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Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

The road for entrepreneurship in African World Heritage sites

The African World Heritage Fund celebrates the year of entrepreneurship and business skills in 2014, a new theme to help focus efforts on boosting community involvement in World Heritage conservation. …  

09 Jan 2014 | Article

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The WILD side of World Heritage

Did you know that 62% of all the land area covered by natural World Heritage sites contains the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet? Overall, 22 of the world’s 24 terrestrial wilderness areas are represented on the World Heritage List. …  

07 Jan 2014 | Article

Inspection of the Nyika National Park for a World Heritage evaluation mission

IUCN World Parks Congress - a video preview

They provide inspiration and adventure, supply food and water, offer natural defences against climate change and support the livelihoods of millions of people. …   | Spanish

07 Jan 2014 | Article

Coral reefs - New Caledonia

Welcome to 2014 with a free trip around the most beautiful places on Earth

2014 promises to be a year full of conservation action for IUCN, with the World Parks Congress, the launch of the World Heritage Outlook and the 50th anniversary of the Red List. To welcome the New Year, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. No need to book time off, you'll be blown away in just a few clicks. Ready? …  

05 Jan 2014 | Article
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Hammerhead sharks

Shark expert and freediver joins IUCN’s ocean conservation mission

Despite the high profile media attention sharks receive, relatively little is known about their biology. Of those shark species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, nearly half are listed as Data Deficient, which means that we do not have enough information to assess their conservation status. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

Sydney Harbour National Park

Australia to host the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress

 Australia will welcome thousands of environment leaders from across the globe after securing the right to host the prestigious IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park from 12-19 November 2014. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

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

Fiji’s Minister of Environment and Attorney General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighting the ten key actions during the conference

IUCN applauds ‘ten key actions’ for Pacific conservation

IUCN applauds the declaration of ‘ten key actions’ made today by high-level representatives from government, the private sector and civil society at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. …  

06 Dec 2013 | News story

Nelson Mandela and IUCN delegation

IUCN pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

IUCN joins the world in mourning the passing of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and celebrating his life. …  

06 Dec 2013 | Article
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Polar Bears

Plight of the Polar Bear gets high-level attention

The range states of the Polar Bear – Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States – today signed a landmark declaration that will strengthen measures to conserve this iconic animal which is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

05 Dec 2013 | News story


Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans