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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

IUCN Director General takes part in the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos.

IUCN’s new Director General engages global leaders in Davos

As one of her first acts, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. …  

03 Feb 2015 | News story

MPA Symposium - IUCN ROWA Speech

Towards A Regional Strategy for Marine Protected Areas in the Arab World

“The Arab World Marine Protected Area (MPA) Symposium gave the experts in the Arab World the chance to exchange their experiences, highlight problems and gaps in the environmental sector in the Arab Region and suggest solutions for them. It reveals the importance of finding a structure that provides a technical and financial support to the MPAs in the Arab World” Dr. Waheed Salameh, the Head of Protected Areas Directorate in Nature Conservation Sector in Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in Egypt said. …  

03 Feb 2015 | Article

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