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Socotra Archipelago, Yemen, after being hit by two cyclones in November 2015

Photo gallery: Cyclones hit Yemen’s remote Socotra Archipelago

Last November, Yemen’s World Heritage-listed Socotra Archipelago was hit by two rare cyclones within eight days, with drastic effects on the local population as well as its land and marine ecosystems. An expert on the ground was able to document the damage in the World Heritage site during and immediately after these extreme weather events for IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

21 Apr 2016 | Article

13A-060-006, Cocoa truck hidding ivory tusk, Djoum, Cameroon, (C) Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our SPecies,

Exposing illegal trade in elephant tusks

Following a seizure of ivory, a suspected illegal trader has been sentenced to imprisonment. Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, explains how ZSL helped expose the crime.   …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Concerns over scale of threats to natural World Heritage confirmed by new report

Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by industrial activities, according to a new report drawing heavily on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Heritage Outlook. …  

06 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-050-018 Ant-poaching banner being shown at football cup,  (c) WCS@PFCI, SOS Save Our Species, Okapi, Elephant, Ituri forest

The future of Ituri Forest's Elephants

"It is up to you the youth of Mambasa. The future of the elephants is in your hands!” Throwing down his challenge to the next generation, the Administrator of the Mambasa Territory in the Ituri Forest of Democratic Republic of Congo was marking the area’s first ever World Elephant Day (2015).   …  

31 Mar 2016 | News story

Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia

Photo gallery: IUCN World Heritage mission to Tasmanian Wilderness

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has carried out a recent mission to Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia, to assess the state of conservation of the World Heritage site. The mission report is now available. Discover this exceptional site through beautiful photographs from our mission expert! …  

24 Mar 2016 | Article

Women harvesting rice, Vietnam

World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'

By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation.   …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2016 | News story
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Map of natural sites around Ba Kamint community, adjacent to Pang Sida National Park

Nature trails for conservation: Identifying natural assets at Thai World Heritage Site

The natural environment plays an important role for communities living around protected areas. In addition to being essential for livelihoods, nature also has the potential of being developed for nature or community-based tourism. …  

21 Mar 2016 | Article

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Ecosystems for Life

Could conservation become a new investment asset class?

 A new IUCN-backed report released yesterday identifies three new investment structures that could help catalyse finance to meet the world’s pressing environmental challenges and sustainable growth goals. …  

21 Jan 2016 | Article

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