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West Ship Island, Florida

Ecosystems key to protection from hurricanes

A study conducted in the United States following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has concluded that natural landscapes can contribute greatly to reducing disaster risk from storms if they are well managed. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam beauty spot learns to tame the beast

As the Vietnamese city of Hoi An boldly declared its vision to become an eco-city by 2030, locals - who have long feared for the future of nearby Cham Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA) - breathed a huge sigh of relief secure in the knowledge that every effort would be made to preserve this paradise which has been threatened by overfishing, climate change and extreme weather for many years. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Lake District

Protected areas left short-changed by governments

A study, which revealed the most visited protected areas in the world are in the United States and the United Kingdom, has shown that global protected areas generate over US$600 billion each year while only 2% of this figure is reinvested in the safeguarding of their future. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Journalists filming in Ha Long Bay

Public-Private Partnerships for environmental protection: role of the media

Quang Ninh is one of Vietnam’s most environmentally notable and richest provinces. Home to the famous Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site, the area welcomes thousands of visitors each day. With growing environmental impact from mass tourism and surrounding industries, however, the need for cooperation between the private and public sectors is increasingly apparent. …  

27 Feb 2015 | Article
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Manta Rays in the Maldives

Getting #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime

What do camels use to hide themselves? Camelflauge of course! If you search the Internet for wildlife jokes, you will find many – some good, some not so good. But you will find them. …  

26 Feb 2015 | News story

Indigenous trackers in Namibia

Traditional knowledge certified for wildlife conservation

Namibia's Bwabwata National Park leaders have launched an innovative programme to assess and certify skills and competencies of Indigenous park trackers of the Khwe ethnic group.  …  

25 Feb 2015 | Article

Alvaro Ugalde

Costa Rica salutes 'father figure' of protected areas

A sense of sadness swept through the national parks of Costa Rica this week with the passing of 'conservation crusader' Álvaro Ugalde who had long been considered the father of Costa Rica’s world-famous national park system. …   | Spanish

25 Feb 2015 | Article

Aboriginal 3D Mapping  - Luvuyo Mandela

Indigenous elders map out the future

A unique participatory method of mapping Rainforest Aboriginal knowledge, which has helped reconnect Indigenous communities throughout Australia, captured the imagination of delegates at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 (WPC) in Sydney.  …  

24 Feb 2015 | Article

Experts in the first Test Round of Ecotourism. Tyre Coast Reserve (Lebanon).

Call for participants - Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism, April-June 2015

The MEET project is finally launching the second round of MEET ecotourism packages test tours! Would you like to participate between April and June 2015? Come and test up to 14 ecotourism packages in Mediterranean Protected Areas!  …  

23 Feb 2015 | Event

Dr. Earle visiting the local school on Ascension Island

Mounting pressure for marine protection

IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world. …  

20 Feb 2015 | News story

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