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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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protected area peru

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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Moor Frog

Hoge Kempen: from industrial exploitation to nature coservation

The Hoge Kempen National Park, in the east of Belgium, is a unique nature area, covering more than 5,700 hectares of woodlands and heathland which are all protected and managed by the Flemish Government Agency for Nature and Forestry, an IUCN Member. The Park is a project by the NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, also an IUCN Member.   …  

06 Feb 2013 | Article
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Barbara Block will create underwater listening stations that track marine predators

Tracking sharks with the Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Barbara Block, a renowned marine scientist received a 2012 Rolex Award for Enterprise. Her award will be used to monitor the activity of sharks off the coast of California and increase public awareness of the marine environment. …  

22 Jan 2013 | Article

Lee Talbot

US Secretary of State accolade for former IUCN Director General

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the World Heritage Convention, former IUCN Director General Dr Lee Talbot has been awarded by the US Secretary of State for his leadership in helping to make the Convention a reality. …  

04 Jan 2013 | News story

Chad - Ounianga-Serir - Formations de grès Lac Teli

Five new African World Heritage sites

Five new African world heritage sites were inscribed this year on the World Heritage List, including the first site for Chad (Lakes of Ounianga), Cameroon, Congo and the Central African Republic (Sangha Tri national). The additions include Morocco’s elegant capital city (Rabat); the old colonial capital of Cote d’Ivoire (Grand-Bassam); a diverse “cultural landscape” in rural Senegal (Bassari, Fula and Bedik). …  

19 Dec 2012 | News story


Answering the SOS call from the wild: dolphins, rhinos, tigers and others to benefit from more funding

Gland, Switzerland, 22 November 2012 – Flagship species conservation initiative Save Our Species (SOS) is expanding its work with US$ 2.5 million funding for 25 new projects. …   | French | Spanish

22 Nov 2012 | News story

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