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Children in Simien National Park, World Heritage site, Ethiopia

New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage

Sydney, Australia – Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. 

18 Nov 2014 | International news release

Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction

Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the survival of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel and Chinese Cobra, while the destruction of habitat has caused the extinction of a Malaysian mollusc and the world’s largest known earwig, and threatens the survival of many other species – according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

17 Nov 2014 | International news release

China's Huangshan Mountain World Heritage site with its travertine pools

Green is the new gold

The Green List was launched to a rousing reception at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. …   | French

15 Nov 2014 | International news release

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

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

US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and President of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong, signing a cooperative agreement to conserve the Phoenix Ocean Arc

Strengthened cooperative management for Phoenix Ocean Arc

Seascape-level conservation efforts in the Pacific have received a major boost with the signing of a cooperation arrangement between the Republic of Kiribati and the United States of America. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

New UNEP report unveils world on track to meet 2020 target for protected areas on land and sea

15.4% of terrestrial areas, 3.4% of oceans protected, but further progress needed to cover and effectively manage areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services  …   | French | Spanish

13 Nov 2014 | International news release

Lake Turkana, World Heritage site, Kenya

Positive outlook for two thirds of natural World Heritage sites, says IUCN

Sydney, Australia, 13 November 2014 (IUCN) – Over 60% of natural areas inscribed on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time, while others face critical threats such as invasive species, impact of tourism, poaching, dams and logging, according to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2014 report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.  …   | French | Spanish

13 Nov 2014 | International news release

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

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Global forum on protected areas puts nature at the heart of a sustainable future

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 opens today in Sydney …   | French | Spanish | Chinese | Dutch

12 Nov 2014 | International news release

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