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IUCN and ICMBio sign cooperation deal

IUCN expanding Red List in Brazil

IUCN and the Instituto Chico Mendes para conservação da biodiversidade (ICMBio) today signed an agreement to build the Brazilian Red List of Threatened Species.   …   | Spanish

28 Jul 2010 | News story

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

World Heritage under threat - the Great Barrier Reef

The 2,000 km long Great Barrier Reef of Australia is the largest World Heritage site in the world – it is roughly the size of Italy or Japan. …  

28 Jul 2010 | Article

Souayibou Varissou of the Africa World Heritage Fund

World Heritage in Africa

Africa is under-represented in terms of World Heritage Sites, with only nine percent of overall sites located on the continent. Souayibou Varissou works with the African World Heritage Fund. He talks about what his organization is doing. …  

28 Jul 2010 | Article

Allen Putney WCPA Chair for World Heritage

Good Vibes from Brasilia

Day two of the Committee is underway. Allen Putney is Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for World Heritage, and his role is a bit different from that of his IUCN Secretariat colleagues. …  

27 Jul 2010 | Article

CEC Chair Keith Wheeler signs MoU with Ms. Martha Ruth del Toro Gaytán of Jalisco, Mexico

CEC signs MoU with Gov't of Jalisco, Mexico, for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

July 26 in Guadalajara, CEC Chair Keith Wheeler and Ms. Martha Ruth del Toro Gaytán signed an MoU between CEC and the Government of Jalisco to coordinate biodiversity action. The agreement was facilitated by CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Mesoamerica, Dr. Arturo Curiel Ballesteros.   …  

27 Jul 2010 | News story

World Heritage

World Heritage Convention and Sustainable Development

IUCN, along with the two other Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention, welcome a first step in exploring the critical issue of sustainable development for the World Heritage Convention at its annual meeting in Brasilia. …  

27 Jul 2010 | IUCN statement

sand dunes in the Alashan Desert, north western China. Photo: Andrew Goudie

Deserts on the World Heritage List: Filling the gaps

Deserts are not just arid, inhospitable places, they are unique and fragile environments and surprisingly full of life. But only a few deserts are World Heritage Sites, despite them covering one third of the earth’s land surface, says IUCN. …   | Spanish

27 Jul 2010 | International news release

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Sound science central to World Heritage success - IUCN DG

IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, spoke at the opening of the World Heritage Convention's annual meeting in Brasilia. She drew attention to closer ties between the Convention's three advisory bodies. …  

26 Jul 2010 | IUCN statement

Tim Badman

A toe tapping start

As day one at the World Heritage Committee draws to a close Tim Badman, Head of IUCN´s World Heritage Programme finds that things, so far, things have largely gone smoothly and with a strong emphasis on nature. The opening ceremony took place in the spectacular theatre in Brasilia to set the event off to a loud and toe-tapping start. …  

26 Jul 2010 | Article

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