• Vote for your Heritage Hero


    Five outstanding individuals in three natural World Heritage sites have been shortlisted as Heritage Heroes for their exceptional work in protecting some of the world's most precious natural areas. Discover their inspiring stories and decide who will...

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    First IUCN World Heritage Outlook Partners set to translate knowledge into action in pilot sites


    Civil society organisations are joining IUCN’s efforts to boost the conservation of natural World Heritage sites facing major threats. The partnerships aim to take advantage of the knowledge provided by the IUCN World Heritage Outlook and translate it into...

  • IUCN’s partnership with the Global Environment Facility – an update


    Since gaining accreditation as a Project Agency with the Global Environment Facility in 2014, IUCN has laid important groundwork and is now set to scale up its work on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable development. For the...

  • Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i Photo: J Tamelander / IUCN

    Today defines tomorrow: World Heritage as litmus test for action on agreements


    This piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on World Heritage, the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre, as part of a special edition on the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It reflects some of the main...

  • Photo: Oliver Frankem ZSL

    A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon


    Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve from poachers – writes Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological...

  • Photo: Ben Sipa

    Tree Kangaroo conservationist wins prestigious Whitley Award


    In April 2016, Karau Kuna was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Acknowledged for his passionate work strengthening biodiversity protection in the YUS Conservation Area of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the...

  • Egg collection Photo: Nikolai Yakushev

    Giving Spoon-billed Sandpipers a head-start on the long journey back from the brink of extinction


    Marking World Migratory Bird Day 2016, Rebecca Lee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), an SOS grantee, reflects on the transformation in survival prospects for this Critically Endangered and diminutive migratory bird. Thanks to a sustained and...

  • Photo: flowerphotos / Alamy Stock Photo

    New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced a five-year partnership to provide funding to broaden the scope of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This will significantly increase...

  • Addax Photo: Rabeil/ SCF

    Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction


    Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild.

  • Photo: Pol Pintanel

    In the shadow of the volcano: race against time for the Quito rocket frog


    An imminent eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador would wipe out the last population of the Quito rocket frog. On International Save the Frogs Day, researcher Santiago Ron from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a grantee with IUCN’s...


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