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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

Mexico, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

The shifting sands of an unlikely biodiversity paradise

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, World Heritage site, Mexico …  

09 Jan 2014 | Fact sheet

Macquarie Island, World Heritage site

World Heritage: beacons of inspiration

As we step into 2014, year of the World Parks Congress, Célia Zwahlen takes us through the importance of World Heritage sites as key leaders in meeting the challenges faced by protected areas worldwide. …  

09 Jan 2014 | Article

IUCN World Heritage Panel Members

Experts advise IUCN on its position for 2014 World Heritage nominations

The IUCN World Heritage Panel has met to discuss IUCN’s position on the nominations of new natural sites proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List in 2014. …  

09 Jan 2014 | News story

Jim Thorsell, IUCN Senior Advisor on World Heritage

Jim Thorsell: from pioneer to veteran of IUCN’s work on World Heritage

The history of IUCN’s work on World Heritage is inextricably linked with Jim Thorsell’s life-long dedication to nature conservation. His passion for adventure into the wild led him to participate in field missions to over 800 protected areas in 90 countries and conduct 150 natural site evaluations during his 20 years at IUCN, where he is now Senior Advisor and a Member of the World Heritage Panel. …  

09 Jan 2014 | Article

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

The road for entrepreneurship in African World Heritage sites

The African World Heritage Fund celebrates the year of entrepreneurship and business skills in 2014, a new theme to help focus efforts on boosting community involvement in World Heritage conservation. …  

09 Jan 2014 | Article

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The WILD side of World Heritage

Did you know that 62% of all the land area covered by natural World Heritage sites contains the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet? Overall, 22 of the world’s 24 terrestrial wilderness areas are represented on the World Heritage List. …  

07 Jan 2014 | Article

Inspection of the Nyika National Park for a World Heritage evaluation mission

IUCN World Parks Congress - a video preview

They provide inspiration and adventure, supply food and water, offer natural defences against climate change and support the livelihoods of millions of people. …   | Spanish

07 Jan 2014 | Article

Coral reefs - New Caledonia

Welcome to 2014 with a free trip around the most beautiful places on Earth

2014 promises to be a year full of conservation action for IUCN, with the World Parks Congress, the launch of the World Heritage Outlook and the 50th anniversary of the Red List. To welcome the New Year, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. No need to book time off, you'll be blown away in just a few clicks. Ready? …  

05 Jan 2014 | Article
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Hammerhead sharks

Shark expert and freediver joins IUCN’s ocean conservation mission

Despite the high profile media attention sharks receive, relatively little is known about their biology. Of those shark species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, nearly half are listed as Data Deficient, which means that we do not have enough information to assess their conservation status. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

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