Protected Areas

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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Jerusalem

City of Jerusalem wins award for urban nature protection

The City of Jerusalem was awarded the 2012 SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) Award for nature conservation and environmental protection at the 5th Jerusalem Nature and Environment Conference on 5 November at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The Society for the Protection of Nature is an IUCN Member.  …  

12 Nov 2012 | News story
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Cheryl Charles, CEC Member

Addressing Children’s Nature-Deficit Disorder: Bold Actions by Conservation Leaders Worldwide

Actions taken at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress provide dramatic support for the worldwide movement to re-connect children and nature—for their health and well-being and that of the Earth itself. …  

04 Nov 2012 | News story

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Decision at CBD COP 11 cites major role for IUCN GPAP and WCPA in moving protected areas agenda forward

Recognizing the valuable role the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas play in biodiversity conservation, the recent Decision on Protected Areas at COP 11 in Hyderabad, India specifically invites IUCN, GPAP and WCPA to continue our work on new and ongoing initiatives to help achieve Target 11 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and support national action plans for its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story
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Merger of EUROPARC and Eurosite

Networking for Nature: Merger of EUROPARC and Eurosite

"Europe's nature needs a new network", say protected area professionals gathered at the annual EUROPARC conference in Genk, Belgium, hosted by the Regional Landscape Kempen & Maasland. In a landmark decision, two of Europe's biggest nature conservation NGOs, the EUROPARC Federation and Eurosite, agreed to come together and form a new united network purpose-built to meet nature’s needs in the years ahead. Together, the new network will be representing a membership responsible for managing and protecting Europe's natural and cultural heritage. …  

25 Oct 2012 | News story
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Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Hyderabad hopes for a protected planet

Protected areas both on land and in the sea are a hot topic here at the Biodiversity talks in Hyderabad. We ask Trevor Sandwith, Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, to explain what they are and why they are so important. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story


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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