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IUCN field visited to Pang Sida National Park, Thailand

Moving Towards Community Engagement in Pang Sida National Park

Pang Sida National Park covers the area of Amphur Muang of Sa Kaew Province, Wattana Nakorn and Amphur Na Dee of Prachinburi Province in Thailand. These regions consist of fertile forests and invaluable natural resources. Designated a national park in 1982, it is about 594 sq. km. The landscape consists of high mountains; the area is fertile and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. This region also is a part of the landscape that constitutes the upper watershed of the Bang Pakong river basin.   …

17 Jul 2013 | Article

Inspection of Nyika National Park, Malawi

The State of World Heritage explained

Find out about IUCN's upcoming initiative, the State of World Heritage, which will introduce proactive monitoring for all natural and mixed World Heritage Sites. You can get involved by taking part in the consultation process. …

11 Jul 2013 | Project description

Tajikistan, Muzkol Range

222 Natural World Heritage sites to protect

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 June, 2013 (IUCN) – From vast deserts in Namibia and Mexico to high mountain ranges in China and Tajikistan and Mount Etna in Italy, five exceptional natural areas were added to the World Heritiage List, following IUCN’s recommendations. This brings the total number of natural places demanding the highest levels of international protection to 222. Tajik National Park is the first natural World Heritage Site in Tajikistan, and covers almost one fifth of the country. … | Dutch

27 Jun 2013 | International news release

Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration

Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest could lead to irreversible damages and ultimately the removal of the site from the World Heritage List. …

24 Jun 2013 | News story

IUCN launched a terrestrial biodiversity World Heritage gaps study

Global natural World Heritage coverage — the gaps identified

A new IUCN report identifies ‘gaps’ in the World Heritage List. The study also represents the first global effort to identify the most irreplaceable sites of outstanding biodiversity values for species conservation that may merit inscription on the prestigious list. …

22 Jun 2013 | Article

Namibia, Namib Sand Sea

Five natural wonders declared World Heritage

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico have been declared World Heritage sites, following expert recommendations of IUCN. …

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Mexico, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

Mexico’s Pinacate desert wins World Heritage status

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- The extraordinary landscape of El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico with its sweeping dunes, huge volcanic craters and rich cultural heritage is the latest site to achieve World Heritage Status.  … | Spanish

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Mount Etna

Iconic Mount Etna gains World Heritage status

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) - One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Italy’s Mount Etna has been named a World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Committee meeting currently taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following IUCN’s recommendation. …

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Head of Vanj River, Tajik National Park

Tajikistan gets its first natural World Heritage Site

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- Tajik National Park became Tajikistan’s first natural World Heritage site. The decision was taken today by the World Heritage Committee, following the expert recommendation of IUCN. …

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Tianshan mountains in China become World Heritage Site

Tianshan mountains in China become World Heritage Site

Following IUCN’s recommendation, the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain range in China was declared a natural World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Committee meeting currently taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. … | Chinese

21 Jun 2013 | International news release


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