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Call for abstracts: 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress

The French Marine Protected Areas Agency (MPAA) and IUCN are organizing the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) in Marseille and Corsica from 21 October to 27 October 2013. …  

15 Feb 2013 | News story
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The Sitio Ramsar Río Yata

Ramsar, with Bolivia’s help, surpasses 200 million hectares of global coverage

The government of Bolivia is celebrating World Wetlands Day 2013 today by designating three enormous new Wetlands of International Importance in the Department of Beni in the lowland northeast of the country, bringing the Convention's global total of area coverage by the Contracting Parties to 204,797,361 hectares (2,047,973 km2). The new listings, providing strong evidence of Bolivia's strong commitment to wetland conservation and the Ramsar Convention's wise use philosophy, also move that country from 8th place to first place in total land area amongst the Parties, now with 11 sites covering 14,842,405 hectares, surpassing Canada's formerly premier position with 13,066,695. …  

04 Feb 2013 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Leaders wanted for sixth World Parks Congress

The world’s most influential gathering of people involved in parks and protected area management – the IUCN World Parks Congress - is calling for inspiring leaders who will help position protected areas as solutions to some of today’s biggest global challenges and shape the agenda for protected areas and their management over the next decade and beyond. …   | Spanish

24 Jan 2013 | News story

Marine biodiversity in Lebanese's waters

Lebanon moves forward to protect marine habitats

Lebanon's Ministry of Environment and IUCN with the support of partners such as the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (UN Environment Programme-Barcelona Convention) have brought forward a Marine Protected Areas Strategy aimed at achieving a healthy, productive, and biologically diverse marine environment in Lebanese waters. …   | French | Spanish

08 Jan 2013 | News story

Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

China and Japan workshops on WDPA and strengthening the protected area information base

Maintenance of information in the WDPA database for three countries in Asia – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea – is a challenge that the WCPA, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, the Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation, Asia (RBCP) has tackled with national workshops aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the global data standards, present national PA information systems and current data challenges. …  

14 Dec 2012 | News story
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Lionfish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia creates world’s largest network of marine reserves

In November 2012 the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves. The government proclaimed 44 marine reserves a network, covering 2.3 million square kilometres, a full third of Australia’s ocean territory. The reserves are home to 45 of the world’s 78 whale and dolphin species, six of the seven known species of marine turtle, and 4,000 fish species. The government received support from over 500,000 Australians, who commented positively on the creation of the network. …  

13 Dec 2012 | News story

2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Protected areas are featured in many WCC resolutions

Furthering protected areas importance to IUCN and its future conservation efforts, protected areas are the most featured theme in the recently released 2012 World Conservation Congress resolutions and recommendations. Protected areas garnered 18 percent of the 183 resolutions and recommendations, with major initiatives of the Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP) and WCPA all receiving notice. As GPAP begins implementation of its most recent work programme, its five main umbrella themes – protected areas conserving nature, achieving quality, respecting people, developing capacity and offering solutions – are all represented in the resolutions and recommendations. …  

29 Nov 2012 | News story

Flower

A good day for nature in Europe

Nearly 25,000 km2 of invaluable natural expanse have been added to the Natura 2000 network, the European Commission reports. This network of protected sites is the EU's primary tool in the fight to conserve Europe’s rich biodiversity.   …  

26 Nov 2012 | News story
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Dugong

Answering the SOS call from the wild: dolphins, rhinos, tigers and others to benefit from more funding

Gland, Switzerland, 22 November 2012 – Flagship species conservation initiative Save Our Species (SOS) is expanding its work with US$ 2.5 million funding for 25 new projects. …   | French | Spanish

22 Nov 2012 | News story

Kolkheti National Park

Protected Areas as natural solutions to climate change

Can nature help us face climate change? A pilot project by IUCN in the Caucasus shows concrete opportunities for natural, cost-effective solutions to climate change in Georgia. …  

20 Nov 2012 | 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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