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The sad part about Tanya's work is that sometimes her team has to deal with retaliatory killings of snow leopards. In this case they convinced the farmer not to sell the skin and parts and hand them over to the authorities. The team is now also working with him and his neighbours to better protect their livestock.

Calling for wild cat conservation from the roof of the world

Working in what is dubbed the ‘roof of the world,’ Tanya Rosen is a passionate voice for the conservation of wild cats — snow leopards in particular. …  

11 Sep 2013 | Article

Villagers participate in identifying natural and cultural attractions within the village

IUCN-DNP collaboration for community involvement in Pang Sida National Park

From 11-16 August, tree-planting was carried out by communities living near Pang Sida National Park. Around 4,000 high-value timber tree species were sown on farmland. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), IUCN, and 40 farmers from Bang Thankrabak and Bang Klong Nam Kheaw villages in Sakao Province participated in the event. The tree-planting aimed to cement a long-lasting relationship between the villages and the local conservation body; the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE). The objectives of DNP-IUCN collaboration are to improve management of protected areas, prevent illegal Siamese Rosewood logging, and to provide solutions for animal-grazing in the forest conservation zone. …  

03 Sep 2013 | Article
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EWt, SOS, dugongs

Activists Swim for Dugongs

Picture this. On August 22, 2013, a group of eleven friends will swim 5 kilometres across a lake from France to Switzerland. This not any ordinary swim, this is the IUCN Big Swim across lac Leman! You can support the Big Swim by donating via the following link to the SOS project page: http://bit.ly/1epxCf3  Every little helps and is much appreciated.     …  

21 Aug 2013 | News story

World Ranger Day at Pangsida National park, Thailand

Thailand observes its first World Ranger Day

The vulnerability and threats faced by forest rangers everyday are given due acknowledgment on World Ranger Day, held annually on July 31. For the first time, World Ranger Day was observed in Thailand at Pang Sida National Park that is one of the five constituents of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chaired by Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; the event was held by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), the Freeland Foundation, and IUCN. …  

16 Aug 2013 | Article
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Sydney Harbor National Park

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website goes live

Another step in promoting inspiring solutions for today’s conservation and development challenges has been taken with the launch of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website. …  

11 Aug 2013 | News story

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates World Ranger Day, as Prince William salutes park rangers’ “brave and tireless work”

Today, we celebrate the outstanding efforts of park rangers around the globe on the occasion of World Ranger Day. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, nature’s most inspiring places stand a chance in the face of menacing threats, such as illegal poaching or forest clearing. …  

31 Jul 2013 | News story

37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, Phnom Penh, June 2013

World Heritage Committee outcomes steer nature conservation

Decisions of the 37th World Heritage Committee, made under IUCN's recommendations, are now available online. These help to identify necessary action to tackle critical threats to the conservation of Earth's most precious places. …   | French | Spanish

30 Jul 2013 | Article

IUCN field visited to Pang Sida National Park, Thailand

Moving Towards Community Engagement in Pang Sida National Park

Pang Sida National Park covers the area of Amphur Muang of Sa Kaew Province, Wattana Nakorn and Amphur Na Dee of Prachinburi Province in Thailand. These regions consist of fertile forests and invaluable natural resources. Designated a national park in 1982, it is about 594 sq. km. The landscape consists of high mountains; the area is fertile and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. This region also is a part of the landscape that constitutes the upper watershed of the Bang Pakong river basin.   …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article

Tajikistan, Muzkol Range

222 Natural World Heritage sites to protect

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 June, 2013 (IUCN) – From vast deserts in Namibia and Mexico to high mountain ranges in China and Tajikistan and Mount Etna in Italy, five exceptional natural areas were added to the World Heritiage List, following IUCN’s recommendations. This brings the total number of natural places demanding the highest levels of international protection to 222. Tajik National Park is the first natural World Heritage Site in Tajikistan, and covers almost one fifth of the country. …   | Dutch

27 Jun 2013 | International news release

Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration

Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest could lead to irreversible damages and ultimately the removal of the site from the World Heritage List. …  

24 Jun 2013 | News story


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