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Participants at the launch workshop

Water pollution in Ha Long Bay: the challenge

Every day, 5,500 tourists on average take cruises through the spectacular landscape of Ha Long Bay. Rising from the sparkling green waters, steep, densely forested karst hills never fail to impress. These days, however, the waters aren’t so sparkling and visitors are becoming less inclined to revisit an area plagued by pollution. In response, IUCN and Marine Conservation and Development (MCD), a local NGO and IUCN member, have established the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a partnership of government, business, and grassroots organizations. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Alliance supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and innovative governance arrangements to improve water quality in Ha Long and Cat Ba.   …   | Vietnamese

29 Jan 2015 | Article
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IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Closing ceremony - IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A promise made for the future of World Heritage

The aspirations for World Heritage laid out in the World Parks Congress’s ‘Promise of Sydney’ place World Heritage sites as crucial drivers of change, and models of excellence to show how protected areas can succeed as inspiring solutions for nature and people. …  

19 Jan 2015 | Article

Mount Huangshan, World Heritage site, China

Mount Huangshan: first World Heritage site on the IUCN Green List

China’s Mount Huangshan was the first World Heritage site to achieve the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Standard, based on conservation excellence recognised in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook. …  

16 Jan 2015 | Article

Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article

Prof Klaus Töpfer

Will Germany put natural World Heritage in the limelight in 2015? Face to face with Klaus Töpfer

As Germany’s four-year mandate as member of the World Heritage Committee enters its final stage in 2015 – and with the next Committee meeting being held in Bonn in June – we catch up with Klaus Töpfer, a leading figure in national and global environmental policy. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Interview

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

À travers le monde, les reporters et les photographes de Terre sauvage racontent comment on tente de sauver l’antilope saïga au Kazakhstan, le palissandre du Siam en Thaïlande, ou les vautours un peu partout

La Liste Rouge des espèces menacèes a 50 ans, un numéro spécial de Terre Sauvage célèbre cet anniversaire

Aujourd’hui, une espèce de mammifère sur quatre est menacée d’extinction au niveau mondial. C’est également le cas pour un oiseau sur huit, plus d’un amphibien sur trois, un tiers des requins et des coraux constructeurs de récifs, et plus d’une espèce de conifères sur trois. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Diver in Marae Moana (Cook Islands Marine Park)

Future challenges for large marine protected areas in the Pacific highlighted at World Parks Congress

As the Pacific Islands region continues to lead the way in creating large marine protected areas, the World Parks Congress has delivered a wake-up call to the rest of the world that the Pacific will require help to manage these massive areas of global importance. …  

07 Dec 2014 | News story


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