World Conservation Debate
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How can we protect the people who put their lives on the line to save nature? This is the subject of the first of our new World Conservation Debates and we'd like to hear your views.

Our opening feature article - Nature: to die for? describes the escalation in violence against park rangers that has led to around 1,000 rangers losing their lives in the last 15 years. It asks what governments should be doing to address this crisis.
And it's not only rangers who are in danger but thousands of people all over the world who bravely campaign to expose environmental and social injustice. What can we do to safeguard them?

This issue of World Conservation Debates is linked to our 'Conservation Heroes' focus on the IUCN website. Read inspiring stories of some of the people who are working tirelessly to save the natural world and improve the lives of communities who depend on it.


Join the debate

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda How do you think we can best protect the people who protect nature?
Read our feature Nature -- to die for? and tell us what you think. Just click on 'Write a comment' to add your opinion.
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World Conservation is evolving

Thanks to all those who took part in our survey. In response to your comments, the magazine is evolving into a quarterly debate about key conservation issues. We'll send you an alert each time.


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