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  • In the spotlight:

    The Art of Conservation

    China holds the world's highest levels of biodiversity. China's diverse traditions, mainstream and indigenous cultures, and commonly shared beliefs are irrevocably intertwined with nature. Conservation in China has never been more important, and China is now seeking global support, and recognition, for progress in protecting, restoring and managing the environment. Over 100 participants including PA managers, agencies, academia, investors and donors attended a Green List and Protected Areas training in China, focusing on key topics including tourism, ecosystem services management, and conservation finance and investment for PAs.

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    World Heritage Recommendations coming soon

    UNESCO's 41st session of the World Heritage Committee will take place in Kraków, Poland from 2 to 12 July 2017. IUCN's recommendations on natural World Heritage will be issued on 19 May and 2 June.

  • In the spotlight:

    Ol Pejeta – Improving Community Livelihoods through Conservation

    The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Green List site, has recently won the 'Community Award' at the World Travel and Tourism Council Congress for its innovative approach to tourism, conservation and the local communities surrounding the conservancy.  Ol Pejeta is home to 114 critically endangered Black Rhino, and is one of the few conservancies globally able to cover the lion's share of its operating costs through its own sustainable revenues, including by running a novel wildlife/livestock integration model.  

  • In the spotlight:

    Setting the WCPA agenda

    The Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (PNNC) hosted this year’s annual WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.  The meeting was the first since Kathy MacKinnon was elected Chair and focused on the Commission’s achievements and challenges, the 2017-2020 Joint Work Programme with the IUCN Global Protected Areas programme, the WCPA, and the World Heritage programme. 

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    Protected Planet in May: of wetlands and vertices


    Protected Planet is home to the World Database on Protected Areas, the most comprehensive database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. The database is updated on a monthly basis from more than 500 different data providers in over 240 countries and...

  • Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) at Neds Corner Station, a 300 km2 former grazing property in the state of Victoria, Australia, now owned and run as a PPA by the Trust for Nature

    Privately protected areas: advances and challenges


    Protected areas exist under a range of governance types. However, those run by private entities (non-profit organisations, for-profit organisations and individuals) have not always received much attention from the international community. These areas are...

  • Southern white rhinos grazing on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    IUCN Director General’s statement on International Day for Biological Diversity 2017


    How often do we credit our planet’s biological diversity with keeping us healthy, relaxed and inspired? Probably not often enough. Yet we all know it. Instinctively. We know that what we seek to relax: a walk in nature; a wonderful trip to the beach.  Or...

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