On the ground

Thailand’s Andaman aspirations

Thailand’s Andaman aspirations

Thailand’s Andaman Sea with its island paradises, emerald waters, stunning rock formations and white sands is many people’s idea of a dream holiday location. The area is home to well-known destinations such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi as well as hundreds of lesser known jewels. But much work is needed to ensure that the region is unharmed by human activity and that its unique natural and cultural features are safeguarded for future generations. …  

30 Jun 2010 | News story

Participants of the World Heritage Sub-Regional Meeting in Meknes, Morocco

Momentum for Mesopotamia’s marshlands

Once covering an area of up to 20,000 km2, the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq are one of the world's great wetlands. The marshlands (al ahwar) are part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin, which is shared by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey and were once home to several hundred thousand inhabitants, the Ma'dan, a people whose unique way of life had been preserved for over 5,000 years. …  

30 Jun 2010 | News story

Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania

Fish, birds and people – a future for all

The Banc d'Arguin National Park lies on the west coast of Africa in Mauritania. Created in 1976 to protect both the natural features and the valuable fisheries which make a significant contribution to the national economy, the park covers 1.17 million hectares of land, coast and sea. In winter it is home to more than two million migrant shorebirds from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland and supports a wide range of species including flamingos, broad-billed sandpipers, pelicans and terns. …  

01 Jul 2010 | Article

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Marine motion

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results—reversing the many threats that are ruining the health of our seas with serious impacts for people and biodiversity. …  

01 Jul 2010 | News story

Chimpanzees in Taï National Park Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Saving West Africa’s rainforest remnants

Curbing poaching, managing the impacts of gold mining and staving off agricultural encroachment are among the challenges facing the people who manage Côte d'Ivoire’s Taï National Park World Heritage site. …  

01 Jul 2010 | Article