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  • ACT! 30 IUCN Young Professionals met in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site prior to WPC 2014 Photo: Rebecca Koss

    Apply now - WCPA and CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme

    11.12.2018

    CoalitionWILD and the WCPA are accepting applications to the 2019 Global Mentorship Programme, pairing conservation veterans with emerging leaders for a 12-month intergenerational exchange. Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee by 15 January.

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    Early Registration Announcement for ICMMPA5

    05.12.2018

    Early Registration for the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas is now Open!

  • Natura è Benessere; Nature Is Wellbeing; children on the grass; rolling on the grass Feeling free ,by rolling on the grass. Photo: Angela Tavone

    #NatureForAll, Wellbeing for kids

    05.12.2018

    The #NatureForAll CEC-WCPA campaign and the Children&Nature Network proposals have been implemented in Italy. A Pilot Project launched by the Ministry of Public Health promotes educational initiatives in Nature and in Protected Areas to improve children’s...

  • Privately Protected Areas Management BPG Photo: IUCN

    Privately Protected Areas Management Guidelines

    20.11.2018

    The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is pleased to announce the publication of Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas produced by the IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship...

  • Pathfinder Award 2018 winner - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust Mirjam de Koning of Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust receiving the award (Winner) from Dr Yasmine Fouad (Minister, Egypt) during CBD COP14 Photo: IUCN

    Supporting protected areas across boundaries in the Balkans - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust wins the 2018 Pathfinder Award

    19.11.2018

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as well as WildArk – A Movement for the Wild are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Pathfinder Award for innovation in nature...

  • Locally managed marine protected area, Lefaga Bay, Upolu island, Samoa Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Imène Meliane

    Report shows 15% of terrestrial and 7% of marine areas now covered by protected areas

    18.11.2018

    Around 15% of the world’s terrestrial area is better safeguarded by conservation measures, as well as over 7% of the world’s oceans, ensuring the world is on track to meet important conservation targets, according to the latest Protected Planet Report.

  • Isle of Vilm, Germany Photo: Trevor Sandwith/IUCN

    Going for Green in Egypt

    02.11.2018

    The International Nature Conservation Academy on the Island of Vilm in northern Germany was host to a workshop focused on the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Area over the weekend of 26-27 October. It included the first ever formal meeting of the...

  • IUCN Statement Photo: IUCN

    IUCN deeply alarmed at capital offence charge against Iran conservationists

    26.10.2018

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature is deeply disturbed as five IUCN member conservationists, including members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), are charged with crimes punishable by death in Iran.

  • Kathy MacKinnon IUCN WCPA Chair Photo: IUCN

    IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Chair Dr Kathy MacKinnon wins top conservation prize

    11.10.2018

    Dr Kathy MacKinnon, a British zoologist, has won the Midori Prize for Biodiversity, a prestigious conservation award.

  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, China - World Heritage site Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a World Heritage site in China Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

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