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  • Simien National Park, Ethiopia Simien National Park in Ethiopia has been taken off the List of World Heritage in Danger at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Kraków, Poland. The site is home to rare species, such as the Gelada baboon. Photo: © IUCN / Tilman Jaeger

    Ethiopian park comes off World Heritage ‘danger list’ but challenges remain

    04.07.2017

    Simien National Park in Ethiopia has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting, taking place this week in Kraków, Poland. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Committee’s...

  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico - a fishing port on the coast of Gulf of Mexico Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage, pushing the vaquita to the brink and depleting forests – IUCN

    30.06.2017

    Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year, putting some of the world’s most...

  • Golden snub-nosed monkey, Hubei Shennongjia, China Hubei Shennongjia provides habitat for numerous rare species such as the Endangered golden snub-nosed monkey and the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander – the world’s largest amphibian. Photo: IUCN / Bruce Jefferies

    Wilderness areas are fast declining and World Heritage can protect them, says IUCN report

    26.06.2017

    New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas, and large landscapes and seascapes, as they are increasingly threatened, including by climate...

  • Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Photo: WWF, 2012

    Mexican World Heritage site is in danger as vaquita faces extinction, according to IUCN

    08.06.2017

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends in-danger status for Mexico’s World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, after a mission confirmed the vaquita – the smallest and most endangered species of...

  • Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire (c) IUCN Youssouph Diedhiou Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire Photo: IUCN / Youssouph Diedhiou

    IUCN says Ivorian park should come off World Heritage ‘danger list’ as chimps make comeback

    02.06.2017

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends withdrawing in-danger status from Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire after seeing chimps and elephants return to the park. IUCN also recommends the Landscapes of Dauria in Russia and...

  • Producers clubs in Mozambique practice climate-smart agriculture Photo: Maria Ana Borges

    Value chains for sustainable and inclusive development in Mozambique

    01.06.2017

    Blog by Maria Ana Borges -- My recent trip to Mozambique for the SUSTAIN-Africa Initiative included consultation and engagement with small and big businesses. During these discussions, we often talked about the challenging economic conditions for...

  • Samburu Women Group working with Ol Pejeta's enterprise department to market community beadwork artifacts. Samburu Women Group working with Ol Pejeta's enterprise department to market community beadwork artifacts. Photo: Chris Peken

    Ol Pejeta – Improving Community Livelihoods through Conservation

    21.05.2017

    Ol Pejeta Conservancy, set on 90,000 acres in Laikipia County in Kenya, works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for reinvestment in conservation and...

  • Qinghai Hoh Xil, China - Chimed Ochir Bazarsad Qinghai Hoh Xil, China - Tibetan wild yak Photo: IUCN / Chimed Ochir Bazarsad

    IUCN recommends listing key habitats for species conservation as World Heritage

    19.05.2017

    The advisory body on natural World Heritage, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, recommends World Heritage status for three sites nominated for their outstanding natural value. IUCN also recommends danger-listing for the Cerrado Protected...

  • A student following a MOOC from home A student following a MOOC from home - Un étudiant suit un MOOC depuis la maison Photo: IUCN

    Bridging the capacity development gap in Africa

    18.05.2017

    Africa’s protected areas, and the prolific wildlife that they protect, face significant and increasing threats (poaching, climate change, habitat reduction, etc.). Establishing protected areas alone does not guarantee the fulfillment of conservation...

  • SAGCOT fields Photo: Deviah Aiama

    Unlocking investment in sustainable landscapes is critical for inclusive green growth, according to new report

    16.05.2017

    Kigali, Rwanda – Business participation and investment in sustainable landscapes is critical for achieving inclusive green growth, according to a new report released here today at the Forest and Landscape Investment Forum.  

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