News releases

Marine Protected Areas cover almost 3% of the ocean

World nearing 3% of ocean protection

Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …   | Spanish

24 Oct 2013 | International news release

Atolla jellyfish in the Indian Ocean

Biggest zone closed to fishing announced

Two high-seas areas in the Southern Indian Ocean have been added to the network of zones that are closed to deepwater trawling by a fishing industry group, making it the largest such enclosure in the world – IUCN and the Southern Indian Ocean Deepwater Fishers Association (SIODFA) announced today. …  

17 Oct 2013 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

The Duke of Cambridge and IUCN unite for wildlife

As part of his latest conservation initiative, The Duke of Cambridge brings together an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations, including IUCN. …  

12 Sep 2013 | International news release

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

Namibia, Namib Sand Sea

Five natural wonders declared World Heritage

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico have been declared World Heritage sites, following expert recommendations of IUCN. …  

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Mexico, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

Mexico’s Pinacate desert wins World Heritage status

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- The extraordinary landscape of El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico with its sweeping dunes, huge volcanic craters and rich cultural heritage is the latest site to achieve World Heritage Status.  …   | Spanish

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

Mount Etna

Iconic Mount Etna gains World Heritage status

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) - One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Italy’s Mount Etna has been named a World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Committee meeting currently taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, following IUCN’s recommendation. …  

21 Jun 2013 | International news release

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