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Lake Ohrid

Supporting Effective Management of Lake Ohrid

The Inception Workshop for the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region” was held on 15-16 September in Pogradec, Albania, marking the beginning of a three-year project aimed at reinforcing the protection and effective management of the Lake Ohrid region.  …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story

Women on their way to market, Mali.

Global targets set for failure?

Twenty targets designed to tackle the extinction crisis and restore the earth’s natural capital by 2020 were agreed on by most of the world’s governments at a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Japan in 2010. Latest data, however, shows that many of those targets will not be met. As the 2014 CBD conference gets under way today in the Republic of Korea, IUCN calls for urgent commitment of action and financial resources to step up efforts to achieve the targets. …  

06 Oct 2014 | Article

The crew of the Gaualofa prior to its departure from Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

Mua Voyage: Samoan and Cook Islands voyaging canoes on way to Fiji

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa has joined the Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua on the second leg of the Mua Voyage to Sydney, raising awareness about the importance of people, oceans and climate change in the Pacific – next stop, Fiji! …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

Mr Tua Pittman of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society speaking at the launch of the Marumaru Atua - the start of the 'Mua: Guided by Nature' voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Destination Sydney: Mua voyage launches from Cook Islands with message on people, oceans and climate change

The Marumaru Atua has set sail from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the first of four Pacific voyaging canoes that will sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, conveying the message to the world about Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future. …  

25 Sep 2014 | News story

2012A-45-001 A _credit Ujung Kulon NP and WWF Indonesia _Javan Rhino, IRF, SOS Save OUr Species

Flagship species: how protecting rhinos can help other threatened wildlife

Marking World Rhino Day, SOS Grantee Bill Konstant, International Rhino Foundation writes this thought provoking article on the role of rhinos as flagship species for conservation.   …  

22 Sep 2014 | News story

Sundarban mangroves

Recognising the power of wetlands

A wetland restoration project in the Sundarbans, a protected area shared by India and Bangladesh, is addressing climate change, protecting the coastline from floods while securing food and income for local communities. …  

17 Sep 2014 | Article

Ray in Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

Launch of Pacific regional observatory for protected areas and biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is pleased to announce the commencement of an important new partnership that will see the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as the host organization for the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region. …  

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Kilimanjaro National Park, World Heritage site, Tanzania

Capturing the essence of natural World Heritage: Q&A with Elena Osipova

 Young professional Elena Osipova, World Heritage Monitoring Officer at IUCN, talks about the World Heritage Outlook, one of IUCN’s latest and most exciting innovations. The new system provides for the first time assessments of all 228 natural World Heritage sites and their potential to maintain value over time. After launching the user-friendly worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org this summer in Doha at the 38th World Heritage Committee meeting, IUCN will present a report with global and regional results at the World Parks Congress in Sydney next November. …  

04 Sep 2014 | Interview

World Ranger Day 2014, Thailand

To rangers with love & admiration

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question is often asked of children. But how many kids answer: “I want to be a ranger"? …  

20 Aug 2014 | Article

Participantes taller nacional Colombia, proyecto Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, 2014.

Cuarto taller nacional sobre Gestión de Áreas Protegidas de la Amazonía, en Colombia

Liderado por la UICN, el 14 y 15 de agosto pasados representantes de organizaciones involucradas en la gestión de las áreas protegidas amazónicas de Colombia se reunieron en el marco del Proyecto “Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, lecciones aprendidas en áreas protegidas”. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

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