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Wonders of the world

The conservation of some of the world's most outstanding natural and cultural areas is under the spotlight this month as the international community gathers in Brazil to debate which areas should be designated as new World Heritage Sites.

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Marine motion

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results.

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Momentum for Mesopotamia's marshlands

Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco

Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq play an important role in the intercontinental migration of birds, and support a host of rare species. But the marshlands have been devastated by massive drainage schemes, damming and war damage.

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Fish, birds and people – a future for all

Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania

The uniqueness of Banc d'Arguin earned its classification as a World Heritage Site in 1989 but it now faces several challenges including pressures of over-fishing and pollution from the oil and gas industry.

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Saving West Africa's rainforest remnants

Chimpanzees in Taï National Park Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Curbing poaching, managing the impacts of gold mining and staving off agricultural encroachment are among the challenges facing the people who manage Côte d'Ivoire's Taï National Park World Heritage site.

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Climate and human pressures on Kilimanjaro

Snow and ice cover on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in 2000

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania is unique for its inactive volcano surrounded by forests and plains, and covered by snow.

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Thailand's Andaman aspirations

Thailand’s Andaman Sea

Thailand's Andaman Sea is many people's idea of a dream holiday location. But much work is needed to ensure that the region's unique natural and cultural features are safeguarded for future generations.

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Wonders of the world

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World Heritage

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34th session of the World Heritage Committee

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Brasilia, Brazil, 25 July - 3 August
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> World Heritage official website


IUCN's magazine

Latest issue of World Conservation magazine: Saving biodiversity - an economic approach.
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World Heritage in Danger

Conservation of natural World Heritage Properties.
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The 100 billion dollar question

Debate How would you spend US$ 100 billion on biodiversity conservation? 
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Saving chimpanzees in Africa

Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)  
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Photo credits: © Banner: Jerker Tamelander; Expert report: Tim Badman / IUCN; Marine motion: Ameer Abdulla; Momentum: Haifaa Abdulhalim; Fish: Jim Thorsell; West Africa: IUCN; Kilimanjaro: IUCN; Thailand: Naomi Wynd / IUCN; Photo gallery: Unesco; Quiz: Jerker Tamelander; World Heritage Committee: Pedro Rosabal / IUCN; Chimpanzees: IUNC; saving biodiversity: IUCN.