World Heritage

13A-060-006, Cocoa truck hidding ivory tusk, Djoum, Cameroon, (C) Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our SPecies,

Exposing illegal trade in elephant tusks

Following a seizure of ivory, a suspected illegal trader has been sentenced to imprisonment. Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, explains how ZSL helped expose the crime.   …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Concerns over scale of threats to natural World Heritage confirmed by new report

Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by industrial activities, according to a new report drawing heavily on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Heritage Outlook. …  

06 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-050-018 Ant-poaching banner being shown at football cup,  (c) WCS@PFCI, SOS Save Our Species, Okapi, Elephant, Ituri forest

The future of Ituri Forest's Elephants

"It is up to you the youth of Mambasa. The future of the elephants is in your hands!” Throwing down his challenge to the next generation, the Administrator of the Mambasa Territory in the Ituri Forest of Democratic Republic of Congo was marking the area’s first ever World Elephant Day (2015).   …  

31 Mar 2016 | News story

Women harvesting rice, Vietnam

World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'

By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation.   …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2016 | News story
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13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Massif de l'Ennedi, Chad

Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016

IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the official Advisory Body on natural World Heritage, IUCN will issue its recommendations six weeks before UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 10 to 20 July 2016. …  

06 Jan 2016 | News story

Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

IUCN and UNESCO welcome no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm had received a licence to explore for oil in an area overlapping Kenya’s World Heritage-listed Lake Turkana National Parks. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Halting land degradation, holistically

For the next 10 days IUCN experts will be supporting decision makers from 195 countries as they discuss solutions to the issues of desertification, land degradation and drought which are plaguing many areas of the world. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

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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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