Protected Areas

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Top global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. …  

24 Apr 2012 | News story

Toborochi, Chaco Paraguayo

Áreas protegidas en El Chaco sudamericano y cambio climático

Taller regional de municipios y cambio climático …  

20 Apr 2012 | News story
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Tigers, SOS, SMART

Progress towards better governance of Protected Areas

In the in-depth review of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IUCN WCPA identified a lack of progress on Element 2 on Governance, Participation, Equity and Benefit Sharing. …  

19 Apr 2012 | News story
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Jebel Zaghouan National Park

Mobilizing local partners for Eco-tourism in Tunisia

As part of a project led by IUCN-Med and funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) for the establishment of an eco-tourism plan in two pilot protected areas in North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia), a 2nd field visit took place in Tunisia during the last week of March. …  

16 Apr 2012 | News story

Velipojë Protected Landscape

Joint planning for protected areas

The first quarter of 2012 saw the first phase of the preparation of the management plans for the Buna River and Surrounding Wetlands Protected Landscape, and the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park in the framework of a project led by IUCN in Albania. …  

12 Apr 2012 | News story

Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

European Parliament voices concern over Virunga National Park thanks to IUCN encouragement

The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently been the subject of actions by European Parliamentarians encouraged by IUCN. …  

12 Apr 2012 | News story
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Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

BIOPAMA – boosting capacity for protected areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

A global inception workshop, held in IUCN’s headquarters from 21 to 23 March, marked the starting point for the implementation of the BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme. Launched by the European Commission in July 2011, BIOPAMA is funded through Intra-ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries) resources from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). BIOPAMA has two main components: a Protected Areas component, and an Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) component. …  

10 Apr 2012 | News story
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A sacred place of the Sámi people in the middle of  Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland.

Europe’s sacred lands – a secret in need

‘The Diversity of Sacred Lands in Europe’, provides a unique insight into Europe’s often forgotten sacred natural sites. It looks into their history, importance and the threats they currently face. The book is a must-read for managers of European protected areas and landscapes and those interested in the religious and cultural aspects of European natural sites. Published by IUCN and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services of Finland, the book is part of a series issued by The Delos Initiative of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

SPAMIs in the Mediterranean

Seven New Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance

Policy makers from 21 Mediterranean countries approved to include seven new sites on the SPAMI list (Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance) at the last meeting of Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held in Paris (February 2012), officially informed by the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story

Alimoche

Did you know that almost 25% of Spain’s land is included in Natura 2000?

Protected areas in Spain cover more than 15 million hectares, representing over 27% of its land area. And almost a quarter of the whole Spanish territory is part of the Natura 2000 Network which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This month, the IUCN National Committee and Member organizations in Spain showcase their activities and achievements in nature conservation in the third edition of the IUCN European Country Focus. …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story
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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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