Protected Areas

A manta ray blots out the sun in the sea off Raja Ampat Island, Indonesia

Draft Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas open for review

IUCN has developed Draft Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas and has opened a participatory review process. …  

15 Dec 2011 | News story

Dassies and fynbos on Table Mountain, part of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas in South Africa

BIOPAMA: capacity building to fight “paper parks”

BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) is IUCN’s landmark programme to improve management capacity for effective protected areas management. …  

14 Dec 2011 | News story
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Lachuá Lagoon National Park

Protected, naturally

More than 180,000 protected areas—national parks, nature reserves and so on—now cover over 12% of the world’s land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and helping people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are the findings of a newly-published paper in the journal Solutions. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

Green Belt Meeting participants

South Eastern European Green Belt meets again

In the period from 16 to 19 November 2011 more than 50 representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations met in Ulcinj, Montenegro, to discuss the future of the Green Belt in South-Eastern Europe. The meeting was organized by EuroNatur with the support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, and the German Federal Environment Agency. …  

24 Nov 2011 | News story

Dr. Dongwon Shin (Executive Director, KNPS), Dr. Jane Smart (Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group), Poul Engberg-Pedersen (Deputy Director General IUCN), Dr. Chong-Chun Kim (Secretary General, Korean Organizing Committee IUCN WCC), Trevor Sandwith (Director, IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme)

Unique marine national park in Korea now officially certified by IUCN

Hallyeohaesang National Park, a unique marine ecosystem in South Korea, has been certified as a Category II Protected Area under the UN List of Protected Areas. Hallyeohaesang National Park was designated in 1968 as one of the first national marine protected areas in Korea. 

23 Nov 2011 | News story
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Tusheti

Transboundary Joint Secretariat and IUCN strengthen collaboration

The Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) for Nature Conservation and the IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre (CCC) have joined forces for Southern Caucasus protected areas. …  

17 Nov 2011 | News story
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Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

Species on the Edge app is launched

Acclaimed by the US Apple Store as ‘New and Noteworthy’, the new Species on the Edge app is a detailed guide to 365 species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Featuring stunning photos and thought-provoking information it allows users to learn about threatened species from around the world. …  

16 Nov 2011 | News story

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

International support to biodiversity conservation in Albania announced

Representatives of Albanian and Italian Governments, Albanian local government, international organizations, donors, universities, civil society and the media gathered today to mark the start of a project focused on institutional capacity building and support to the environmental protection in Albania. The event is organized by the Italian Embassy in Tirana and the Albanian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration (MoEFWA), with the support of IUCN. …  

15 Nov 2011 | News story

Sabratha

Nature’s key to a bright future for Libya

As Libya emerges after a long period of political turmoil, better protection and management of its marine and coastal areas can help rebuild the country and increase the economic security of its people. …   | French | Spanish

09 Nov 2011 | News story

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), a species endemic to Cayman Islands and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

Europe’s overseas territories need more protection

Giant “Mountain Chicken” frogs, the 25 million bird island, and a rainforest the size of Portugal are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and in need of greater protection, according to a new report published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

02 Nov 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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