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Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Nov 2013 | News story

WPC Logo square

Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), the landmark global forum on protected areas held every 10 years. The event takes place in Sydney, Australia 12-19 November 2014, with the theme 'Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions' designed to help deliver IUCN’s three priority areas of IUCN's work programme. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story

Green light = Go

IPBES preparing to give the green light

"The remarkable speed of IPBES work is the result of a momentum that took long time to create. Many countries have pledged resources, the major scientific networks have offered collaboration, and much of the academic community has welcomed the new process. The landscape is therefore very favourable for IPBES, which now needs to demonstrate its ability to achieve quick results," writes Pierre Commenville of IUCN in the journal Environmental Policy and Law. 

13 Nov 2013 | News story

Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro

Sustainable tomorrow for Skadar Lake

IUCN SEE has initiated the implementation of a 3 year long project "Supporting the Long-Term Sustainable Management of Transboundary Lake Skadar", in partnership with the Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania (INCA) and Green Home of Montenegro. Improving practices and capacity for the management of protected areas, the project intends to foster the effective management of biodiversity of Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro. …  

12 Nov 2013 | News story
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Countdown to COP19: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions [video]

In our 'Countdown to COP19' we look back at videos that contribute solutions to climate change challenges. Here we focus on a video on water infrastructure solutions for the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus. …  

08 Nov 2013 | News story

Ogasawara Islands

World’s fastest-growing region to host its first congress on protected areas

The 1st Asia Parks Congress, taking place 13 to 17 November in Japan, will propose new action to address the challenges facing protected areas in one of the world's fastest-growing regions. …  

08 Nov 2013 | News story

Los Glaciales National Park, Argentina

Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Floating Houses in Cambodia

IPBES housewarming for global nature conservation

The new house of IPBES - built to link science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services - opens its doors to the scientific body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), moving a leap closer to the achievement of the global nature conservation targets 2011-2020. …  

05 Nov 2013 | News story

Stefano Barchiesi, IUCN Water Project Officer

Blog: Learning and sharing at the 7th GEF International Waters Conference

Blog by Stefano Barchiesi. As participants of the 7th GEF International Waters Conference started arriving in Barbados for the 4-day event, I got a better feeling of why we had been asked to support the pre-conference technical workshop on the economics of ecosystems. …  

04 Nov 2013 | News story

Ocean, our planet's 'blue heart'

No time to lose for our planet’s “blue heart”

A strong commitment to conserve and sustainably manage the ocean, including areas beyond national jurisdiction, was among the outcomes of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, whose ministerial segment closed yesterday in Ajaccio, Corsica. …  

28 Oct 2013 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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