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Punta del Este (hosting Ramsar Convention 2015)

Wetlands spotlight shines on Uruguayan paradise

The spotlight will shine on Uruguay's spectacular Bañados del Este y Franja Costera wetland when it hosts the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12) in Punta del Este between 1-9 June. …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

Dr Ania Grobicki

Ramsar's star rising with new appointment

IUCN's Global Protected Areas caught up with the newly appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Dr Ania Grobicki to learn more about her new role, the forthcoming Ramsar COP12 convention in Uruguay and her spectacular office view in Gland, Switzerland.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

Aletsch glacier, Switzerland

Switzerland’s commitment to World Heritage gets stronger

A ceremony was held by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO on March 23 to celebrate the signing of the Swiss Charter on World Heritage. Designed as a voluntary instrument of commitment, the charter aims to strengthen World Heritage in Switzerland and promote its values. …  

24 Mar 2015 | News story

Little Sydney

“Little Sydney” Conference registration is open

IUCN, along with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), have now opened registration for the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” Conference, the biggest European protected areas event of the year, scheduled to run May 28-31 in Hainburg, Austria. …  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Lake Ohrid Region (16/08/2014)

First Management Planning Workshop to begin for transboundary Lake Ohrid region

 The first management planning workshop in a series of five will take place on 25 and 26 March 2015 in the Korça region, Albania. The workshop is carried out in the framework of the 36-month European Union-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.
 

19 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story

Forest landscape restoration does not call for increasing tree cover beyond what would be ecologically appropriate for a particular location.

Demystifying the World's Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities

A global movement to restore deforested and degraded forest landscapes is emerging. What should forest landscape restoration achieve? And where should it occur? …  

13 Mar 2015 | Article

Monterrico

Looking beyond boundaries for flooding solutions

The inhabitants of Monterrico Reserve in Guatemala had perceived an increase in the intensity and frequency of floods over recent years as a result of alterations made to the watersheds that had been made by sugar mills operating in the reserve’s surroundings.  …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Youth plant mangroves near the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Orissa, India

Mangroves pivotal to protection of Bengal communities

A study has revealed that rice croplands which are protected by mangroves provide a stronger resistance to cyclones and therefore help support human lives in countries affected by tropical weather conditions. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

West Ship Island, Florida

Ecosystems key to protection from hurricanes

A study conducted in the United States following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has concluded that natural landscapes can contribute greatly to reducing disaster risk from storms if they are well managed. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

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