West and Central Africa

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

WPC Logo square

Gearing up for the World Parks Congress

The IUCN World Parks Congress, taking place 12-19 November, is an event held once a decade to engage the international community and set the global policy agenda for protected areas and other area-based conservation.  …  

11 Nov 2014 | News story

Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird

IUCN welcomes 17 new Members

The IUCN Council has admitted 17 new Members to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2014 | News story

SOS, International Rhino Foundation, Indonesia

SOS at World Parks Congress, Sydney 2014

SOS - Save Our Species is participating at two events during the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, on 15 and 17 November respectively.  …  

10 Nov 2014 | News story

Interview d'un habitant de Sabcé lors de la visite à la mine

Lancement du Réseau des radios d’Afrique de l’Ouest pour l’environnement

Le réseau des radios d’Afrique de l’Ouest pour l’environnement (RERAO) a démarré officiellement ses activités au cours d’un atelier de lancement, organisé par l’UICN, le WWF et le RAMPAO, qui s’est tenu à Dakar du 28 au 31 octobre 2014. …  

07 Nov 2014 | News story

Rock Islands - Palau

BIOPAMA: Preparing for the protected areas event of the decade

More than 5000 people interested in conservation and protected areas will converge in Sydney, Australia, for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 (WPC). BIOPAMA is closely involved in several sessions and events during the WPC, in particular related to capacity development, information management, and data analysis for decision-making, as well as the Leaders’ Dialogues. …  

28 Oct 2014 | News story

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