World Heritage

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

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

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 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

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

TABE'A II Report

New IUCN report tracks conservation in the Arab region’s natural World Heritage sites

TABE’A II, a report tracking the conservation status of natural World Heritage sites in the Arab region, has been launched at the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany. This is an update of the 2011 TABE’A report, which provided pilot assessments for the recent IUCN World Heritage Outlook. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia

Sinyaya area added to Russia’s Lena Pillars World Heritage site

The World Heritage listed Lena Pillars Nature Park in the Russian Federation has been increased by 9% after the World Heritage Committee followed IUCN’s recommendation to approve a change in the site’s boundaries. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story

Fishermen in the Great Lakes area

World Heritage site in danger: Man and nature in Virunga National Park

Among the World Heritage sites in Danger is Virunga National Park, which has been on the endangered list for more than 20 years. Over these years, Africa’s oldest national park has faced numerous threats, including armed conflict, poaching and the discovery and exploration of oil. …  

01 Jul 2015 | News story

Seongsan Ilchulbong peak in Jeju, Republic of Korea

A step forward for the most recognised areas on the planet

Imagine you were awarded an Olympic medal for your athletic performance, a Michelin star for your cooking skills and the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal for your conservation work, would you be able to keep all three skills up to the highest standard? Now imagine a natural area that is partly listed as a World Heritage site overlapping with a Biosphere Reserve, contains four Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, all of which are incorporated into a wider Geopark – is it possible for all four international designations to be harmoniously managed? …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Dama Gazelle Nanger dama (CR) in the Manga, Chad

West and Central Africa’s wildlife in trouble, shows new IUCN report

A new IUCN report released today evaluates the state of West and Central Africa’s terrestrial and freshwater fauna and highlights the inadequacy of responses to rapid wildlife decline in the region. Improved legislation and much more effective protection is urgently required to meet international targets for protected areas and halting biodiversity loss. …   | French

12 Jun 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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