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The Blue Mountains, Jamaica

Law for Protecting Natural Heritage

World Conference Centre, Bonn. Applause erupted in the normally staid World Heritage Committee plenary with the announcement of the inscription of Jamaica's first World Heritage Site on Friday. Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains site was added to the list of "mixed" cultural and natural sites, underlining the important connections between human culture and the natural environment. These connections lie at the heart of the World Heritage Convention, and in a sense underpin all human efforts to protect and conserve nature. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

TABE'A II Report

New IUCN report tracks conservation in the Arab region’s natural World Heritage sites

TABE’A II, a report tracking the conservation status of natural World Heritage sites in the Arab region, has been launched at the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany. This is an update of the 2011 TABE’A report, which provided pilot assessments for the recent IUCN World Heritage Outlook. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

Jirisan National Park, South Korea

A new chapter begins for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas

Recognizing success provides inspiration and constructive feedback. Through the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), IUCN is seeking to provide an innovative tool for managers and protected area systems to assess and monitor PA values, identify existing possibilities to improve performance and demonstrate how effective management can lead to positive conservation impacts. A milestone meeting held in Switzerland marked the beginning of the “GLPA Development Phase”. The development of the global GLPA standard has shifted into a higher gear, building on the lessons from the pilot phase. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Kishore Rao, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre

Kishore Rao’s 40-year journey through protected areas and World Heritage

As the 39th World Heritage Committee concludes, Kishore Rao steps down for retirement after having headed UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre for over four years. With a background in nature conservation, he has worked on the World Heritage Convention from the perspectives of its secretariat, its advisory body on nature, and a State Party.  …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Saola

Call for proposals for conservation projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have issued a call for proposals for projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Fernando Molina acompañado del Director de UICN-Med, Antonio Troya, en la reunión de expertos del Mar de Aborán en Oujda (Marruecos) en 2009.

In memoriam: Fernando Molina, impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo

Desde UICN estamos profundamente entristecidos por la pérdida del amigo e impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN y extendemos nuestras condolencias a sus familiares, colegas y amigos. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

Value of Nature-Event/Panel Discussion

Side events at the 6th Asia RCF

A number of side events on a wide range of topics related to conservation are set to take place during the 6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum. These events are open to all conference participants, and many are sponsored by IUCN Members and partners. Topics and formats vary: from presentation and sharing of lessons learned from projects to open panel discussions on issues such as sustainable business, disaster risk reduction and protected area management. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Pacific Islands Species Forum 2015 Day 2

The Pacific Islands Species Forum: appetite for resources threatening our species

Suva, Fiji.  Over-exploitation, invasive alien species, logging, agriculture, mining, fishing, and climate change are just some of the issues threatening our Pacific Islands’ species and ecosystems.  

07 Jul 2015 | News story

Coral reefs are a key weapon in the armory against climate change, helping to buffer coastlines from storms and acting as havens for biodiversity but they are being degraded by ocean acidification.

Let nature protect us

Globally, disasters caused by natural hazards such as storms, floods and earthquakes take a huge toll in terms of human life, destruction of crops and livelihoods, and economic losses. The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) estimates that between 2000 and 2012 some 1.2 million people lost their lives as result of disasters, 2.6 billion people were affected and the cost of the damage was some US$ 1.7 trillion. …  

07 Jul 2015 | Video

Pacific Islands Species Forum 2015

Second Pacific Islands Species Forum: from data to action

Suva, Fiji. On Monday 6th July 2015, the second Pacific Islands Species Forum (PISF) was opened at the University of the South Pacific. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story


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