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Training on Stakeholder Engagement - Working Groups

Stakeholder Engagement Helps to Drive Long-term Sustainability

The International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) approach in the stakeholder engagement is to apply process which involves governmental and non-governmental institutions, who may be affected by World Heritage site declaration or can influence the implementation of the declaration. …  

03 Feb 2015 | Article

Yuraygir National Park, Australia

World’s governments are failing on protected areas for nature

A new study has found that while governments are making progress in expanding Protected Area networks, these are failing to provide adequate coverage for nature. …  

03 Feb 2015 | News story

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | Article

Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Closing ceremony - IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A promise made for the future of World Heritage

The aspirations for World Heritage laid out in the World Parks Congress’s ‘Promise of Sydney’ place World Heritage sites as crucial drivers of change, and models of excellence to show how protected areas can succeed as inspiring solutions for nature and people. …  

19 Jan 2015 | Article

Mount Huangshan, World Heritage site, China

Mount Huangshan: first World Heritage site on the IUCN Green List

China’s Mount Huangshan was the first World Heritage site to achieve the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Standard, based on conservation excellence recognised in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook. …  

16 Jan 2015 | Article

Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article

Prof Klaus Töpfer

Will Germany put natural World Heritage in the limelight in 2015? Face to face with Klaus Töpfer

As Germany’s four-year mandate as member of the World Heritage Committee enters its final stage in 2015 – and with the next Committee meeting being held in Bonn in June – we catch up with Klaus Töpfer, a leading figure in national and global environmental policy. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Interview

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans