News Archive

Cloud Forest on Mount Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island

Climate change key threat to ecosystems at risk

Climate change has emerged as a key threat to a diverse range of ecosystems in Australia and beyond, according to studies published in a special issue of the journal Austral Ecology. …  

17 Jul 2015 | News story

Presentation at 2015 Communications Summit in Brussels #ECS2015

Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world

By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or better, to have an impact and instigate change? …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

Jirisan National Park, South Korea

A new chapter begins for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas

Recognizing success provides inspiration and constructive feedback. Through the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), IUCN is seeking to provide an innovative tool for managers and protected area systems to assess and monitor PA values, identify existing possibilities to improve performance and demonstrate how effective management can lead to positive conservation impacts. A milestone meeting held in Switzerland marked the beginning of the “GLPA Development Phase”. The development of the global GLPA standard has shifted into a higher gear, building on the lessons from the pilot phase. …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica

Jamaica’s first World Heritage listing ups the number of natural sites to 229

The Blue and John Crow Mountains has become Jamaica’s first World Heritage site today, following advice from IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, responsible for evaluating the site’s natural values. Extensions of South Africa’s Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Viet Nam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park were also approved by the World Heritage Committee, as recommended by IUCN. …  

03 Jul 2015 | International news release

Western Gray Whale and ship.

IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts

IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development and beyond in Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East. The application deadline is 20 August 2015. …   | Russian

29 Jun 2015 | News story

East Rennell, Solomon Islands

Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn, Germany. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

25 Jun 2015 | International news release

Sanja Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Heart and Lungs of a Wild Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is among the rarest of national parks, surrounded on three sides by one of the densest cities on the planet – Mumbai, India. An amazing array of flora and fauna exist within the park’s boundaries, providing aesthetic, historic and cultural value as well as ecological benefits to the populous city. There may be no other place like it on Earth. Protecting this unique treasure has required local residents, grassroots organizations, and the park itself to strive for a balanced relationship between people and nature. …  

10 Jun 2015 | Article

WCC 2016

Call for Contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 now open

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will bring together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

If you want to be part of the 2016 Congress and host an event during the Forum, the Call for Contributions is your opportunity to seize! You have from now until 15 October 2015 to submit your proposal!   …   | Spanish

09 Jun 2015 | Article

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On Valuing Nature’s Water Infrastructure

Blog by Mark Smith, Director IUCN Water Programme. Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015. …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Sunset in Vanuatu.

Is it worth investing in coral reefs? Results from an assessment of MPA economic benefits in Fiji and Vanuatu

A study, carried out by IUCN in 10 villages in Vanuatu and Fiji, evaluated the economic benefits of community-based Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Its results show that MPAs make sense not only for their conservation benefits, but they yield tangible economic benefits.   …  

05 Jun 2015 | Article