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  • Could conservation become a new investment asset class?

    A new IUCN-backed report released yesterday identifies three new investment structures that could help catalyse finance to meet the world’s pressing environmental challenges and sustainable growth goals.
  • Lead mining adjacent to Thung Yai National Park, Thailand

    Making the case for a net positive impact on biodiversity

    Exploring how a Net Positive Impact (NPI) approach on biodiversity can enable the private sector to better manage biodiversity and contribute to global conservation is the focus of two new papers released today under the auspices of the NPI Alliance.
  • Nominate your Heritage Hero!

    Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a  natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person  recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! Update: nominations are now closed
  • Park rangers

    Designe a su Héroe de Patrimonio

    ¿Conoce a alguien que esté realizando una labor excepcional en materia de conservación para un sitio natural de Patrimonio Mundial? ¿Le gustaría que esta persona recibiera un reconocimiento por su ejemplar contribución? Si es así, comuníquenoslo.
  • Park rangers

    Proposez votre héros du patrimoine !

    Connaissez-vous quelqu'un qui fait un travail de conservation remarquable pour un site du patrimoine mondial naturel ? Aimeriez-vous voir cette personne reconnue pour sa contribution exemplaire ? Si oui, contactez-nous! Info: les candidatures sont...
  • Turtle in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

    Watching over the universal worth of Tubbataha Reefs’ paradise of blue

    What does marine paradise look like? Imagine pristine coral reef, turquoise blue lagoons, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Such a paradise exists on Earth, in Tubbataha Reefs National Park in the Philippines.
  • Tendal Waterfall, Los Katíos National Park, Colombia

    The List of World Heritage in Danger is not a disgrace, but an opportunity

    A key success of 2015 was the removal of Colombia’s Los Katíos National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger. It was danger-listed in 2009 at the request of the government, after suffering extensive damage from illegal activities. The park authority...
  • Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria

    This is a woman’s world (heritage)

    Working as a female expert in a largely male-dominated sector as nature conservation can present challenges. This is especially the case in cultures where women in charge are often perceived negatively, such as in the Arab region. Haifaa Abdulhalim is one...
  • IUCN World Heritage Panel 2015

    Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016

    IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the...
  • Fisherman in the Philippines

    Why the new policy on sustainable development for World Heritage is a crucial step forward

    Towards the end of 2015, the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention adopted a policy on sustainable development. This is a major step in ensuring that World Heritage sites contribute to socioeconomic well-being in a sustainable manner with long-...
  • Earth inside water droplet

    Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future

    Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.
  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

    IUCN salutes new UNESCO status for Global Geoparks

    Geological areas designated as part of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) have now gained a higher status of recognition, following a decision to label them as UNESCO sites. This move is welcome by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, whose...
  • View from UNESCO Building, Paris

    Nine countries elected to the World Heritage Committee

    Nine States Parties have been elected to the World Heritage Committee: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Indonesia, Kuwait, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. They take the place of Algeria, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia...
  • Increasingly severe droughts caused by climate change are stripping many of the world’s most vulnerable people of the land they need to grow their food.

    Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN

    Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate.
  • Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, World Heritage site, Denmark

    Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joins marine World Heritage

    IUCN, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and New York-based  Natural Resource Defense Council to explore the potential for new  World Heritage sites in the Arctic region.
  • Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

    Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN

    Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK.
  • The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD

    Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples' rights

    Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’...
  • Doctors prescribing nature, NPS

    Read the latest Protected Areas newsletter: Improving health and well-being

     Protecting the Planet: Improving health and well-being, November 2015
  • Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

    IUCN and UNESCO welcome no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm...
  • Sargasso Sea

    IUCN and UNESCO explore how World Heritage can protect the high seas

    Watch this video to learn why IUCN has joined forces with UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage Programme to explore how the World Heritage Convention could protect the high seas.
  • Amboseli National Park, Kenya

    Halting land degradation, holistically

    For the next 10 days IUCN experts will be supporting decision makers from 195 countries as they discuss solutions to the issues of desertification, land degradation and drought which are plaguing many areas of the world.
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

    Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

    "Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED...
  • Global Goals

    Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

    The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.  
  • Okavango Delta, a Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage Site

    World Heritage status for wilderness helps respond to climate change

    Nature experts, including several IUCN specialists, are calling for a new approach to conserving wilderness areas under the World Heritage Convention in a paper published today in Conservation Letters. Inscribing wilderness sites on the World Heritage List...
  • Ariel Brunner of BirdLife Europe

    The pros and cons of biodiversity offsets

    Protecting forests and restoring wetlands are some of the actions companies and governments are taking to make up for biodiversity lost as a result of their development activities. These measurable conservation actions - designed to compensate for...


Last updated - Tue, 16 Jan 2018
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