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Rosewood seized in Pang Sida National Park

(Un)protected Areas: Rosewood Poaching in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex encompasses some of the most pristine forests and wildlife habitats in Thailand and is globally important for its biodiversity; that is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. However, in recent years, the four national parks and wildlife sanctuary that form this World Heritage Site have come under increasing pressure from illegal logging of Rosewood. …

24 Feb 2014 | Article

Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge today joined the United for Wildlife organisations, including IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade. …

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2013

A global perspective on re-introduction

From mangroves to spiders, trout to bobcat, the latest edition of Global Re-introduction Perspectives presents 52 case studies on re-introduction projects from around the world. …

05 Feb 2014 | News story

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

Entrepreneurship for World Heritage in Africa: sign up to the workshop

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), in partnership with the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) and Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA), launch the call for applications for the training workshops on entrepreneurship. … | French

05 Feb 2014 | Article

World Heritage is the quarterly magazine produced by UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Free World Heritage app for a limited time

Don’t miss your chance to download the World Heritage app for free, courtesy of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre! Read exclusive articles and watch videos of the world’s most spectacular sites. Available for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire tablets. …

04 Feb 2014 | Article

Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. … | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

Socotra World Heritage Site

Assessing the Management of Socotra World Heritage Site

A regional workshop was one of the regional efforts of the World Heritage programme in supporting the World Heritage site in Socotra, which aimed to exchange the experiences in environment management and wildlife conservation between the partners. …

03 Feb 2014 | Article

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Hornet

Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN network. …

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General and Roland Siller, Member of the KfW Management Committee, Director for Europe and Asia sign the agreement on tiger conservation

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat. The agreement was signed today at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. … | German

14 Jan 2014 | News story

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