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Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, World Heritage site

Time to focus on the success of natural World Heritage, says IUCN

A new assessment by IUCN reveals for the first time the good conservation performance of natural World Heritage sites. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides unique insight into how the world’s natural sites can be preserved over time. …  

17 Jun 2014 | News story

12A_33_42, WWF MEkong, SOS Save Our Species, Saola, Illegal camp pre-burning, © Khamhou Thongsamouth

Saola Field Notes: Reconnaissance patrol into the Kalo region of the Xe Sap National Protected Area, Vietnam

SOS grantee Michael Dine of WWF, an IUCN member, has been updating SOS on field activities from his project to help protect the Critically Endangered Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis). This is one of two SOS funded projects helping to protect the little known and rarely seen forest bovid – cousin to antelopes, cattle and goats.  What follows is Michael’s report of a successful reconnaissance patrol in difficult terrain and conditions – which also indicates several of the practical challenges one faces when trying to protect a species.   …  

17 Jun 2014 | News story

Uyuni-Bolivia

América del Sur rumbo a Sídney: Pueblos indígenas, aliados claves para la conservación

En los últimos 10 años, la participación y el reconocimiento de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en temas de conservación y áreas protegidas se han incrementado considerablemente.  
 

17 Jun 2014 | News story

Huon Tree Kangaroo leaning on branch

Global recognition for grassroots action in Papua New Guinea

IUCN Oceania congratulates two conservation and climate change adaptation initiatives in Papua New Guinea – the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and Tulele Peisa – that have been recognized as winners of the Equator Prize 2014. …  

16 Jun 2014 | News story

37th World Heritage Committee, Phnom Penh, 2013

IUCN urges excellence for World Heritage

Doha, Qatar, 15 June 2014 (IUCN) – World Heritage faces growing threats from illegal wildlife trade and development pressures, requiring the highest standards in conservation action at the global level, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Convention’s advisory body on nature.  …   | Arabic

15 Jun 2014 | News story

Equator Prize logo

Equator Prize 2014 winners announced

Thirty-five initiatives recognised for outstanding local achievement in sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities have been named as winners of this year’s Equator Prize. …  

13 Jun 2014 | News story

Dickinson's Cypripedium (Cypripedium dickinsonianum) - Endangered

IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo – the mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – remains Vulnerable as its population continues to decline. …   | French | Spanish | German | Dutch

12 Jun 2014 | News story

Regional Forum on Oceans, Coasts and People in Asia and the Pacific, Cebu, PH, May 2014

Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific

“We need to avoid re-inventing the wheel” is a notion that was frequently heard during the opening of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific. The event was hosted by the Blue Solutions Initiative, with IUCN as a partner, on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. It convened around 100 practitioners and decision makers, civil society, local community as well as government representatives. …  

11 Jun 2014 | News story

The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham launching the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign

International sporting personalities United for Wildlife

Global sports personalities came together in London yesterday to sign up to the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign, which seeks to mobilise support amongst younger generations for the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. Sportspeople already signed up as Ambassadors of the campaign include David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Rahul Dravid, Samuel Eto’o, Yao Ming and Francois Pienaar. …  

09 Jun 2014 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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