Rhysodes sulcatus, Annex II Habitats Directive

Turnicki National Park – Future pearl of Polish nature

The Natural Heritage Foundation, an IUCN Member, plays a key role in developing the protected areas network in the Carpathians. It supports the creation of the Turnicki National Park in the Polish Carpathians and works actively to conserve the biodiversity of this area. …  

16 Apr 2013 | Article

Butterfly feeding

Bridging science and policy with the BiodivERsA network

Successful conservation requires sound priority setting and decision-making based on the best available science. Science-policy interfaces are social processes, which encompass relations between scientists and other actors in the policy process, and which allow for exchanges, co-evolution, and joint construction of knowledge with the aim of enriching decision-making at different scales. …  

15 Apr 2013 | News story

Sand mining adjacent to St Lucia, South Africa, World Heritage Site

Dialogue between the mining sector and World Heritage sites in Africa

A network of World Heritage Site managers and stakeholders in the extractive sector will gradually be put in place following the success of two training sessions organized by IUCN and PACO (Protected Areas Programme for Central and West Africa). Taking place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in June 2012 and Dakar, Senegal in January 2013, they addressed the co-existence of World Heritage Sites and extractive activity. Additional sessions are planned for 2013. …  

12 Apr 2013 | News story

The “Roman bridge”, built in the 16th century in the Centovalli

A training bridge between nature and culture

Ninety-one professionals from 57 countries to date have received training through seven regional workshops aimed at enhancing international and regional capacity building for World Heritage. Over the past three years, the workshops have helped fulfil a recurrent request from State Parties to diversify and ensure regional balance within the technical networks of the advisory bodies supporting the identification, evaluation and conservation of sites. …  

12 Apr 2013 | Article

Terrestrial Gaps

New terrestrial gaps study to be unveiled

IUCN and UNEP-WCMC have undertaken a gap analysis of terrestrial World Heritage Sites, focusing on biodiversity, to be launched at the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting in June. The analysis examines bio-geographic distributions of existing natural World Heritage Sites and their coverage of the global priority network of important ecosystems for biodiversity conservation. …  

12 Apr 2013 | Article
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Why you should come to Cambodia next June

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh will be the backdrop of the next World Heritage Committee, from 17-27 June 2013. The annual event represents a key opportunity for civil society to advocate onsite issues and the World Heritage Convention’s policies and procedures. …  

12 Apr 2013 | News story

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WILD10 presentation, 9 days to Make the World a Wilder Place!

In the historic Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, CSIC, WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress was presented yesterday to the Spanish society and the media. This event serves as a news flash of Congress to the media and offers the opportunity to present its central theme: 'Make the World a Wilder Place'. …   | Spanish

11 Apr 2013 | News story

Rebecca Welling, Project Officer, IUCN Global Water Programme

Blog: Nature, the unseen dimension of the nexus – exposed!

By Rebecca Welling. Walking into my first UNECE meeting on the topic of the Nexus in transboundary basins, I was a little nervous and not sure what to expect. It was the first time I attended a meeting in the UN headquarters representing IUCN Water, and on top of this I was to do a presentation on the role of Nature in the Nexus the following morning. …  

11 Apr 2013 | News story

Forest landscape restoration

Restoring forest landscapes around the world: new videos show the way

IUCN experts attending the 10th United Nations Forum on Forests this week are showcasing how countries can restore forests and generate many benefits for people, nature and the economy. …  

10 Apr 2013 | Article

Water conservation

Revisiting the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty

Hamid Sarfraz*

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Islamabad, Pakistan

This article analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) in light of the UN Watercourses Convention. The IWT is, to a large extent, still relevant but must incorporate contemporary environmental standards and the social realities that are impacting water resources. Proposals for improving the IWT include the incorporation of provisions related to joint research initiatives, optimal use of available resources through mutually negotiated trade-offs, a joint climate change adaptation strategy, consideration of environmental flow needs, and joint water development and energy generation. …  

10 Apr 2013 | Article