Protected Areas

World heritage site in Korea

Seeking contributors for new World Heritage knowledge tool

Do you hold first-hand knowledge on natural and mixed World Heritage Sites, and the factors affecting them? IUCN is seeking contributions to compile Conservation Outlook Assessments for the State of World Heritage, a new knowledge tool. …  

16 Apr 2013 | News story

IUCN@CAMBODIA

Why you should come to Cambodia next June

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh will be the backdrop of the next World Heritage Committee, from 17-27 June 2013. The annual event represents a key opportunity for civil society to advocate onsite issues and the World Heritage Convention’s policies and procedures. …  

12 Apr 2013 | News story

European Day of Parks

My Park. My Passion. My Story. European Day of Parks 2013

“My Park. My Passion. My Story.” is the motto of the European Day of Parks 2013 promoted by the EUROPARC Federation, an IUCN Member. Since its inauguration in 1999 this commemorative event day invites people to protected areas and raise awareness about the importance of these areas for biodiversity protection. The day is celebrated on and around 24 May.   …  

13 Mar 2013 | News story
0 Comments | Write a comment

Coastal area outside Sendai which will be integrated into Sanriku Reconstruction Park

First Asia Parks Congress strives for protected area connections

Sendai, Japan is set to host the Asia Parks Congress (APC) from November 13 to November 17, 2013 – the first meeting of its kind to be held in the region. The Congress is being organized by the Ministry of the Environment-Japan (MoEJ) and IUCN. The theme “Parks Connect” signifies protected areas connections at many different levels, linking people with nature, people with people and protected areas with pressing world challenges, including disaster risk reduction, climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainable development and livelihoods. …  

07 Mar 2013 | News story

White rhino, South Africa

Support Capacity Development in Eastern and Southern Africa, says WCPA Regional Vice Chair, Moses Mapesa

The IUCN WCPA Capacity Development Programme’s purpose is to deliver technical support to national governments to meet their protected area objectives and support governments to meet their commitments under the CBD PoWPA and Aichi Target 11. I call on WCPA members in Eastern and Southern Africa to play a more active role in supporting this programme. …  

21 Feb 2013 | News story
0 Comments | Write a comment

Logo

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
0 Comments | Write a comment

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
0 Comments | Write a comment


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.
Global Protected Areas Programme