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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

Hippos in the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Illegal trade puts more World Heritage sites in danger

Doha, Qatar, 18 June 2014 (IUCN) – Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve has been listed as World Heritage in Danger due to unprecedented levels of illegal wildlife trade, as announced today at the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar. …  

18 Jun 2014 | International news release

Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i

Papahānaumokuākea – the Hawaiian heritage hoorah

A world away from the bustling city streets, towering skyscrapers and smoke-smothered skies of the western world, David Swatland looks out over a Hawaiian archipelago and affords a wry smile at the paradise which meets his gaze. …  

17 Jun 2014 | Article

Jacqueline Evans

How to manage a vast marine protected area in the Pacific? Interview with Jacqueline Evans, Te Ipukarea Society

In August 2012, the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna, declared what was then the world’s largest marine park, encompassing the southern half of the country’s exclusive economic zone. The declaration covers 1.065 million square kilometres – an area more than twice the size of Papua New Guinea.  …  

13 Jun 2014 | Article

Rock Islands - Palau

Natural World Heritage sites: the Pacific’s challenges

The Pacific Islands region (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) is renowned for its immense natural beauty, but is home to only seven natural World Heritage sites. What challenges are preventing more sites in the Pacific being recognised? …  

13 Jun 2014 | Article

Dickinson's Cypripedium (Cypripedium dickinsonianum) - Endangered

IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo – the mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – remains Vulnerable as its population continues to decline. …   | French | Spanish | German | Dutch

12 Jun 2014 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Nature's A-list to debate a sustainable future for the planet

Internationally recognized experts, politicians, CEOs, activists and indigenous leaders will be at the forefront of a series of public debates during the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place this November in Sydney, Australia. …   | French

05 Jun 2014 | News story

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN launches Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are now more accessible and easier to search than ever with the new IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform. The Platform, available online in English, French and Spanish, gives an opportunity to explore IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations that have shaped the global conservation agenda and the Union’s policy on important issues over the past 65 years.
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05 Jun 2014 | News story

Staghorn Corals

New technologies making it easier to protect threatened species

Human actions are driving many species to extinction 1000 times faster than their natural rate, but a new Duke University-led study finds that emerging technologies could give scientists and policymakers a more efficient way to identify the species at greatest risk and take steps to protect them before it’s too late. …  

02 Jun 2014 | News story

Ray in Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

Large marine protected areas – how can we manage them together?

The benefits, challenges and opportunities for collaboration in the management of large marine protected areas in the Pacific are the focus of discussion at a workshop being held in Suva, Fiji this week. …  

27 May 2014 | News story