Protected Areas

The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

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New remarkable natural and cultural sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, June 19-29. A total of 42 sites will be considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

10 Jun 2011 | News story

Stephen Woodley

Protected Areas get a boost from Parks Canada

Providing a major boost to IUCN’s Global Programme on Protected Areas, Parks Canada and IUCN are pleased to announce that Dr Stephen Woodley will take up a new position as Senior Programme Advisor on Protected Areas and Climate Change for the next two years. …  

07 Jun 2011 | News story
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Aire Marine Protégée de Kayar : formation des gestionnaires sur la gouvernance partagée

Du 2 au 5 mai 2011, à la demande du conservateur et du comité de gestion de l'AMP, une formation en gouvernance partagée s'est tenue à Kayar, Sénégal. La formation a été dispensée par des membres du Team Moteur en Gouvernance Partagée; composée de personnes de la sous-région ayant assisté à de précédentes formations sur le thème et qui forment maintenant un pool de formateurs. …  

05 Jun 2011 | News story
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Arial view of dense forest cover in the Core Zone, Rio Platano.

A promising future for Rio Platano

In the Mosquitia region in north-east Honduras is a place whose natural and cultural wealth can rarely be seen elsewhere in the world. But the future of this exceptional richness, in a country torn by conflict, poverty and adverse socio-economic conditions, strongly depends on the readiness of its authorities to consolidate efforts to manage and conserve it, working together with the area’s local and indigenous communities. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story

A lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serenity on the Serengeti?

It may be inconceivable that world-famous places like the Serengeti plain of Africa could be anything but secure. But like many other World Heritage sites, the very features which draw thousands of visitors each year are under pressure. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story

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IUCN welcomes 24 new Members and 3 National Committees

On 25 May 2011, the 76th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 24 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized 3 National Committees. …   | French | Spanish

30 May 2011 | News story

"Love, Not Loss" is a video about communicating biodiversity

Video in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew and Spanish: Love. Not Loss.

This popular video is now available in six languages. Screen it at your next event and start people talking about how to 'communicate biodiversity'. …  

24 May 2011 | News story

Hector Caymaris

Persistence pays off

When Héctor Caymaris became the only Park Ranger in Laguna de Rocha in Uruguay in 2001, it wasn’t the wild animals that were a threat, it was the wild people. …   | Spanish

20 May 2011 | News story

European Day of Parks

Celebrating the Contribution of Green Volunteers Across Europe

On and around 24th May 2011, Europe’s most beautiful places will recognise the work of the thousands of green volunteers that help take care of these fabulous spaces and the animals and plants they protect. During the celebrations of the European Day of Parks hundreds of events will highlight the assets of volunteering will take place across the continent. The European Day of Parks was launched by IUCN Member, the EUROPARC Federation. …  

20 May 2011 | News story

Relic forest

Laying the foundation for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Momentum is gathering behind the case for a Red List of Ecosystems which, modeled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is hoped will generate better environmental management. …  

13 May 2011 | 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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