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Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

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Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN network. …  

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Giant Guitarfish

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). …   | Dutch

21 Jan 2014 | News story

Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

Keeping whales safe in sound

A unique collaboration between the oil and gas industry, scientists and conservationists proves a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales and other species. …   | Russian

20 Jan 2014 | International news release

Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story

Coral reefs - New Caledonia

Travel around the most beautiful places on Earth, for free!

This holiday season, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. Discover the locations of 222 natural World Heritage sites across the planet; let yourself be transported by 3D simulation, and inspired by some amazing photos. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Article

Pauline Buffle at one of the pilot communities for Allanblackia in Ghana

Allanblackia - a species of choice: interview with Pauline Buffle

Pauline Buffle is a Programme Officer in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. In this interview, she discusses the context and latest developments of the project she manages on Allanblackia, as well as IUCN's role in the project partnership. …  

19 Dec 2013 | Article

Wild-harvested cranberries from Polistovsky Nature Reserve

Impact and legacy of promoting forest management through ecotourism in Bezhanitsy Russia

Between 2009 and 2012, IUCN supported Polistovsky’s forest community in Russia’s Bezhanitsy municipality (Western Russia) in developing ecotourism opportunities, in response to the region’s collapsing community and unsustainable forest management. This community-based ecotourism was aimed at improving environmental management and empowering the local community in the pursuit of more sustainable livelihoods. …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article

What does stakeholder engagement in IPBES mean - a message from a side event held during IPBES-2, 9 December 2013

How to increase the appeal of IPBES

As 100+ governments gather in Antalya to shape the first IPBES programme for assessing the world’s biodiversity, 100+ knowledge holders reinforce their offer to assist and propose concrete actions for success. …  

09 Dec 2013 | News story

IUCN

Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology

Please join us for a special session launching a Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology, including examples of national assessments that have taken place recently in Ghana, Mexico, Rwanda and Guatemala, among other countries. …  

04 Dec 2013 | Article