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Charline Gaudin - ELC Legal Officer 2015

A new colleague in Bonn

The ELC welcomed a new colleague to the legal team this month.  Graduating in international law and international organisations from Paris I Sorbonne with a specialisation in international environmental law, Charline Gaudin is a French national with 10 years of environmental legal experience. …  

10 Jul 2015 | News story

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IUCN Independent Observer follows whale protection during offshore oil and gas mapping in Sakhalin

IUCN has seconded an Independent Observer to follow the implementation of monitoring and mitigation measures during a seismic survey that just began close to the main western gray whale feeding area near Sakhalin Island, on the Russian coast, just north of Japan. …   | Russian

09 Jul 2015 | News story

Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme, at side event 'A Global Partnership for Wetland Restoration'

Blog: The ambition to guide action for wetland conservation...outside our offices

By Stefano Barchiesi. While recognising that it's approval is a statement of commitment by Ramsar Contracting Parties, the Strategic Plan 2016-2024 is a responsibility of all sectors to acknowledge the benefits wetlands provide for water supply, energy production, food security, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. Policy and action to protect wetlands should therefore be developed in a coordinated way involving ministries of agriculture, mining, health, and infrastructure. Protecting wetlands is a shared responsibility. …  

09 Jul 2015 | News story

World Leaders' Conservation Forum held in Jeju, South Korea

First World Leaders’ Conservation Forum promotes peaceful co-existence with nature

Jeju, South Korea – The first World Leaders’ Conservation Forum held here (7-9 July) underscored the critical role of nature conservation in peace building and sustainable development. It called for bold leadership at the global and local levels to stop the devastating loss of biodiversity taking place today. …  

09 Jul 2015 | News story

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

Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia

Sinyaya area added to Russia’s Lena Pillars World Heritage site

The World Heritage listed Lena Pillars Nature Park in the Russian Federation has been increased by 9% after the World Heritage Committee followed IUCN’s recommendation to approve a change in the site’s boundaries. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story

Finger coral in shallw water, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii

Ocean life facing a corrosive future - new report

The ocean moderates human-induced global warming but at the cost of profound alterations to its physics, chemistry, ecology and ecosystems services. These are the findings of a report published today in Science by the Oceans 2015 Initiative and co-authored by IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Marine Vice Chair, Dan Laffoley. …  

02 Jul 2015 | News story

Fishermen in the Great Lakes area

World Heritage site in danger: Man and nature in Virunga National Park

Among the World Heritage sites in Danger is Virunga National Park, which has been on the endangered list for more than 20 years. Over these years, Africa’s oldest national park has faced numerous threats, including armed conflict, poaching and the discovery and exploration of oil. …  

01 Jul 2015 | News story

SOS - Save our Species, Turtle Conservancy, Palawan turtles, treatment

Turtle community unites in time to save more than 3,000 endangered Turtles

When a haul of more than 4,000 endangered turtles were confiscated from a well-organized syndicate of poachers in the Philippines in mid-June, a successful rescue story seemed unlikely. …  

30 Jun 2015 | 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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