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Convention on Biological Diversity

Viet Nam ratifies the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 1 May 2014 – With four new ratifications in the last week, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has received 66% of the necessary ratifications, with only 17 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Ratifications by Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Vietnam bring to 33 the total number of ratifications to the ground-breaking treaty under the umbrella of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

IUCN provided the technical assistance to the Government of Viet Nam to revise its National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBSAP), one of the recommendations in which was to ratify the Nagoya Protocol. 

02 May 2014 | Article

Okavango Delta, Botswana

IUCN 2014 World Heritage recommendations now available

IUCN’s evaluations of 10 sites nominated to obtain World Heritage status are now public ahead of the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting. In addition, the first batch of State of Conservation reports, prepared jointly by IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, has been released.  …   | French | Spanish

02 May 2014 | Article

Virunga The Movie

Virunga documentary premieres in New York

Virunga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s oldest and richest national park. A feature length documentary film about the beauty and the struggles of Virunga National Park had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th. …  

18 Apr 2014 | News story

Observers are trained in photography and video

Enanga showcases community testimonies on oil and other resources

We are pleased to announce the launch of Enanga, an online platform sharing photo and video testimonies from across Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda on the problems and promises of natural resources. Enanga (www.enanga.org) combines community perspectives captured in photo and video documentaries with expert analysis to foster accountable and participative natural resource management solutions. …   | Dutch

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

IUCN condemns attack on Virunga’s Chief Warden

IUCN is deeply shocked by the news of the violent attack on Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode, which took place yesterday. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

Director Virunga National Park shot

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, was shot on Tuesday in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. He is in serious but stable condition. No further details are available on the attack at the present time. …   | Dutch

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Grasberg mine (before 2000) adjacent to Lorentz National Park, World Heritage site in Indonesia

Financial giant HSBC commits to further protecting World Heritage sites

HSBC has issued a new policy on World Heritage sites and Ramsar Wetlands, strengthening its commitment not to provide financial support to projects that can threaten these exceptional areas. …  

14 Apr 2014 | News story

amphibian bar

Clear win for species in World Heritage sites

If I tell you World Heritage, what do you see? The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, Vatican City? World Heritage is often associated with cultural heritage. However, the prestigious World Heritage List contains 193 natural sites, and 29 mixed cultural and natural sites. Wait – did you just think of the Galapagos and Ha Long Bay? …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

World’s Rarest Gorilla Gets New Roadmap for Survival

In spite of the continued threats of poaching and habitat destruction, future prospects for the world’s rarest gorilla - the Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla dielhi) - have improved but are still dependent on continued local and international partnerships, according to a new action plan published by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and produced in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service - both IUCN members, as well as the North Carolina Zoo, and other organisations.   …  

26 Mar 2014 | News story

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release


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