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The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Tourism'.

IUCN welcomes outcomes of Ramsar CoP11

Following the closing of the recent Ramsar CoP, held in Bucharest from 6-13 July, IUCN welcomes the conference outcomes and is confident decisions made will further strengthen the Convention’s mission to conserve wetlands and promote wise use. …  

15 Jul 2012 | News story

Nominees for Honorary membership of IUCN

Honouring champions of conservation

A Danish lawyer, the Botswana Head of State and an American primatologist: what’s the link? …   | French | Spanish

09 Jul 2012 | News story

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

World Heritage - a future at risk?

St. Petersburg, Russia, 6 July, 2012 (IUCN) – As the number of natural wonders on the World Heritage List continues to grow, too many sites are left with little resources to manage them properly and conserve the very values they were inscribed for, say IUCN experts. Many face a barrage of threats, not least from mining and oil exploration. …   | Chinese

06 Jul 2012 | News story
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Congress participants during the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Last few hours for discounts on Congress fees

2012 is a busy year for environmental decision-making, with many large-scale conventions taking place. But the IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique event with a unique audience. It is the only global summit that represents every aspect of conservation, bringing together leaders of all levels – from governments and international NGOs to academia and local charities. …   | French | Spanish

05 Jul 2012 | News story

The Sangha Trinational is recommended to be added on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Six natural wonders declared World Heritage Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 July, 2012 (IUCN) – Sangha Trinational - shared between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo; Lakes of Ounianga in Chad and Chengjiang fossil site in China have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Lena Pillars Nature Park in Russia and Western Ghats in India were also added to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee, a 21-nation panel. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

The Kaieture waterfall in Guyana, the world's tallest single drop water fall, proudly stands 275m high.

Water - it's irreplaceable

At the Rio Dialogues, civil society and business showed through their online votes and panelist speeches increasing leadership when it comes to water issues. And interesting enough, the right to water was not the number one recommendation passed on to the heads of States. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story
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Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

20 years on, civil society leads in Rio

Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Commitments coming through in Rio

As world leaders pour in to Rio de Janeiro for the UN's Sustainable Development Summit civil society, business and governments are making commitments that will make a difference, according to IUCN's Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …  

21 Jun 2012 | News story

Business unusual

Let’s get serious!

IUCN and the UN Global Compact are helping business in Rio get serious about biodiversity, boosting private sector efforts in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services – the benefits we get from nature. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story

Dr Mark Smith

Blog: Negotiating [clean] water in Rio

My first day in Rio was yesterday. I was off the plane at 6 am, to the hotel and then straight to Rio Centro for a lunchtime side event with the Ramsar Secretariat on the upcoming TEEB study on water and wetlands. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story


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