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  • Sea turtle Photo: Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa

    Marine Protected Areas: global standards for success


    This is an invitation for a short consultation on whether all the existing IUCN policies, standards, recommendations and guidance have been captured in IUCN’s global conservation standards to Marine Protected Areas. The deadline to share your...

  • Parks Canada Photo: IPCA gathering in Canada

    Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs): Pathway to achieving Target 11 in Canada through reconciliation


    Worldwide, there is mounting recognition of the significant role Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) and Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conservation Areas (ICCA) can play in biodiversity conservation and the protection of culture heritage. At...

  • The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan Photo: Rory Moore

    Azerbaijan to create the first Marine Protected Area in the Caspian Sea


    Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Caspian Sea, the largest inland body of water on the planet. The new MPA will seek to protect...

  • partnership_iucn_eu_sprep Photo: IUCN Oceania / Sereana Narayan

    Protected areas in the Pacific benefit from IUCN-SPREP partnership


    Suva, Fiji, 7 February, 2018 (IUCN) - Pacific island countries are demonstrating global leadership in their actions to help halt the world’s biodiversity loss through the establishment of Protected Areas. These special areas on land, coastlines and open...

  • Photo: © Igor Meijer/FISA

    IUCN welcomes first-of-kind World Rowing pledge to avoid impacts on natural World Heritage


    The World Rowing Federation FISA today became the first sporting body to announce its commitment to ensuring that activities under its control will not damage natural World Heritage sites, which IUCN monitors as the official advisory body on nature to the...

  • Saphari Forest, Georgia Photo: Jennifer Kelleher/IUCN

    Protected area governance in Georgia


    A national level governance assessment was recently held in Tbilisi, Georgia, with IUCN leading a three-day workshop convening key stakeholders in Georgia.  Representatives of the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, the IUCN ECARO Office with Regional...

  • Photo: Panda Agency

    Ivane Kupradze, a Georgian hero


    Ivane Kupradze from Borjomi, Georgia dreamt of becoming a ranger since he was a little boy. Hiking trips with his grandfather inspired him to dedicate his whole life to protecting nature. 

  • Photo: J. Hardcastle/A. Kodiashvili

    Georgia goes Green List


    Georgia, located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, has renewed its  commitment to join the IUCN Green list programme in 2018.

  • Photo: Jack London State Historic Park

    A new approach to State Parks in Sonoma County


    By Pamela Lanier and Jessica Hughes After being run by the government since their creation, facing the threat of being closed down after the Great Recession, Jack London State Historic Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County, California (USA)...

  • Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    MOOCs and protected areas capacity building – where we stand


    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now an undeniable part of the education landscape. Their development really started to take off in 2012 and there are now over 7,000 of them mainly from European and North American universities. MOOCs are a...


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