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A volcano in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Stronger leadership needed to save world’s natural wonders

At the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is warning of the growing threats faced by many existing World Heritage sites and is calling for stronger measures to guarantee their future. …   | French | Spanish

11 Sep 2012 | News story
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Summit of Mt. Halla

Korea’s largest island and highest mountain tell tales of Earth’s history

Jeju Volcanic Islands and Lava Tubes World Heritage Site, Republic of South Korea …  

31 Aug 2012 | Fact sheet
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Now available: Pocket guide to World Heritage events at IUCN Congress

Be part of the World Heritage agenda at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea -- take advantage of up to 20 sessions tackling core issues affecting conservation of the world’s iconic natural places. …  

21 Aug 2012 | News story

Chad - Ounianga-Serir - Formations de grès Lac Teli

Waves of water flowing in the desert

Lakes of Ounianga World Heritage Site, Chad   …  

02 Aug 2012 | Fact sheet
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Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

World Heritage - a future at risk?

St. Petersburg, Russia, 6 July, 2012 (IUCN) – As the number of natural wonders on the World Heritage List continues to grow, too many sites are left with little resources to manage them properly and conserve the very values they were inscribed for, say IUCN experts. Many face a barrage of threats, not least from mining and oil exploration. …   | Chinese

06 Jul 2012 | News story
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The Sangha Trinational is recommended to be added on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Six natural wonders declared World Heritage Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 July, 2012 (IUCN) – Sangha Trinational - shared between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo; Lakes of Ounianga in Chad and Chengjiang fossil site in China have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Lena Pillars Nature Park in Russia and Western Ghats in India were also added to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee, a 21-nation panel. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Palau wins World Heritage Status

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon in Palau has been inscribed on the World Heritage List, becoming the country’s first World Heritage Site. …  

29 Jun 2012 | Article

Mountains of Virgin Komi, Russia

No ‘danger listing’ for four natural World Heritage sites - against IUCN advice

St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 29 June 2012 (IUCN) – None of the four natural World Heritage sites that IUCN recommended for inclusion on the Danger List have been added, in what is seen by IUCN experts as a blow for conservation. …  

29 Jun 2012 | International news release

No Mining in Mount Nimba World Heritage Site

Release of report on World Heritage and mining

New independent review of World Heritage and the extractive industry was published today in response to growing concerns over the rapidly increasing number of World Heritage Sites threatened by planned mining or oil and gas projects.
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26 Jun 2012 | News story

No other option!

Our experts in action: Leo Niskanen

Not many of us get to turn a childhood passion into a career but IUCN’s Leo Niskanen is doing just that—in the heart of East Africa, one of the world’s last great bastions of wildlife. …  

24 Jun 2012 | Article


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