West and Central Africa

Network of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

New agreement signed to boost marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) signed a new memorandum of understanding today, with the aim of enhancing coordination in scientific research related to ecosystems services, sustainable development and reduction of poverty in the region.  …   | French | Spanish

18 Nov 2014 | News story

Nick Cox, BIOPAMA Programme Manager, at the launch of the Protected Area Governance and Management Book

The world of protected areas in one book

Capacity development is a key BIOPAMA contribution being highlighted at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014,  and the Protected Area Governance and Management Book is one of the concrete outputs of the BIOPAMA support for protected areas capacity development. …  

17 Nov 2014 | News story

Rapeseed (a biofuel crop)

IUCN report says jury still out on biofuels, calls for more research on biodiversity impacts

Sydney, Australia, 15 November 2014 (IUCN) – Food security, land grabs and human rights abuses are just some of the harmful impacts identified with the production of biofuels at a global scale, according to a new IUCN report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Behind the frontlines: Interagency cooperation supporting rangers' work in Thailand

Updating SOS on project developments from an emergency funding grant for work in Thap Lan National Park, Thailand, Eric Ash of Freeland Foundation, an IUCN Member, is succinct. “While it is critical to support front-line rangers and other park-based stakeholders first and foremost, reducing rosewood poaching requires considerable enforcement efforts at all levels, from the forest, through trafficking routes, and in end-markets” he explains. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

Cérémonie d'ouverture

Le congrès Mondial des Parcs de l’UICN, une cérémonie d’ouverture exceptionnelle

Sydney, Australie, 12 novembre 2014, 17h –plus de 5.000 participants venant de plus de 160 pays y compris des chefs d'Etat, des gardes forestiers, des cadres commerciaux, des acteurs de la conservation et des chefs indigènes, se sont retrouvés ce jour dans la salle « Jamison  Room » de l’Olympic Park statdium de Sydney. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

Coral reef survey

'Game-changing visual record' of Great Barrier Reef published

IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, November 14 2014 - The Catlin Seaview Survey, in which IUCN is a partner, announced today that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story

The Marumaru Atua arriving on the Gold Coast, Australia, as part of the Mua Voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Championing Ocean Issues at the Sydney World Park’s Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature will is holding its once in a decade World Parks Congress beginning November 12th. This year’s congregation of non-profits, private interests and agencies, all working on protected areas across the globe, will be unique for two important reasons. The event will have a much larger ocean focus than ever before, featuring over 250 ocean-related sessions joined together under a Marine Theme, and the Congress will be using technologies for ocean outreach and collaboration that are thoroughly new to the IUCN’s events. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

13A-060-002A, Garth Cripps, SOS Save Our Species, ZSL, Forest Elephant

Major ivory haul seized in Cameroon

A haul of ivory worth more than $190,000 has been seized in Cameroon, one of the largest single seizures made in the country.   …  

13 Nov 2014 | News story

The Mua Voyage vaka canoes about to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans

The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau have called on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection, after sailing into Sydney Harbour aboard traditional voyaging canoes that have travelled more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands. …  

12 Nov 2014 | News story

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