Protected Areas

Hatton Bank

EU's largest marine protected area

The Scottish Government has submitted proposals to the EU that include plans for Europe’s largest marine area of nature conservation in waters west of Scotland.  

13 Nov 2012 | News story
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City of Jerusalem wins award for urban nature protection

The City of Jerusalem was awarded the 2012 SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) Award for nature conservation and environmental protection at the 5th Jerusalem Nature and Environment Conference on 5 November at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The Society for the Protection of Nature is an IUCN Member.  …  

12 Nov 2012 | News story
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Cheryl Charles, CEC Member

Addressing Children’s Nature-Deficit Disorder: Bold Actions by Conservation Leaders Worldwide

Actions taken at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress provide dramatic support for the worldwide movement to re-connect children and nature—for their health and well-being and that of the Earth itself. …  

04 Nov 2012 | News story

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Decision at CBD COP 11 cites major role for IUCN GPAP and WCPA in moving protected areas agenda forward

Recognizing the valuable role the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas play in biodiversity conservation, the recent Decision on Protected Areas at COP 11 in Hyderabad, India specifically invites IUCN, GPAP and WCPA to continue our work on new and ongoing initiatives to help achieve Target 11 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and support national action plans for its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story
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Merger of EUROPARC and Eurosite

Networking for Nature: Merger of EUROPARC and Eurosite

"Europe's nature needs a new network", say protected area professionals gathered at the annual EUROPARC conference in Genk, Belgium, hosted by the Regional Landscape Kempen & Maasland. In a landmark decision, two of Europe's biggest nature conservation NGOs, the EUROPARC Federation and Eurosite, agreed to come together and form a new united network purpose-built to meet nature’s needs in the years ahead. Together, the new network will be representing a membership responsible for managing and protecting Europe's natural and cultural heritage. …  

25 Oct 2012 | News story
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Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Hyderabad hopes for a protected planet

Protected areas both on land and in the sea are a hot topic here at the Biodiversity talks in Hyderabad. We ask Trevor Sandwith, Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, to explain what they are and why they are so important. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

Elk in Rocky Mountain

Protected Areas presented as Natural Solutions at CBD COP 11

The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP 11 in Hyderabad, India was dedicated to protected areas and their contribution to conservation on October 10th during the first week of the conference. The theme of the day, “Natural Solutions: Protected Areas Meeting Biodiversity Targets and Adapting to Global Climate Change” had four panel sessions, including: working towards the Aichi Targets – how PAs contribute; PAs as natural solutions to climate change and other global challenges, PAs for marine conservation, blue carbon and sustainable fisheries; and opportunities for mainstreaming PAs into policies and programmes. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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The largest forest corridor network in Central Europe takes a huge step forward

The environmental organization BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) is advancing the connectivity of German forests. Within its large-scale project “Safety Net for the European Wildcat” BUND will implement six new migration corridors in order to reconnect isolated forest patches. The overall aim of the project is the restoration of a nationwide network of forest habitats with a total length of 20,000 kilometers.  …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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Mr Pashko Ujka

Protect nature, develop tourism: Interview with town mayor in Albania

Mr. Pashko Ujka, the Mayor of Velipojë, a town close to one of the protected sites where IUCN is working towards nature-based solutions, shares his views on the challenges the town faces and his work programme which combines environmental protection and tourism development. Mr. Ujka's interview is part of the new issue of the Advance Albania Newsletter.  …  

16 Oct 2012 | News story
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In a nutshell: Hyderabad Biodiversity summit - Week One

At the 2010 Biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Japan, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed the ‘Big Plan to save nature’ with its 20 Aichi biodiversity targets to be met by 2020. Today, the Parties meet again, this time in Hyderabad, India to discuss what progress has been made so far in turning the Big Plan into reality. …  

14 Oct 2012 | 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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