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Grasberg mine (before 2000) adjacent to Lorentz National Park, World Heritage site in Indonesia

Financial giant HSBC commits to further protecting World Heritage sites

HSBC has issued a new policy on World Heritage sites and Ramsar Wetlands, strengthening its commitment not to provide financial support to projects that can threaten these exceptional areas. …  

14 Apr 2014 | News story

amphibian bar

Clear win for species in World Heritage sites

If I tell you World Heritage, what do you see? The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, Vatican City? World Heritage is often associated with cultural heritage. However, the prestigious World Heritage List contains 193 natural sites, and 29 mixed cultural and natural sites. Wait – did you just think of the Galapagos and Ha Long Bay? …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

World’s Rarest Gorilla Gets New Roadmap for Survival

In spite of the continued threats of poaching and habitat destruction, future prospects for the world’s rarest gorilla - the Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla dielhi) - have improved but are still dependent on continued local and international partnerships, according to a new action plan published by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and produced in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service - both IUCN members, as well as the North Carolina Zoo, and other organisations.   …  

26 Mar 2014 | News story

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Supporting our forest guardians

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 14th of March 2013, 33-year old Thaweesak Chomyong, a ranger working in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park was fatally shot when a group of poachers fired upon his patrol team before fleeing the scene. This was not an isolated incident. The neighbouring Thap Lan National Park (TLNP), part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also bearing the brunt of this poaching epidemic, in particular the poaching of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis). …  

21 Mar 2014 | News story

Horsh Arz el-Rab (or Forest of the Cedars of God), World Heritage cultural landscape in Lebanon

Cultural landscapes and protected areas: Unfolding the linkages and synergies

World Heritage cultural landscapes embrace diverse tangible and intangible expressions of human interaction with the natural environment. Their connections with protected areas encourage holistic approaches to the conservation of the world’s intertwined cultural and natural heritage, writes Gunnar Finke. …  

19 Mar 2014 | Article

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IUCN World Parks Congress content contribution closes in 24 hours

The Call for Programme content for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will close in 24hours. The deadline is set for Saturday 15 March 2014 and it will not be extended so if you haven’t already submitted a proposal and would like to contribute to the Congress Programme, now's the time to do so.

14 Mar 2014 | Article


Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

12 Mar 2014 | International news release

Parque Nacional Los Katios - Colombia

Global to local: How World Heritage sites can bring international conservation goals to ground level

In linking World Heritage with other international conventions, Sonia Peña Moreno takes us through the compelling evidence that conservation works and that the power of collective efforts can lead to desired positive change. …  

05 Mar 2014 | Article

Country Action planning - Uganda, at the BIOPAMA Eastern and Southern African dialogue on extractive industries- World Heritage (Feb 2014, Kenya)

World Heritage and extractive Industries come together to address protected areas and land resource use conflict

From February 19 – 21, government ministries, private investors and other key stakeholders from extractive industries and World Heritage from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya joined a dialogue in Nairobi initiated by the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), supported by BIOPAMA and the MAVA Foundation.  The meeting’s goal was to gain insight into the perspectives and concerns of different parties with respect to mineral, metal and hydrocarbon development and natural World Heritage Sites, in addition to identifying a strategy to avoid negative impacts on natural World Heritage Sites, with mutual gains for all parties.
  …   | French

05 Mar 2014 | Article
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Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans