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Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia

Photo gallery: IUCN World Heritage mission to Tasmanian Wilderness

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has carried out a recent mission to Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia, to assess the state of conservation of the World Heritage site. The mission report is now available. Discover this exceptional site through beautiful photographs from our mission expert! …  

24 Mar 2016 | Article

Women harvesting rice, Vietnam

World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'

By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation.   …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2016 | News story
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Map of natural sites around Ba Kamint community, adjacent to Pang Sida National Park

Nature trails for conservation: Identifying natural assets at Thai World Heritage Site

The natural environment plays an important role for communities living around protected areas. In addition to being essential for livelihoods, nature also has the potential of being developed for nature or community-based tourism. …  

21 Mar 2016 | Article

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Ecosystems for Life

Could conservation become a new investment asset class?

 A new IUCN-backed report released yesterday identifies three new investment structures that could help catalyse finance to meet the world’s pressing environmental challenges and sustainable growth goals. …  

21 Jan 2016 | Article

Lead mining adjacent to Thung Yai National Park, Thailand

Making the case for a net positive impact on biodiversity

Exploring how a Net Positive Impact (NPI) approach on biodiversity can enable the private sector to better manage biodiversity and contribute to global conservation is the focus of two new papers released today under the auspices of the NPI Alliance. …  

18 Jan 2016 | Article

Park rangers

Nominate your Heritage Hero!

Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! Update: nominations are now closed. …   | French | Spanish

11 Jan 2016 | Article

Turtle in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Watching over the universal worth of Tubbataha Reefs’ paradise of blue

What does marine paradise look like? Imagine pristine coral reef, turquoise blue lagoons, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Such a paradise exists on Earth, in Tubbataha Reefs National Park in the Philippines. …  

08 Jan 2016 | Article

Tendal Waterfall, Los Katíos National Park, Colombia

The List of World Heritage in Danger is not a disgrace, but an opportunity

A key success of 2015 was the removal of Colombia’s Los Katíos National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger. It was danger-listed in 2009 at the request of the government, after suffering extensive damage from illegal activities. The park authority has now regained control of the site. Julia Miranda was representing Colombia at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany last summer. She tells us about the importance of this success, which can benefit not only Colombia but all other countries. …  

08 Jan 2016 | Article

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