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Head of Vanj River, Tajik National Park

Tajikistan gets its first natural World Heritage Site

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- Tajik National Park became Tajikistan’s first natural World Heritage site. The decision was taken today by the World Heritage Committee, following the expert recommendation of IUCN. …  

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Tianshan mountains in China become World Heritage Site

Tianshan mountains in China become World Heritage Site

Following IUCN’s recommendation, the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain range in China was declared a natural World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Committee meeting currently taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. …   | Chinese

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Namibia, Namib Sand Sea

World Heritage status for Namibia’s Sea of Sand

The Namib Sand Sea — a unique coastal fog desert with a diverse range of large, shifting dunes — was granted World Heritage status today at the annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   …  

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Tegano Lake, East Rennell, Salomon Island

East Rennell declared World Heritage in danger

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 June 2013 (IUCN) – East Rennell in the Solomon Islands has been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN, the official World Heritage advisory body on nature. Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya and Virgin Komi Forests in Russia were not added to the Danger List, against IUCN’s advice. …  

19 Jun 2013 | International news release

UNESCO WHC 2013 Cambodia

Decision time for World Heritage

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16 June 2013 (IUCN) – UNESCO’s annual World Heritage meeting, which starts today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will see a total of 34 natural and cultural areas considered for World Heritage status. The World Heritage Committee will also review the state of existing World Heritage sites, including some that could be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The ever-increasing number of iconic areas facing threats to their unique status puts the credibility of the World Heritage Convention at stake, according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

16 Jun 2013 | Media statement

Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Victorin Lurel, Minister of Overseas France, Pascal Canfin, Deputy Minister for Development and Anne Paugam, CEO of the French Development Agency sign a new agreement with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), represented by its Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

France and IUCN intensify their efforts to protect global biodiversity

Yesterday IUCN signed a new partnership agreement with France, which aims to support the Union's global biodiversity conservation work, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, oceans and global governance of natural resources. …   | French

13 Jun 2013 | News story

X Congreso Latinoamericano de Reservas Privadas y Pueblos Originarios. Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo, Selva Patagónica, Chile.

Abierta Convocatoria a X Congreso Latinoamericano de Reservas Privadas y Pueblos Originarios

Hasta el 30 de mayo se reciben resúmenes para presentar diferente iniciativas e investigaciones en este congreso a realizarse entre el 19 y el 23 de agosto en la Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo, Selva Patagónica, Chile. …  

27 May 2013 | News story
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Dr Simon Stuart presents Sir David Attenborough with the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

Conservation royalty awarded IUCN’s highest award

Distinguished conservationist, Sir David Attenborough, received the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal earlier this week at a special presentation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Action is needed to preserve the world’s most inspiring natural sites

IUCN recommends taking action to tackle major threats to natural sites ahead of the 37th World Heritage Committee this June, including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Carcasse d'éléphant

Au moins 26 éléphants massacres dans un patrimoine mondial

Au moins 26 éléphants ont été massacrés dans le site Patrimoine Mondial au Dzanga Bai en République Centrafricaine, à la suite de l’entrée ce lundi de 17 hommes armés de Kalachnikovs dans l’habitat unique d’éléphants, localement appelé « village des éléphants ». …  

12 May 2013 | News story

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