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Marine World Heritage: The Crown Jewels of the Ocean event calls for support of marine sites

International film stars Clive Owen and Jacques Perrin gave their support to Marine World Heritage: The Crown Jewels of the Ocean. See the short film on marine sites, narrated by Mr Perrin.


06 May 2013 | News story

World heritage site in Korea

Seeking contributors for new World Heritage knowledge tool

Do you hold first-hand knowledge on natural and mixed World Heritage Sites, and the factors affecting them? IUCN is seeking contributions to compile Conservation Outlook Assessments for the State of World Heritage, a new knowledge tool. …  

16 Apr 2013 | News story

Sand mining adjacent to St Lucia, South Africa, World Heritage Site

Dialogue between the mining sector and World Heritage sites in Africa

A network of World Heritage Site managers and stakeholders in the extractive sector will gradually be put in place following the success of two training sessions organized by IUCN and PACO (Protected Areas Programme for Central and West Africa). Taking place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in June 2012 and Dakar, Senegal in January 2013, they addressed the co-existence of World Heritage Sites and extractive activity. Additional sessions are planned for 2013. …  

12 Apr 2013 | News story

The “Roman bridge”, built in the 16th century in the Centovalli

A training bridge between nature and culture

Ninety-one professionals from 57 countries to date have received training through seven regional workshops aimed at enhancing international and regional capacity building for World Heritage. Over the past three years, the workshops have helped fulfil a recurrent request from State Parties to diversify and ensure regional balance within the technical networks of the advisory bodies supporting the identification, evaluation and conservation of sites. …  

12 Apr 2013 | Article

Terrestrial Gaps

New terrestrial gaps study to be unveiled

IUCN and UNEP-WCMC have undertaken a gap analysis of terrestrial World Heritage Sites, focusing on biodiversity, to be launched at the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting in June. The analysis examines bio-geographic distributions of existing natural World Heritage Sites and their coverage of the global priority network of important ecosystems for biodiversity conservation. …  

12 Apr 2013 | Article
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Why you should come to Cambodia next June

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh will be the backdrop of the next World Heritage Committee, from 17-27 June 2013. The annual event represents a key opportunity for civil society to advocate onsite issues and the World Heritage Convention’s policies and procedures. …  

12 Apr 2013 | News story

IUCN and UNESCO World Heritage Enhancement

TILCEPA’s Chair participated in a workshop on Enhancing the World Heritage Programme, 17-21 February 2013. The event took place on Vilm Island in the Baltic Sea, hosted by the German Bundesamt für Naturschutz and IUCN’s World Heritage Division.  …  

15 Mar 2013 | Article
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Plane in Eger, Hungary

Hungarian Plane Tree wins European Tree of the Year award

The winner of the third international contest European Tree of the Year organized by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation is the Plane tree in Eger, Hungary which scored 14,205 votes. Over 45,000 votes were cast in this year’s contest that aspires to bring attention to trees and their stories.  …  

01 Mar 2013 | News story
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Building capacity for managing World Heritage

Managers from 10 World Heritage sites throughout Africa met at the IUCN ESARO regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya to reflect on and learn more about management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The Africa Nature project, a collaborative effort by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN and the African World Heritage Fund, with financial support from the Governments of Flanders (Belgium) and Spain, convened this workshop. …  

25 Feb 2013 | Article
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The World Heritage Convention: back on the right track?

By Jim Thorsell, IUCN Senior Advisor on World Heritage …  

12 Feb 2013 | News story
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Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans