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Ray in Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

Launch of Pacific regional observatory for protected areas and biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is pleased to announce the commencement of an important new partnership that will see the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as the host organization for the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region. …  

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Kilimanjaro National Park, World Heritage site, Tanzania

Capturing the essence of natural World Heritage: Q&A with Elena Osipova

 Young professional Elena Osipova, World Heritage Monitoring Officer at IUCN, talks about the World Heritage Outlook, one of IUCN’s latest and most exciting innovations. The new system provides for the first time assessments of all 228 natural World Heritage sites and their potential to maintain value over time. After launching the user-friendly worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org this summer in Doha at the 38th World Heritage Committee meeting, IUCN will present a report with global and regional results at the World Parks Congress in Sydney next November. …  

04 Sep 2014 | Interview

World Ranger Day 2014, Thailand

To rangers with love & admiration

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question is often asked of children. But how many kids answer: “I want to be a ranger"? …  

20 Aug 2014 | Article

Participantes taller nacional Colombia, proyecto Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, 2014.

Cuarto taller nacional sobre Gestión de Áreas Protegidas de la Amazonía, en Colombia

Liderado por la UICN, el 14 y 15 de agosto pasados representantes de organizaciones involucradas en la gestión de las áreas protegidas amazónicas de Colombia se reunieron en el marco del Proyecto “Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, lecciones aprendidas en áreas protegidas”. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

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Know the enemy: lessons from the labs on Galapagos

It may be a little unfair to wage war on a fly. But for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Philornis downsi, deserves it. This parasitic insect is in the unfortunate situation of being an invasive species – a relative newcomer to the Galapagos islands, and one whose own ecological niche is threatening the survival of endemic bird species. Particularly at risk are Darwin’s famed finches – especially the Critically Endangered mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates).   …  

06 Aug 2014 | News story

Swiss National Park, Switzerland

IUCN joins Switzerland to mark 100 years of its national park

Switzerland did not only celebrate its national day on 1 August 2014; it also marked the 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Park in the eastern part of the country. IUCN staff from the Global Protected Area and World Heritage Programmes made the trip from HQ to join the festivities and raise awareness of IUCN’s work on protected areas and related topics. …  

06 Aug 2014 | Article

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True Grit: life on the trail of the rosewood poachers

Marking World Ranger Day 31 July 2014, SOS – Save Our Species wishes to bring you to the frontline of conservation. Talking with Chaloaw Kotud, Enforcement Ranger Patrol Team Leader at Thap Lan National Park, Thailand we highlight the work of the unsung heroes worldwide who are charged with protecting our wild heritage.   …  

30 Jul 2014 | News story

A ranger working in Africa

The heroes who tread the thin green line

A female corpse lay motionless in a fresh pool of blood desiccating in the Zambian heat, her skull callously smashed by a machete, her body barbarically butchered and left for dead by two cold-blooded killers. …  

30 Jul 2014 | Article
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A field ranger keeps a close watch over a wild rhino to which he has been assigned in an African Game Park.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

Cross River Gorillas and Camera Traps: the value of video technology

Following the news in March 2014 about the launch of a new species action plan for the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) successfully captured a bounty of valuable camera trap video sequences from Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary (KGS), Cameroon.   …  

28 Jul 2014 | News story

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