2013

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

Manta ray, Mayotte

Mayotte: yet to be recognized exceptional biodiversity

The French overseas department of Mayotte is located in the biogeographical area of the Comoros Archipelago, at the heart of the Mozambique Channel and close to Madagascar. Mayotte hosts a variety of land and marine tropical ecosystems which are of major ecological value, despite significant landscape changes due to the exploitation of first sugar cane and later rice. Read more about Mayotte in the new Country Focus. …  

20 Jun 2013 | News story
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Tegano Lake, East Rennell, Salomon Island

East Rennell declared World Heritage in danger

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 June 2013 (IUCN) – East Rennell in the Solomon Islands has been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN, the official World Heritage advisory body on nature. Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya and Virgin Komi Forests in Russia were not added to the Danger List, against IUCN’s advice. …  

19 Jun 2013 | News story

Ibelice Añino, Directora de Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre de la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) de Panamá

Binational Reforestation Day in the Sixaola River Basin

In honor of World Environment Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation, communities of Costa Rica and Panama joined forces to reforest along the banks of the Sixaola River …   | Spanish

19 Jun 2013 | News story
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Psittacula krameri

Call for case studies: tackling invasive species in Europe's urban areas

Recognising the significance of benefits of strengthening collaboration in support of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and management at the local level, cities, local and regional authorities and other urban actors have a critical role to play in implementing national and international biodiversity targets. …  

19 Jun 2013 | News story
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Manta ray, Mayotte

Monitoring of biodiversity critical for Mayotte

One of the key issues affecting Mayotte’s ability to prioritise conservation work concerns a lack of knowledge and understanding of the very biological diversity captured on and around the island. However, both IUCN French National Committee and Mayotte’s Department of Ecology are helping turn this situation around by updating inventories of the island’s species in order to provide more information for better conservation.  …  

19 Jun 2013 | Article
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Kuzi be, Angraecum eburneum, Mayotte

Mayotte’s flora and forests – a threatened heritage

Green and abundant. When visiting Mayotte you feel the ambiance of a "green island". Yet much of its forest is degraded due to very early human occupation of the island (end of the 8th century). The reduction in natural and secondary forest coverage between 1987 and 2002 concerned more than 12,000 hectares of land, according to estimations. This reduction still continues today at a pace ranging from 50 to 100 hectares per year, as urban and agricultural pressures increase and control measures are lacking.   …  

19 Jun 2013 | Article
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Tegano Lake, East Rennell, Salomon Island

East Rennell declared World Heritage in danger

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 June 2013 (IUCN) – East Rennell in the Solomon Islands has been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN, the official World Heritage advisory body on nature. Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya and Virgin Komi Forests in Russia were not added to the Danger List, against IUCN’s advice. …  

19 Jun 2013 | International news release