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Swiss Solar Energy Prize 2010

The 2010 Swiss Solar Energy Prize has been awarded to the ground-breaking solar energy system created by Romande Energie and mounted on the recently inaugurated offices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   …   | French

03 Sep 2010 | International news release

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, World Heritage site in China

Working with water for better cities

Growing populations in towns and cities worldwide mean that more pressure is placed on our natural water supplies. Protecting water resources upstream must become a priority to ensure that people living in towns and cities downstream have access to clean water for their basic needs. …   | Chinese

30 Aug 2010 | International news release

Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i

World Heritage goes marine – Hawai’i and Phoenix Islands Added

Six new natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting which closed in Brasilia last night. The Committee also updated its List of World Heritage in Danger. …   | Spanish

03 Aug 2010 | International news release

La Reunion, Piton cabris, copyright IUCN Wendy Strahm

New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown

Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also decided to add Danxia (China) to the List. …  

02 Aug 2010 | International news release

Knuckles Mountain Range, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Hawai’i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List

The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawai’i were added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in Brasilia. The Committee continues its consideration of natural sites for inscription. …   | Spanish

31 Jul 2010 | International news release

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

Pitons stay off danger list but concerns remain

The Pitons Management Area in Saint Lucia will remain off the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. IUCN welcomes the decision following new information from the Saint Lucia government that a moratorium on all new and unapproved development has been approved. …  

30 Jul 2010 | International news release

Atsinanana, Andohahela, copyright Geoffroy Mauvais, IUCN

World Heritage in Danger: two natural sites listed

Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual meeting, currently taking place in Brasilia. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

30 Jul 2010 | International news release

Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos off danger list but still at risk

The World Heritage Committee decided to remove the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, despite IUCN´s recommendation to the contrary. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2010 | International news release

sand dunes in the Alashan Desert, north western China. Photo: Andrew Goudie

Deserts on the World Heritage List: Filling the gaps

Deserts are not just arid, inhospitable places, they are unique and fragile environments and surprisingly full of life. But only a few deserts are World Heritage Sites, despite them covering one third of the earth’s land surface, says IUCN. …   | Spanish

27 Jul 2010 | International news release