Eastern and Southern Africa

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Remember the rangers: 31 July is World Ranger Day

Today we celebrate World Ranger Day. We commemorate those rangers all over the world who have died in the course of their duties but also those who risk their lives every day at the forefront of conservation. While some are exposed to hazardous environmental conditions such as floods or dangerous animals, others are targeted because they stand up to poachers, drug warlords and criminals. This year alone, at least 31 were murdered, some under the most horrific circumstances. …  

31 Jul 2011 | News story

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Honorary membership of IUCN

Honorary Membership of IUCN, which recognizes outstanding services to the conservation of nature and natural resources, is presented at the World Conservation Congress to two or three individuals who have made exceptional contributions to furthering the goals of the Union. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

Harold Jefferson Coolidge

The Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal

Established eight years ago during the World Conservation Congress in Thailand, the Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal will go to a conservation professional who has made outstanding contributions to the conservation of nature and natural resources. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

John C. Phillips

John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

IUCN Member Organizations and Commission Members are invited to submit nominations for the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal. The John C. Phillips Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding service in international conservation and commemorates the life and work of Dr John C. Phillips, a pioneer of the conservation movement. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

Cape Town penguin breeding site under rehabilitation

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) – two IUCN Members – have joined the City of Cape Town and other partners in the rehabilitation of the penguin breeding site at Burghers’ Walk in Simon’s Town, South Africa. …  

28 Jul 2011 | News story
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Some of the IUCN Members during the IUCN Members’ meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

IUCN Members in Uganda muscle up for the World Conservation Congress

IUCN Members in Uganda convened a meeting last week at the Secretariat offices in Kampala to discuss and generate a roadmap for effective participation at both the Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) and the World Conservation Congress (WCC). The meeting was attended by representatives of the Member institutions and the secretariat. …  

25 Jul 2011 | News story
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Cousin Island Seychelles

Half of Seychelles Islands become protected

The Seychelles Government has announced that it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected by law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amount to 15.72 km² of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and total 45,500 hectares. Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were created, increasing the total area of protected land to 47.06%. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Top scientists rally together in fight against invasive species

A flurry of articles in influential scientific journals in recent months has questioned the urgency to address the growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The assertion is that the concern with invasive species derives from an unreasonable desire to maintain pristine ecosystems and exclude all alien species. Such criticism is, in fact, unfounded. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Minister Huvisa (in a black suit) visiting a farm in

Tanzania Minister visits climate change project sites, commends IUCN’s technical support

Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Environment), Dr Therezya Huvisa visited field projects sites for the IUCN Climate Change and Development Project (CCDP) project some weeks ago. The visit marked the end of the first phase of the CCDP project which was implemented with financial support from the government of Finland.  Minister Huvisa joined members of the Project Steering Committee to observe how the project has improved the lives of the people. …  

06 Jul 2011 | News story
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Some of the IUCN Members during the IUCN Members’ meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

IUCN Members in Kenya agree on the roadmap to the World Conservation Congress

IUCN Members in Kenya met in Nairobi on Monday this week to discuss the preparations for the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum and the World Conservation Congress. The meeting was attended by representatives from the IUCN membership, IUCN Commissions and the IUCN Secretariat. …  

05 Jul 2011 | News story
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