Protected Areas

Astola Island, Pakistan
The Astola Island has been designated as Pakistan’s first-ever Marine Protected Area.  The notification in this regard has been issued by the...
While hailing it a historic milestone, IUCN Country Representative, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema said that this could not be achieved without the concerted efforts led by the Secretary, Ministry of...
A spoon-billed sandpiper on mudflats in the Gulf of Mottama
Myanmar is home to an extraordinary diversity of wetlands, which include mountainous wetlands; large freshwater marshes and lakes; and coastal...
Despite these benefits, wetlands are under enormous pressure. Globally, according to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 40% of 1,000 wetlands sampled were lost between 1970 and 2008. Research...
IUCN WCPA has a proud tradition of proposing global guidelines to protected area practitioners. For the full list of Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series in the...
2015 Newsletters (to 2014, 2013, 2012) December 2015: Responding to Climate Change Fifty shades of green? UNFCCC Paris COP21; Inspiring place: Parc Marin Mohéli, Comoros; Bill...
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon in Palau
Named for Dr Kenton R. Miller, one of the leading figures in international protected area conservation, the award honours innovation in protected...
“This year the Kenton Miller Award will be conferred for innovation in marine protected areas. The nominations we received were of very high quality” says Dr Kathy MacKinnon, Chair of the WCPA. “It...
Tim Badman at 41WHC © fot. Paweł Suder, Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa_850
As the 41stWorld Heritage Committee meeting closes today in Kraków, Poland, Tim Badman, Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme and head of the...
The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee has just closed here in beautiful Kraków, Poland, and I am celebrating 10 years in IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, handling our unique and high-...
urban river and recreation
The IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group works to strengthen the ability of the conservation community to serve urban people,...
Specialist Group Leader Ted TRZYNA The group focuses on expanding and improving management of urban protected and conservation areas, and on encouraging cooperation...
IUCN/Boris Erg, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
The IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group is the premier global network of transboundary conservation experts, consisting of more...
Specialist Group Leaders Maja VASILIJEVIC  Kevan ZUNCKEL  Its mission is "to promote and encourage transboundary conservation for the conservation...
Ecotourism
IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group
Specialist Group Leader Anna Spenceley IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group Strategy 2015-2020 More than 350 professionals are members of the...
Learning about biodiversity at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Planetarium Science Center
The IUCN WCPA Science and Management Theme promotes the use of science to support effective protected area management.
Thematic Vice-Chair Marc HOCKINGS   IUCN WCPA Science and Management Theme TOR 2017-2020 Most of the work under the theme is carried out through the...
Eben Osprey - Essex County Greenbelt
The IUCN WCPA Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship Specialist Group works to elevate the recognition, understanding and integrity of...
Specialist Group Leader Brent MITCHELL Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) are under-represented in national protected area systems and under-reported...
Ilse of Vilm, Gernmany
The IUCN WCPA Task Force on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures provides guidance to parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity,...
Task Force Leaders Kathy MacKinnon  Harry Jonas  In 2010, the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10/CBD)...

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