Protected Areas


  • WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Colombia, March 2017

    Setting the WCPA agenda


    The Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (PNNC) hosted this year’s annual WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.  The meeting was the first since Kathy MacKinnon was elected Chair and focused on the Commission’s achievements and...

  • PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet session at the Conservation Optimism Summit in London.

    Protected areas celebrate Earth Optimism


    Earth Optimism, an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media, is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to...

  • Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura

    In one of the most dangerous regions on the planet, two heroes inspire their communities


    Beyond conservation science, World Heritage is driven by human motivations such as pride, and passion. Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura were recognised at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress as Heritage Heroes for their outstanding contribution to...

  • Blue Hole in Belize

    Governance Diversity for Belize


    Based on the PARKS 23.1 paper A Governance Spectrum: Protected Areas in Belize.  Belize is one of the smallest non-island states in the Americas, but a leader in protected areas designation and governance. Belize is one of only a dozen...

  • Local boys play in mangrove plantations close to their home in Thailand

    Working together to build MPAs for long-term marine resources management


    Our oceans and wetlands are crucial for our survival. Mangrove forests sequester massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and protect coastal communities from cyclone storm surges, while coastal wetlands and coral reefs provide breeding and...

  • A river in Garamba national park

    IUCN deplores ranger deaths in Garamba National Park


    IUCN deplores the deaths of rangers Joël Meriko Ari and Sergent Bolimola Afokao of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two rangers were killed in the line of duty on 11 April in Garamba National Park during a fire fight with poachers...

  • Astola Island, Pakistan

    Astola Island as a Marine Protected Area: next steps after IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016


    Located approximately 25 km off the coast of Balochistan province, Astola is Pakistan’s largest offshore island. Also known as “Jezira Haft Talar” (Island of the Seven Hills) due to the small, rocky mountains that span the 6.7 km2 island, this scenic spot has...

  • Polar bears

    IUCN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships and oil as ice melts


    Monaco, 4 April 2017 (IUCN) – The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report launched today...

  • Participants during a trip to Owakudani, Hakone during the second APAP workshop

    Second APAP workshop: Collaborative management of protected areas emphasised


    The importance of collaborative protected area management through active stakeholder engagement took centre stage at the second Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) workshop held in Hakone, Japan from 13-15 February 2017. 

  • Telma Paredes

    Telma Paredes, embajadora de la conservación en Ecuador


    Telma Paredes, 36, trabaja con el Ministerio del Ambiente de Ecuador y acaba de terminar su tésis titulada “Análisis de la gobernanza del patrimonio de áreas naturales del Ecuador continental”. Ella trabaja apasionadamente por la protección y la buena...


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