Protected Areas

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Remember the rangers: 31 July is World Ranger Day

Today we celebrate World Ranger Day. We commemorate those rangers all over the world who have died in the course of their duties but also those who risk their lives every day at the forefront of conservation. While some are exposed to hazardous environmental conditions such as floods or dangerous animals, others are targeted because they stand up to poachers, drug warlords and criminals. This year alone, at least 31 were murdered, some under the most horrific circumstances. …  

31 Jul 2011 | News story

Cousin Island Seychelles

Half of Seychelles Islands become protected

The Seychelles Government has announced that it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected by law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amount to 15.72 km² of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and total 45,500 hectares. Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were created, increasing the total area of protected land to 47.06%. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Sar Planina, a mountain range in the Balkans

Conservation without borders – nature helps Europe overcome political divides

Conservation action involving several countries brings large scale benefits to nature and helps resolve social and political conflicts, a new IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) publication shows. …  

20 Jul 2011 | News story
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El alto comisario de Aguas y Bosques y la Lucha contra la Desertificación del Reino de Marruecos, Abdeladim Lhafi, la ministra de Medio Ambiente, y Medio Rural y Marino, Rosa Aguilar, y el consejero de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía José Juan Díaz Trillo

Spain, Andalusia and Morocco agreed on a shared action plan

On 5 July several IUCN members signed in Malaga an agreement to collaborate for the Intercontinental Reserve for the Mediterranean. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jul 2011 | News story
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Support for projects in Marine Protected Areas of the Mediterranean

MedPAN, the Network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Area Managers, is launching on 1 July 2011 a call for small projects for Mediterranean MPA managers. The projects that will be financed will contribute to helping MPA managers implement concrete field activities. …   | French

04 Jul 2011 | News story

Field visit during the Al Hima Workshop held in Lebanon

The old ways are the best—reviving traditional knowledge in West Asia

An ancient conservation practice born in the Arabian desert more than 1,500 years ago is now being revived in the battle-scarred greenery of Lebanon to help meet the complex challenges of a modern economy. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Bandar Khiran, Oman

Boosting ecotourism in Oman

For many years the rich biological and cultural diversity of Oman has been a major draw card for tourists but now eco-tourism is being given a special boost thanks to a project between IUCN and the Omani Ministry of Tourism. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Khaldoun Al Omari working in the field

A bird’s eye view of conservation

With a background in applied biology and rich experience in nature conservation, IUCN’s Khaldoun Al Omari now engages his passion for nature and knowledge about how to conserve it. He is making sure that the potential of protected areas in saving our natural environment not only looks great on paper but is also effectively translated into action on the ground. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Guatemala

Greener ways to end poverty

Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story

SOS Call for Proposals now open

The first SOS Call for Proposals is now open, accepting Threatened Species and Rapid Action Grants. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2011.  …   | Chinese

27 Jun 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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