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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

Tourism infrastructure in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Developing sustainable tourism across borders in the Dinaric Arc

Recently published IUCN’s manual ‘Sustainable tourism management in the transboundary areas of the Dinaric Arc region’ presents the practical steps that need to be implemented in order to secure sustainable tourism development. When well-planned and effectively managed, tourism can provide economic benefits to local people and increase the support for conservation of the natural and cultural resources it depends upon. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story
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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

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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European Charter for sustainable tourism in protected areas

Tourism and Biodiversity in Protected Areas - 8th European Charter Network Meeting and Charter Awards 2013

EUROPARC brings Protected Areas managers, tourism experts and local businesses from all over Europe to Brussels - to share good practices on tourism management, brainstorm for innovative ideas and strategies, and to honour sustainable tourism achievements across Protected Areas in Europe. Celebrating 40 Years working for nature at the heart of the EU institutions, this year brings a brighter light to the Charter for Sustainable Tourism Awards. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story
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Pitcairn Islands – the ocean’s best kept secret

Four and a half thousand kilometres north-east of New Zealand lies the world’s most remote group of islands – the Pitcairn Islands. The islands, which are a British Overseas Territory, are home to 50 people. They are surrounded by an exclusive economic zone of over 836,000 square kilometres, which hosts one of the best-preserved marine ecosystems on the planet. …  

25 Oct 2013 | News story

Galapagos sea lion puppy, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Marine Protected Areas - an investment well worth its price

Halfway through the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress taking in Marseille, we asked Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme to tell us about the most important issues discussed so far. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large inlet in the eastern Pacific Ocean located along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Covering about 160,000 square kilometers, the Gulf of California covers 4,000 kilometers of coastline and reaches depths of over 3,000 meters.

There is hope for the ocean

Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale up the marine protection necessary for a sustainable development of the ocean. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

A bird in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Regional protected areas network established in the Caribbean

Eighteen protected areas in the Greater Caribbean have been now been listed under the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) SPAW (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife) Protocol, an instrument of UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme. …  

22 Oct 2013 | News story

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Coastal Forum confirms nature-based solutions are key for climate change adaptation

More than 200 delegates representing local communities, government agencies, academics, NGOs and media from Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered together at the Second Annual Coastal Forum from 15-18 October in Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam, to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices for climate change adaptation in the coastal zone, highlighting nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches. …  

22 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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