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Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

Lake Sils - Switzerland

World Water Forum: From crises to opportunities

Every three years, the World Water Forum puts water into the global spotlight. This 7th edition, which started on Sunday 12 April in Daegu and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, will focus on moving from policy talk to implementation – on how to put proven solutions to water challenges into wider use by harnessing innovation, creativity and know-how on a scale that can make a difference at local to global levels. …  

13 Apr 2015 | Article

SOS, International Rhino Foundation, Indonesia

Video Sequences of Javan Rhinos from Ujung Kulon National Park

One hundred camera traps and dozens of man hours later, a recently released video shows amazing sequences featuring some of the extremely rare and rather elusive Critically Endangered Javan Rhinos of Ujung Kulon National Park. You can watch the video here. …  

11 Apr 2015 | News story

Mangrove ecosystems are valuable assets.

World Forum on Natural Capital calls for ground-breaking case studies

Organizers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, including IUCN, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit companies’ bottom line, as well as the environment. 

09 Apr 2015 | Article

Lynda Mansson, DG of MAVA, launching the IUCN World Heritage Outlook

IUCN’s work on World Heritage gets renewed support from MAVA Foundation

The MAVA Foundation and IUCN have signed an agreement to continue their partnership on World Heritage through a new phase of work to be implemented over the next four years. The new project, ‘A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage’, supports the work of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme and builds on the 2010-2014 Agenda for Nature, which made possible key advancements in World Heritage conservation. …  

08 Apr 2015 | News story

Ecotourism Management and Interpretation Training - Group Photo

Ecotourism Management and Interpretation Training for Mediterranean Protected Areas

 Ecotourism is a major trend with a growing demand for consumers for packages which offer responsible travel to natural areas, conservation of the environment, and improvement of the well-being of local people. The Mediterranean area is one of the most interesting regions in the world in terms of ecotourism potential. The high diversity of landscapes and ecosystems together with the unique socio-economic and cultural mosaic provide suitable conditions for the development of ecotourism. …  

05 Apr 2015 | Article

Mekong Basin

Fresh approach to water solutions in Lao

Communities living near the Mekong River depend on fishing for food and income, but many fish species are in decline. To improve conditions FISHBIO, and its Conservation Director Harmony Patricio, have evaluated the effectiveness of existing Freshwater Protected Areas (FPAs) in the Mekong River Basin of Lao PDR by training locals in data collection.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

Punta del Este (hosting Ramsar Convention 2015)

Wetlands spotlight shines on Uruguayan paradise

The spotlight will shine on Uruguay's spectacular Bañados del Este y Franja Costera wetland when it hosts the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12) in Punta del Este between 1-9 June. …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

Dr Ania Grobicki

Ramsar's star rising with new appointment

IUCN's Global Protected Areas caught up with the newly appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Dr Ania Grobicki to learn more about her new role, the forthcoming Ramsar COP12 convention in Uruguay and her spectacular office view in Gland, Switzerland.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

Aletsch glacier, Switzerland

Switzerland’s commitment to World Heritage gets stronger

A ceremony was held by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO on March 23 to celebrate the signing of the Swiss Charter on World Heritage. Designed as a voluntary instrument of commitment, the charter aims to strengthen World Heritage in Switzerland and promote its values. …  

24 Mar 2015 | News story

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