Protected Areas

37th World Heritage Committee, Phnom Penh, 2013

IUCN urges excellence for World Heritage

Doha, Qatar, 15 June 2014 (IUCN) – World Heritage faces growing threats from illegal wildlife trade and development pressures, requiring the highest standards in conservation action at the global level, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Convention’s advisory body on nature.  …   | Arabic

15 Jun 2014 | News story

Regional Forum on Oceans, Coasts and People in Asia and the Pacific, Cebu, PH, May 2014

Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific

“We need to avoid re-inventing the wheel” is a notion that was frequently heard during the opening of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific. The event was hosted by the Blue Solutions Initiative, with IUCN as a partner, on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. It convened around 100 practitioners and decision makers, civil society, local community as well as government representatives. …  

11 Jun 2014 | News story

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN launches Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are now more accessible and easier to search than ever with the new IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform. The Platform, available online in English, French and Spanish, gives an opportunity to explore IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations that have shaped the global conservation agenda and the Union’s policy on important issues over the past 65 years.
  | Spanish

05 Jun 2014 | News story

Kayangel Atoll, Palau

Celebrate the unique and wonderful nature of the world’s islands

IUCN joins its member organizations and partners around the world in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity, advocating the role of islands in addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge. …   | French

22 May 2014 | News story

Julia Miranda Londoño, WCPA Regional Chair for South America

Recognize protected area leadership

Nominations for the Packard awards are now open Deadline for nominations is 15 June 2014 …  

08 May 2014 | News story

Spring

Conservation news from South Eastern Europe

The spring issue of the IUCN SEE e-Bulletin brings the nature conservation news from the region and invites the readers to learn about the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 themes. The focus section on IUCN website will be introducing the main themes of the Congress, showcasing the many ways protected areas benefit species and people. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

Director Virunga National Park shot

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, was shot on Tuesday in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. He is in serious but stable condition. No further details are available on the attack at the present time. …   | Dutch

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Inaugural session of the regional workshop to identify EBSAs in the Mediterranean.

How to protect Mediterranean marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

The need to increase protection for oceans is urgent, not only to fulfill international commitments, but to alleviate the increasing degradation of marine ecosystems. To this end, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Mediterranean Action Plan – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-MAP) have organised, from 7-11 April in Malaga (Spain), a Mediterranean regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). …   | French | Spanish

07 Apr 2014 | News story

Medmis banner

New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation took place during the workshop on Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas held in Cadaqués (Spain), organised by the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalunya, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the MAVA Foundation. …   | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Participants à l’atelier de lancement du project CEPF.

Lancement du Projet CEPF sur la valorisation des zones clés pour la biodiversité au Maroc

Le Centre de Coopération pour la Méditerranée de l’UICN (UICN-Med) en collaboration avec le Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD) a tenu à Marrakech le 19 Mars 2014 un atelier de lancement du projet «Promotion de la valeur des zones clés pour la biodiversité en Afrique du Nord à travers l’implication des organisations de la société civile dans leur conservation et gestion». Ce projet est financé par le Fonds de Partenariat pour les Écosystèmes Critiques (CEPF).  …  

27 Mar 2014 | 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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