Islands Rock Cliffs Cloud Ogasawara Protected areas

Connecting Asia's protected areas to the world

Around 500 participants from Asia and beyond gathered in Sendai city, Japan, 13 to 17 November to address the challenges facing Asia’s protected areas - national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves and so on - and to chart a course for their future.

The event showed how important protected areas are to addressing global challenges including climate change, biodiversity loss, sustainable development, and reducing the risk of disasters.

Read more about the Congress.

    News and features


    Tiger in Ranthambore National Park in India

    IUCN Green List boosts partnership with a new tiger conservation initiative at the Asia Parks Congress

    In a move that will better connect protected areas management and tiger conservation, IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative signed a mutual cooperation agreement on the development of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas today at the 1st Asia Parks Congress in Sendai, Japan. …  

    15 Nov 2013 | International news release

    Myanmar: From water to mountains

    Myanmar seeks global standards to conserve its natural heritage

    Myanmar is renewing efforts to implement the World Heritage Convention. As the country opens up to international conservation processes, IUCN is providing expertise to help identify potential natural heritage sites. …  

    15 Nov 2013 | Article

    Jodogohama rocky fishing spot, Sanriku Fukko National Park Japan

    New park rises from the ashes of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami

    As the Asia Parks Congress sets to open in Sendai, Japan, a new national park in the region devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is seeding hope for local communities. …  

    06 Nov 2013 | Article

    Forest at Dayangshan

    Protecting infrastructure and communities in China, naturally

    While many communities instinctively use ecosystems such as forests, coral reefs and mangroves to protect themselves against natural hazards, others are suffering because environmental degradation has taken these ecosystem services away and left them exposed. 

    07 Nov 2013 | Article

    Boat stranded on land after the Japanese tsunami

    Japan’s coastal forests – a safety blanket

    Since the 17th century, Japan’s coastal forests have been managed to protect coastal communities and infrastructure from extreme weather and salt damage. These forests are also of great importance to the cultural heritage and identity of the communities they protect. …  

    06 Nov 2013 | Article

    Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

    A Waterfall Kingdom at the End of the Earth

    Shiretoko National Park, Japan …  

    24 Oct 2013 | Fact sheet

    Przewalski Horse in Hustai National Park, Mongolia

    The world’s last wild horses have returned home

    Hustai National Park, Mongolia …  

    07 Feb 2013 | Fact sheet

    Profiles of Asia's special places
    • Ogasawara Islands

      Ogasawara Islands

      Photo: IUCN Naomi Doak

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