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  • 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...

  • GIS Bioportal Photo: IUCN

    National portal of protected areas launched in Montenegro

    14.06.2017

    The CGIS Bioportal of Montenegro is the most up to date and complete source of information on protected areas in the country. Launched by the Agency for Environmental Protection of Montenegro on the 25th May, it is now a publicly available online platform...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ecosystem solutions Photo: Zavod za zaštitu kult.-istorij. i prirodnog nasljeđa RS

    Scoping Studies on Ecosystem Services for DRR and CCA

    16.05.2017

    As part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen application of Nature based Solutions in South Eastern Europe ECARO is conducting two Scoping Studies on Ecosystem Services and their role in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, one for Albania...

  • Mavrovo, Macedonia Photo: T.Pezold

    Law on Nature protection prepared in FYR Macedonia

    16.05.2017

    Within the successfully completed EU IPA funded project "Capacity building for implementation of Natura 2000”, alongside introduction of the concept of the EU ecological network Natura 2000, the new Law on Nature Protection and...

  • Divjaka-Karavasta Nature Park Photo: IUCN

    The future of Divjaka-Karavasta National Park under threat

    16.05.2017

    The Mediterranean Wetlands Alliance sent an open letter on the 26th April 2017 to the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, and the Minister of Environment, Mr. Lefter Koka, expressing concern about the Master Plan “Resort Divjakë Albania” and its planned...

  • Brown Bear in Montenegro Photo: National Parks of Montenegro

    A brown bear wakes up in Montenegro

    16.05.2017

    With the coming of springtime much of the nature wakes up after the period of hibernation. A brown bear (Ursus arctos) is recorded on camera trap in one of the last European virgin forests in National Park Biogradska Gora, northern Montenegro.

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