Protected Areas

Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

China and Japan workshops on WDPA and strengthening the protected area information base

Maintenance of information in the WDPA database for three countries in Asia – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea – is a challenge that the WCPA, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, the Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation, Asia (RBCP) has tackled with national workshops aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the global data standards, present national PA information systems and current data challenges. …  

14 Dec 2012 | News story
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Lionfish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia creates world’s largest network of marine reserves

In November 2012 the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves. The government proclaimed 44 marine reserves a network, covering 2.3 million square kilometres, a full third of Australia’s ocean territory. The reserves are home to 45 of the world’s 78 whale and dolphin species, six of the seven known species of marine turtle, and 4,000 fish species. The government received support from over 500,000 Australians, who commented positively on the creation of the network. …  

13 Dec 2012 | News story

2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Protected areas are featured in many WCC resolutions

Furthering protected areas importance to IUCN and its future conservation efforts, protected areas are the most featured theme in the recently released 2012 World Conservation Congress resolutions and recommendations. Protected areas garnered 18 percent of the 183 resolutions and recommendations, with major initiatives of the Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP) and WCPA all receiving notice. As GPAP begins implementation of its most recent work programme, its five main umbrella themes – protected areas conserving nature, achieving quality, respecting people, developing capacity and offering solutions – are all represented in the resolutions and recommendations. …  

29 Nov 2012 | News story

Flower

A good day for nature in Europe

Nearly 25,000 km2 of invaluable natural expanse have been added to the Natura 2000 network, the European Commission reports. This network of protected sites is the EU's primary tool in the fight to conserve Europe’s rich biodiversity.   …  

26 Nov 2012 | News story
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Dugong

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

Kolkheti National Park

Protected Areas as natural solutions to climate change

Can nature help us face climate change? A pilot project by IUCN in the Caucasus shows concrete opportunities for natural, cost-effective solutions to climate change in Georgia. …  

20 Nov 2012 | News story

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When conservation and borders coincide

A new publication by IUCN shows how transboundary conservation action in South-East Europe’s Dinaric Arc helps protect the region’s rich biodiversity and introduces an innovative tool which helps develop cross-border partnerships.  …  

19 Nov 2012 | News story

WILD 10

A Wilder World , A Wilder Europe….

…is as possible as it is necessary. This is the message of WILD10, a collaborative conservation process occurring right now that will culminate in the 10th World Wilderness Congress in beautiful Salamanca, Spain, 4-10 October 2013.   …  

19 Nov 2012 | News story
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Mitiaro, Southern Cook Islands

IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world’s largest marine park

Gland, Switzerland, 15 November 2012 – IUCN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Cook Islands to support the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Cook Islands Marine Park. …  

15 Nov 2012 | News story

Hatton Bank

EU's largest marine protected area

The Scottish Government has submitted proposals to the EU that include plans for Europe’s largest marine area of nature conservation in waters west of Scotland.  

13 Nov 2012 | News story
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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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