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Vietnam: The Ha Long Bay Alliance

Steep limestone pillars rising sharply out of the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay – the image is synonymous with Vietnam. Every year, thousands of tourists visit this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site to experience its majestic beauty. The weight of these visitors combined with rapid regional industrialization, however, is straining the bay’s environmental health. In response, the U.S. government, in partnership with the provincial (Quang Ninh) People’s Committee, has recently launched the Ha Long Bay Alliance. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the alliance aims to improve environmental management and foster stronger cooperation and communication among stakeholders. …  

14 May 2014 | News story
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Julia Miranda Londoño, WCPA Regional Chair for South America

Recognize protected area leadership

Nominations for the Packard awards are now open Deadline for nominations is 15 June 2014 …  

08 May 2014 | News story

Socotra World Heritage Site

Celebrate World Heritage Day: World Heritage is the Shared Wealth of Humankind

On 18 April 1982, on the occasion of a forum organized by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Tunisia, the holding of the "International Day for Monuments and Sites" to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This has been traditionally called the “World Heritage Day”.  …  

08 May 2014 | Article

Hawar Islands

Linking Tourism with Coastal World Heritage Sites Management in Bahrain

Bahrain hosted a regional workshop on Tourism Development and Coastal World Heritage Sites on the 14th of April. IUCN ROWA participated in this workshop in order to share their experiences in World Heritage sites management.  …  

08 May 2014 | Article

Convention on Biological Diversity

Viet Nam ratifies the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 1 May 2014 – With four new ratifications in the last week, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has received 66% of the necessary ratifications, with only 17 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Ratifications by Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Vietnam bring to 33 the total number of ratifications to the ground-breaking treaty under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

IUCN provided the technical assistance to the Government of Viet Nam to revise its National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBSAP), one of the recommendations in which was to ratify the Nagoya Protocol. 

02 May 2014 | Article

Okavango Delta, Botswana

IUCN 2014 World Heritage recommendations now available

IUCN’s evaluations of 10 sites nominated to obtain World Heritage status are now public ahead of the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting. In addition, the first batch of State of Conservation reports, prepared jointly by IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, has been released.  …   | French | Spanish

02 May 2014 | Article

Virunga The Movie

Virunga documentary premieres in New York

Virunga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s oldest and richest national park. A feature length documentary film about the beauty and the struggles of Virunga National Park had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th. …  

18 Apr 2014 | News story

Observers are trained in photography and video

Enanga showcases community testimonies on oil and other resources

We are pleased to announce the launch of Enanga, an online platform sharing photo and video testimonies from across Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda on the problems and promises of natural resources. Enanga (www.enanga.org) combines community perspectives captured in photo and video documentaries with expert analysis to foster accountable and participative natural resource management solutions. …   | Dutch

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

IUCN condemns attack on Virunga’s Chief Warden

IUCN is deeply shocked by the news of the violent attack on Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode, which took place yesterday. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

Director Virunga National Park shot

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, was shot on Tuesday in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. He is in serious but stable condition. No further details are available on the attack at the present time. …   | Dutch

16 Apr 2014 | News story


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