News and events

Bau Sau Lake, Cat Tien National Park, Viet Nam

Two dams stopped after IUCN advises against World Heritage nomination

Viet Nam has dropped plans for two proposed hydropower plants that would have affected a protected area, which has been on the tentative list for possible World Heritage nomination since 2006. …

09 Oct 2013 | News story

Wave

Latest review of science reveals ocean in critical state

An international panel of marine scientists, including IUCN experts, is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought. … | Dutch

03 Oct 2013 | News story

The Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati

$5 million for the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Currently the largest marine protected area in the Pacific Ocean, Phoenix Islands Protected Area has received a $5-million investment to support its long-term viability and management. …

02 Oct 2013 | Article

The sad part about Tanya's work is that sometimes her team has to deal with retaliatory killings of snow leopards. In this case they convinced the farmer not to sell the skin and parts and hand them over to the authorities. The team is now also working with him and his neighbours to better protect their livestock.

Calling for wild cat conservation from the roof of the world

Working in what is dubbed the ‘roof of the world,’ Tanya Rosen is a passionate voice for the conservation of wild cats — snow leopards in particular. …

11 Sep 2013 | Article

Villagers participate in identifying natural and cultural attractions within the village

IUCN-DNP collaboration for community involvement in Pang Sida National Park

From 11-16 August, tree-planting was carried out by communities living near Pang Sida National Park. Around 4,000 high-value timber tree species were sown on farmland. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), IUCN, and 40 farmers from Bang Thankrabak and Bang Klong Nam Kheaw villages in Sakao Province participated in the event. The tree-planting aimed to cement a long-lasting relationship between the villages and the local conservation body; the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE). The objectives of DNP-IUCN collaboration are to improve management of protected areas, prevent illegal Siamese Rosewood logging, and to provide solutions for animal-grazing in the forest conservation zone. …

03 Sep 2013 | Article

EWt, SOS, dugongs

Activists Swim for Dugongs

Picture this. On August 22, 2013, a group of eleven friends will swim 5 kilometres across a lake from France to Switzerland. This not any ordinary swim, this is the IUCN Big Swim across lac Leman! You can support the Big Swim by donating via the following link to the SOS project page: http://bit.ly/1epxCf3  Every little helps and is much appreciated.     …

21 Aug 2013 | News story

World Ranger Day at Pangsida National park, Thailand

Thailand observes its first World Ranger Day

The vulnerability and threats faced by forest rangers everyday are given due acknowledgment on World Ranger Day, held annually on July 31. For the first time, World Ranger Day was observed in Thailand at Pang Sida National Park that is one of the five constituents of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chaired by Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; the event was held by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), the Freeland Foundation, and IUCN. …

16 Aug 2013 | Article

Sydney Harbor National Park

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website goes live

Another step in promoting inspiring solutions for today’s conservation and development challenges has been taken with the launch of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website. …

11 Aug 2013 | News story

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates World Ranger Day, as Prince William salutes park rangers’ “brave and tireless work”

Today, we celebrate the outstanding efforts of park rangers around the globe on the occasion of World Ranger Day. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, nature’s most inspiring places stand a chance in the face of menacing threats, such as illegal poaching or forest clearing. …

31 Jul 2013 | News story

37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, Phnom Penh, June 2013

World Heritage Committee outcomes steer nature conservation

Decisions of the 37th World Heritage Committee, made under IUCN's recommendations, are now available online. These help to identify necessary action to tackle critical threats to the conservation of Earth's most precious places. … | French | Spanish

30 Jul 2013 | Article


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