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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

Rosewood poaching

Terre Sauvage Exclusive: Saving Thailand's Blood Wood

Highly prized for making reproduction Chinese furniture, Siamese Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) is being poached to extinction in the eastern forests of Thailand. Heavily armed gangs of poachers are invading the forests, where poorly armed, under-resourced rangers are fighting a battle to protect the few trees that remain.  

04 Dec 2014 | News story

Widodo Ramono receives Packard Award

Widodo Ramono receives IUCN/WCPA Fred M. Packard Award

SOS congratulates Mr. Widodo Ramono for receiving the IUCN/WCPA Fred M. Packard Award for his long dedication and inspirational leadership in preventing Sumatran and Javan rhinos from extinction 

02 Dec 2014 | News story

Mua Voyage video screenshot

Mua Voyage video at World Parks Congress

A short video highlighting the Mua Voyage's message on ocean protection and climate change received a standing ovation when it was shown at the opening plenary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. …  

26 Nov 2014 | News story

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2014 | International news release

Children in Simien National Park, World Heritage site, Ethiopia

New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage

Sydney, Australia – Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. 

18 Nov 2014 | International news release


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