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This month's main topics: 

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Protected Planet Pavilion
  • Global status of protected areas: Protected Planet Report 2016
  • Awards
  • PANORAMA: Sharing solutions through the Panorama partnership: Platform launch and celebration
  • BIOPAMA: Pacific capacity-building workshop to achieve Aichi Targets
  • The Promise of Sydney Journey
  • World Heritage and Nature Culture journeys
  • Vote for your World Heritage Heroes
  • WCPA Young Professionals
  • How effective are Albanian Protected Areas?
  • Privately protected areas: The Stivardr
  • WWF Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas 
  • Follow the congress online


July 2016

World Heritage as litmus test for action on agreements; IUCN mourns loss of environmental champion Luc Hoffmann; Top areas for iconic species among new World Heritage sites; First IUCN World Heritage Outlook Partners launched; Poland to report on impacts of felling in Bialowieza Forest; Rising illegal wildlife trade threatens natural World Heritage sites; BIOPAMA: Pacific capacity-building workshop to achieve Aichi Targets; A vision for protected areas in North Eurasia; The sonic heritage of ecosystems; Panorama webinar on island solutions; WCPA meets in Vilm on OECMs; Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature Key to Protected Area Governance and Management; Restoration of Natural Ecosystems Makes Society Thrive; IUCN Blog: Women’s rights in protected areas; Hot off the press; Get involved; IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016.  View the full newsletter

June 2016

The Saviour of the Spirit Bear; El Triunfo: where sacred Quetzals roam free…; Competence-based capacity development for effective MPA management; Green List: The Tourist-Proof Region of Cerbère-Banyuls; IUCN recommends five inscriptions and three danger-listings to the World Heritage Committee; Share your knowledge on invasive species in Africa!; Webinar on Engaging young people in protected areas; Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Africa; Malaysia’s Largest Marine Park gazetted; Hot off the press: World Heritage Review no 79, World Day to Combat Desertification, NAPA newsletter no 98 & more; Get involved; IUCN World Conservation Congress. View the full newsletter

May 2016

WCPA Steering Committee in the Czech Republic; Mainstreaming biodiversity in Jamaica; Assam biosphere in India; IUCN Green List latest news; Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage; Photo gallery: Socotra after a cyclone; BIOPAMA: Decades of biodiversity data analysed; My vision for protected areas in Europe by Andrej SovincTogether against the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds; Improving management of Vietnam's Marine Protected Area network: first steps; Strengthening capacity for nature protection in Albania; The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest; Reversing PA Downgrading, Downsizing and Degazettement in Queensland; NAPA newsletter #97; IUCN World Conservation Congress.  View the full newsletter

April 2016

Bhutan: more than half for nature; Loss of a conservation heroMoses MapesaEnvironmental education promotes chimpanzee conservation in Côte d'Ivoire; Sustainable tourism solutions; Report confirms scale of threats to natural World Heritage; Improving PA management in West & Central Africa; A vision for protected areas in Central and West Africa by Charlotte Karibuhoye (EN and FR); A new treaty to conserve marine life; Young Professionals Marine Challenge; NAPA newsletter (EN and FR); Natural Neighbors: introducing urban people to their region's natural and cultural heritage; Events and courses  View the full newsletter

March 2016

North-east Asia comes together in friendship to strengthen protected areas management, Raja Ampat: The Crown Jewel of the Coral Triangle, Marine and Coastal Tourism Business Cluster Development, IUCN's Green List entering pilot phase in Vietnam, Thai World Heritage site helps community-based tourism, Tourism solutions and Protected Areas, Pacific Islands launch directions for capacity development, IUCN on International Day of Forests and World Water Day, Promoting the cultural and spiritual significance of Nature, a call for support and collaboration,The Kenton Miller Award for INNOVATION in protected area management,The Fred Packard Award for outstanding LIFELONG SERVICE to protected areas,Latest publications, articles, reports,Call for papers for World Heritage Watch forum,UNEP/WCMC SURVEY: A Global Connectivity Conservation Database (GCCD), Events and courses. View the full newsletter

February 2016: Reaching Conservation Goals

Call for nominations for the Kenton Miller Award and the Fred Packard Award; Salome Idoidze, the only female park ranger in Georgia; Assessment of individual protectes areas' contribution to environmental conventions; Barcelona Convention promotes the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas; BIOPAMA: Managing biodiversity and protected area-related data; Heritage Heroes nominations now closed; Panorama update; Imèn Meliane:    A vision for protected areas in North Africa, the Middle East and West Asia; Mongolia adopts widespread, standardized planning framework for its protected areas; The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge is thrilled to announce 16 Prize Winners!; Latest publications and articles; IUCN Connectivity Conservation Guidelines - Consultation process Courses. View the full newsletter

January 2016: World Heritage Edition 

Nominate your World Heritage Hero in 2016; Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage for 2016; Watching over the universal worth of Tubbataha Reef's paradise of blue; This is a woman's world (heritage): Haifaa Abdulhalim; Towards satellite-based monitoring of natural World Heritage sites; New policy on sustainable development for World Heritage; The List of World Heritage in Danger is not a disgrace, but an opportunity; First Panorama webinar: African protected areas solutions; BIOPAMA: commitments for large marine protected areas; Green List draft standand still open for revision; Hot off the press: Earth's legacy: Natural World Heritage; World Heritage agenda for the next decade.  View the full newsletter

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