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IUCN World Parks Congress content contribution closes in 24 hours

The Call for Programme content for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will close in 24hours. The deadline is set for Saturday 15 March 2014 and it will not be extended so if you haven’t already submitted a proposal and would like to contribute to the Congress Programme, now's the time to do so.

14 Mar 2014 | Article


Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

12 Mar 2014 | International news release

Parque Nacional Los Katios - Colombia

Global to local: How World Heritage sites can bring international conservation goals to ground level

In linking World Heritage with other international conventions, Sonia Peña Moreno takes us through the compelling evidence that conservation works and that the power of collective efforts can lead to desired positive change. …  

05 Mar 2014 | Article

Country Action planning - Uganda, at the BIOPAMA Eastern and Southern African dialogue on extractive industries- World Heritage (Feb 2014, Kenya)

World Heritage and extractive Industries come together to address protected areas and land resource use conflict

From February 19 – 21, government ministries, private investors and other key stakeholders from extractive industries and World Heritage from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya joined a dialogue in Nairobi initiated by the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), supported by BIOPAMA and the MAVA Foundation.  The meeting’s goal was to gain insight into the perspectives and concerns of different parties with respect to mineral, metal and hydrocarbon development and natural World Heritage Sites, in addition to identifying a strategy to avoid negative impacts on natural World Heritage Sites, with mutual gains for all parties.
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05 Mar 2014 | Article
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Rosewood seized in Pang Sida National Park

(Un)protected Areas: Rosewood Poaching in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex encompasses some of the most pristine forests and wildlife habitats in Thailand and is globally important for its biodiversity; that is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. However, in recent years, the four national parks and wildlife sanctuary that form this World Heritage Site have come under increasing pressure from illegal logging of Rosewood. …  

24 Feb 2014 | Article

Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge today joined the United for Wildlife organisations, including IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade. …  

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2013

A global perspective on re-introduction

From mangroves to spiders, trout to bobcat, the latest edition of Global Re-introduction Perspectives presents 52 case studies on re-introduction projects from around the world. …  

05 Feb 2014 | News story

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

Entrepreneurship for World Heritage in Africa: sign up to the workshop

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), in partnership with the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) and Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA), launch the call for applications for the training workshops on entrepreneurship. …   | French

05 Feb 2014 | Article

World Heritage is the quarterly magazine produced by UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Free World Heritage app for a limited time

Don’t miss your chance to download the World Heritage app for free, courtesy of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre! Read exclusive articles and watch videos of the world’s most spectacular sites. Available for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire tablets. …  

04 Feb 2014 | Article

Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

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