Protected Areas

Dr Gabor Soos, Head of Department of International Cooperation, Hungarian National Office of Cultural Heritage.

World Heritage - Hungarian style

The World Heritage Committee may make decisions that enter international law. But what impact do these decisions have on the ground? It's important for World Heritage to enter national law as well, and that's just what the Hungarians have been doing. …  

24 Jun 2011 | News story

Nina Treu of Go4BioDiv

Go4BioDiv Exhibition hits World Heritage

The International Youth Forum “Go4BioDiv”, an IUCN partner, provides young adults from natural World Heritage Sites with a forum and a political platform for issues that concern them. Held at the UN Biodiversity Summit in Japan last year, the organizers are now in Paris for the World Heritage Committee along with their travelling exhibition. …  

23 Jun 2011 | News story

Fauna and Flora International's Tony Whitton

Working with Sumatra to restore natural wonders

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia, is now on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. IUCN Member, Fauna and Flora International, will be among the groups working with local authorities to address the issues raised and bring this site back to its full potential. …  

23 Jun 2011 | News story

Helen Byron, Bird Life International and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Don't forget the birds at World Heritage

IUCN is happy to welcome a number of its Members in to its delegation at the World Heritage Committee in Paris, including Bird Life International. Helen Byron is an International Site Casework Officer with Bird Life International and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. …  

22 Jun 2011 | News story

Allen backpacking in Zion National Park in the Western U.S.

Back to basics in Paris

The World Heritage Committee in Paris is refocusing its attention on the technical reality of the site reports carried out by IUCN, according to Allen Putney, Deputy Chairman of the World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

22 Jun 2011 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

A Leopard Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Great Barrier Reef

Keep World Heritage standards high

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee opens its annual meeting in Paris today. The Committee will announce the new remarkable natural and cultural areas that have made it to the list of World Heritage Sites. A total of 42 sites are considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jun 2011 | News story

Dja Reserve, Cameroon

Staving off the threats to Cameroon’s natural riches

The Dja Reserve in Cameroon is home to some of the largest and best protected rainforest tracts in Africa, with 90% of its area intact. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1987, largely for the diversity of species found there but now faces several challenges, not least from mining. …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Participants see board "Say No to Plastic Bag" at Cu Lao Cham MPA Communications Center.

Vietnam’s MPAs and marine turtle conservation: issues and opportunities

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a resource management tool that can be used to slow down and eventually reverse degradation of coastal ecosystems. Globally, scientists have recognized the value of MPAs, especially no-take marine reserves, in improving marine ecosystem health, including the viability of fisheries (NCEAS 2001). Furthermore, MPAs can help to support alternative livelihoods by promoting sustainable use of coastal resources of coastal resources such as ecotourism (Agardy 1993). Science-based MPA planning is underway in many countries (e.g., Osmond et al. 2010) with positive results for communities and ecosystems on which the depend (Samonte et al. 2010, Palumbi 2002). …   | Vietnamese

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Las áreas protegidas de América Latina: situación actual y perspectivas para el futuro

The protected areas of Latin America – current situation and prospects for the future

The launch of the book, which forms part of the celebration of 20 years of work by the International Union for Nature Conservation in South America, will be next Tuesday the 14th June 2011, in the lounge of the Casino de Hotal María Angola, in Lima, Peru, at 19:30. …   | Spanish

14 Jun 2011 | News story
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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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