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A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon

Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve from poachers – writes Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS - Save Our Species initiative which implements two projects in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   …  

14 May 2016 | News story

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IUCN and National Geographic Society Join Forces for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

Partnership will highlight pressing conservation issues and ways to solve them. …   | French | Spanish

03 May 2016 | News story

Garamba National Park, DR Congo

Deadly poacher attack on Garamba staff horrific – IUCN

IUCN is shocked by the attack recently carried out by elephant poachers in Garamba National Park, which killed three rangers and injured another two, including the park’s manager Erik Mararv. …   | French

03 May 2016 | Article

Niokolo-Koba National Park c Remco

Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage in joint effort with IUCN and UNESCO

Building materials company CEMEX has committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them, following a collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …   | Spanish

29 Apr 2016 | International news release

Socotra Archipelago, Yemen, after being hit by two cyclones in November 2015

Photo gallery: Cyclones hit Yemen’s remote Socotra Archipelago

Last November, Yemen’s World Heritage-listed Socotra Archipelago was hit by two rare cyclones within eight days, with drastic effects on the local population as well as its land and marine ecosystems. An expert on the ground was able to document the damage in the World Heritage site during and immediately after these extreme weather events for IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

21 Apr 2016 | Article

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Exposing illegal trade in elephant tusks

Following a seizure of ivory, a suspected illegal trader has been sentenced to imprisonment. Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, explains how ZSL helped expose the crime.   …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Concerns over scale of threats to natural World Heritage confirmed by new report

Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by industrial activities, according to a new report drawing heavily on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Heritage Outlook. …  

06 Apr 2016 | News story

Arctic WH Sites Meeting

Distinctive dozen: Scientists identify unique Arctic features for possible future World Heritage status

IUCN brought scientific experts from around the world to Paris in February to explore possible new marine World Heritage sites in the Arctic. They reviewed the most unique and exceptional of Arctic features that could potentially merit inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. …  

04 Apr 2016 | News story

Round Table participants met in Melbourne to discuss World Heritage and human rights.

Rights-Based Approaches to (World) Heritage Management – Australian Practitioner Perspectives

What difference does it make to apply a rights-based approach to heritage management?  What are the barriers and enabling factors?  Aware of the dialogue concerning human rights and World Heritage processes and outcomes, sixteen natural and cultural heritage practitioners and policy-makers from five Australian States participated in a Round Table to discuss these questions in Melbourne in October 2015. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

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The future of Ituri Forest's Elephants

"It is up to you the youth of Mambasa. The future of the elephants is in your hands!” Throwing down his challenge to the next generation, the Administrator of the Mambasa Territory in the Ituri Forest of Democratic Republic of Congo was marking the area’s first ever World Elephant Day (2015).   …  

31 Mar 2016 | News story

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