World Heritage

Taholo Kami (IUCN), Aunofo Havea (Tonga), Hoturoa Kerr (New Zealand), Farri Bruun (Samoa) and Peia Patai (Cook Islands) after signing the memorandums of understanding.

Fleet growing for ‘Mua’ – the sailing voyage to World Parks Congress 2014

More Pacific Island countries are climbing aboard the ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ voyage to help convey the ‘one Pacific voice’ to the world, with the number of traditional voyaging canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 rapidly growing into a fleet. …  

17 Jul 2014 | News story

People and bees

Call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES

IPBES has issued a call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) for the three-year term 2015–2017, replacing the current interim MEP. The MEP is an important body as it is responsible for overseeing the scientific and technical development and implementation of the IPBES work programme. …   | French | Spanish

16 Jul 2014 | News story

Okavango aerial view

Natural World Heritage reaches 228 sites, including 19 ‘in danger’

Delegates from over 100 governments met last month in Doha during the 38th World Heritage Committee meeting to take decisions on new and existing World Heritage sites. As usual, IUCN experts were there to give advice on natural World Heritage and the action needed to assure its conservation. The outcomes of the meeting are now available online in English and French. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Vaquita

International Day of the Vaquita

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large and extremely rich body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. Spreading over more than 1,130km of coast and reaching a surface area of 160,000km2, the Gulf of California is listed as one of the 66 Large Marine Ecosystems of the world. Its unique location accounts for some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth, where blue lagoons meet the desert sand. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Bale Mountains National Park

Developing negotiation skills to support protected areas decision making in Eastern and Southern Africa

One of the key focuses of the BIOPAMA programme (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) in the Eastern and Southern Africa region is the cross-sectoral engagement for integrated sustainable planning. In order to address the growing threat of land and resource use conflict around protected areas, BIOPAMA supports dialogue processes at various levels that aim to develop sustainable solutions to specific conflict situations, particularly with sectors and stakeholders active at the interface of protected areas, including extractive industries, agriculture, infrastructure development, and fisheries. …  

09 Jul 2014 | News story

Rainbow parrotfish grazing in the Caribbean

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

2012A-45-05, Unité de protection des rhinocéros et Bill Konstant,, IRF, SOS, Bill Konstant, Rhinocéros

Des rhinocéros bien cachés

À l’instar du saola, animal quasi mythique, le rhinocéros de Java (Rhinoceros sondaicus) en danger critique d’extinction est rarement aperçu. Cela ne décourage pas pour autant les 16 membres des quatre unités de protection des rhinocéros (UPR). Parcourant chaque année des centaines de kilomètres à pied dans la densité de la jungle du Parc national d’Ujung Kulon (PNUK), ces équipes parviennent avec succès à protéger cet animal unique contre les braconniers. Pas un seul n’a été tué au cours de ce siècle. Bill Konstant, de l’IRF (Fondation internationale de protection du rhinocéros), et bénéficiaire de SOS, relate à quel point ces animaux sont difficiles à apercevoir.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

2012A-45-05, Bill K and UKNP RPUs 071012 Inov 267, SOS Save Our Species,

Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen

Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), however. Trekking hundreds of kilometers through the dense jungle of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) each year, these teams are successfully protecting this unique creature from poachers – not one has been killed this century. SOS grantee, the International Rhino Foundation’s (IRF) Bill Konstant details just how elusive these creatures are.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, World Heritage site

Time to focus on the success of natural World Heritage, says IUCN

A new assessment by IUCN reveals for the first time the good conservation performance of natural World Heritage sites. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides unique insight into how the world’s natural sites can be preserved over time. …  

17 Jun 2014 | 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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