heritage Site, becoming the 211th natural site to join UNESCO’s prestigious list. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release

Lake Bogoria landscape

Natural wonders in Kenya, Australia and Japan declared World Heritage Sites

The Lakes System in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Ningaloo Coast in Australia and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release

Fauna and Flora International's Tony Whitton

Working with Sumatra to restore natural wonders

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia, is now on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. IUCN Member, Fauna and Flora International, will be among the groups working with local authorities to address the issues raised and bring this site back to its full potential. …  

23 Jun 2011 | News story

A volcano in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

World Heritage in danger: two natural sites added

The Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

22 Jun 2011 | International news release

Rhino in the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the road to recovery

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in the eastern Himalaya foothills of India has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …  

21 Jun 2011 | International news release

Mohamed Talaat El Hennawy, Manager , Wadi El Rayan Protected Area, Egypt.

World Heritage in Egypt

Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt, is Egypt's only natural World Heritage Site. It contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales: Archaeoceti. …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Tourism threatens World Heritage in Japan

There are three natural World Heritage Sites in Japan. But as in many other areas of the world, these sites are facing a range of challenges, the most important of which is tourism, according to Yoshida Masahito, Chair of the Japan National Committee for IUCN.  …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Dhows in Socotra Islands.

More support needed to boost Arab natural World Heritage

With only two natural sites added to the World Heritage List in 15 years there is a need to review the process of nominating natural World Heritage Sites in Arab States, a new IUCN report has found. …   | French | Spanish

21 Jun 2011 | International news release

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans