Protected Areas

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen and Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

IUCN and WWF announce new partnership to expand and strengthen protected areas

IUCN and WWF have joined forces to enhance and promote the role of protected and conserved areas in achieving sustainable development over the next ten years. …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

MEET stand at the London World Travel Market

Ecotourism in Mediterranean Protected Areas promoted at the World Travel Market

The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project was exhibited their catalogue of 12 ecotourism packages at the London World Travel Market (WTM) held on 2-5 November at Excel London. WTM is the leading global event for the travel industry, attracting over 50,000 travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press. …  

12 Nov 2015 | 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

SOS Save Our Species, SOS Lemurs,

SOS – Save Our Species announces first nine projects under special initiative 'SOS Lemurs'

Today is World Lemur Day, when we celebrate both the uniqueness and diversity of Madagascar’s lemurs - the world’s most threatened group of mammals. Today, however, with the announcement of the first nine new lemur conservation projects by SOS - Save Our Species, the future is looking that little bit brighter for these charismatic primates and the communities who depend on their survival.   …  

30 Oct 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

2013A-062, World Parrot Trust, SOS Save Our Species, Timneh Parrot

Major trafficker of African parrots arrested and 89 threatened Timneh parrots seized

On the 18th September, after months of painstaking investigations, a major trafficker of African wild parrots and other birds was arrested in Dakar, Senegal. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa

Launch of IUCN Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Modules

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world. …  

18 Sep 2015 | News story

Marilize van der Walt, South African Wildlife College, presenting her findings at the BIOPAMA training of trainers programme on negotiation skills, February 2015

South African Wildlife College-BIOPAMA collaboration benefits protected area and conservation staff

The South African Wildlife College (SAWC) is a unique and dynamic college that is synonymous with conservation education, training and skills development. The college targets protected area practitioners of all kinds to ensure that they are well equipped for the ever changing challenges in this field. Acknowledging the link between protected areas and natural resource management, the college takes a holistic approach which considers community relations, conflict resolution, project planning, and financial control. Following training offered by BIOPAMA in Eastern and Southern Africa, the College is adding negotiation skills training into their capacity development offer. …   | French

16 Sep 2015 | News story

Participants to the training in their first field visit to the Coral Harbour area in New Providence, the Bahamas

Protected area data management trainings announced for the Caribbean

The Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme is announcing a series of technical workshops in the Caribbean aimed at equipping protected areas management professionals with the tools and skills to contribute in a meaningful way to the database of The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (The Caribbean Gateway). …   | French

09 Sep 2015 | News story

Grizzly Bear, Banff National Park, Canada

World Heritage status for wilderness helps respond to climate change

Nature experts, including several IUCN specialists, are calling for a new approach to conserving wilderness areas under the World Heritage Convention in a paper published today in Conservation Letters. Inscribing wilderness sites on the World Heritage List and improving their connectivity would help respond to climate change and biodiversity loss, according to the article. …  

09 Sep 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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