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  • Iguaçu National Park, Brazil

    World Heritage status not sparing iconic natural sites from mining and dams

    Paris, 26 October 2016 – Extractives and large dams are among the biggest threats to natural World Heritage sites, including iconic places such as Virunga National Park, Iguaçu and the Sundarbans. This is a conclusion of the World Heritage Committee meeting, following recommendations by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The meeting closed today in UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site

    Photo gallery: World Heritage mission to the Sundarbans in Bangladesh

    A mission report making a set of 10 recommendations for action to secure the long-term protection of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh has just been published. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) carried out a field mission to the site in March 2016, jointly with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, to monitor its state of conservation. The Sundarbans is part of the world’s largest mangrove forest, home to the royal Bengal tiger. It is exposed to a number of threats including a coal-fired power plant project.
  • Larry Hamilton outside his home in Vermont, with Linda.  The Welcome is typical

    Lawrence S. (Larry) Hamilton 1925-2016 – a good friend and a great colleague

    We have lost one of the great architects of protected areas world-wide. After a short illness, Larry Hamilton died on 6 October near his home in Vermont. His beloved wife, Linda, was with him. By Adrian Phillips.* 

Featured blogs

How citizen science can help monitor data cold spots – Citizen science, increasingly used to monitor species and ecosystems, is among the many issues to be highlighted at IUCN World Conservation Congress, starting next week. 22 August

Indigenous peoples and local communities key in combatting illegal wildlife trade Involving and supporting Indigenous peoples and local communities in the fight against wildlife trafficking is essential, yet often overlooked, writes Rosie Cooney, Chair of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. 3 August

Saving  Batagur turtles across Asia – Following ongoing success with captive breeding programmes for river terrapins in the Batagur genus, Rick Hudson of SOS grantee Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) reflects on the challenges of pulling a turtle back from the brink of extinction. 8 July

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