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INSPIRING PLACES: Azerbaijan to create first MPA in the Caspian Sea
INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Conflict resolution strategy for Kahuzi-Biega NP, DRC; Health and well-being; Securing Indo-Burma's wetlands and communities

PANORAMA: Exciting times ahead for Solutions for a Healthy Planet

BIOPAMA: IUCN-SPREP partnership for protected and conserved areas in the Pacific
IUCN Green List: Protected area governance, equity and the Green List in Kenya, February Bulletin
#NatureForAll: Success Story: Students On Ice Foundation
GOVERNANCE: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs): achieving Target 11 in Canada through reconciliation; LATEST NEWS: CPAWS celebrates 'historic investment' in nature conservation in Federal Budget 2018
Promise of Sydney: Brazil on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic

Hot off the press: IUCN Annual report 2017; NAPA 116; Protected areas: challenges and responses for the coming decade; Degradation of nature is contributing to conflict – can we reverse the trend?; IUCN in the news: Denmark's protected areas; DOPA Explorer 2.0 – Better information promotes and protects global biodiversity; IUCN WCPA North America Newsletter, The Stivardr, and more...

Events and Get involved: Symposium - Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy, and more..

You can also sign up to receive the bi-annual email update with the latest developments of PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet initiative, which promotes specific examples of solutions in conservation and sustainable development.

Protecting the Planet newsletter

January 2018


INSPIRING PEOPLE: Ivane Kupradze, a Georgian hero; INSPIRING PLACES: Sonoma County’s new approach to the State Parks System; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: African Eurasian Flyway partnership for migratory birds; IUCN Green List: Georgia goes Green List, January Bulletin; WORLD HERITAGE: IUCN reviews eight World Heritage nominations for 2018; #NatureForAll: Comca’ac Indigenous Community and Climate Change; CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: MOOCs and protected areas capacity building: where we stand; GOVERNANCE: Protected area governance in Georgia; Non-state protected area governance in Kenya; Hot off the press: NAPA 115; Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas in the north-western Mediterranean sub-region; New partnership to showcase Pacific Islands' achievements in protecting biodiversity ; Events and Get involved: Open Call for the testing and application of the IUCN Green List Sustainability Standard in Natura 2000 sites; Symposium - Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy, and more...

December 2017

INSPIRING PEOPLE: Dan Laffoley - IUCN's Neptune; INSPIRING PLACES: Revillagigedo, the Mexican Galápagos; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: A science-based management for subantarctic ecosystems; PANORAMA: Be part of the solution!; The IUCN Green List latest events; WORLD HERITAGE: From Hawaiʻi to Delhi: Nature-Culture Journey continues; #NatureForAll: Success Story: The Campus Club Network - Parks Canada; GOVERNANCE: ICCAs in Africa; CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: Species Conservation and Law Enforcement MOOCs; Protected area restoration training in Myanmar ; Capacity development by the IUCN WCPA; Hot off the press: Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management, NAPA 114; Participative scenario planning by Ignacio Palomo; El legado Kawésqar; Voices from the reef (video); Events and Get involved

November 2017

A new wave of ‘Green List’ conservation success; Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by; climate change nearly doubles in three years; Celebrating the third anniversary of the Promise of Sydney; INSPIRING PEOPLE: Carolina and the Kawésqar legacy; INSPIRING PLACES: From rice to lotus in Viet Nam; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: PANORAMA tells the story of REDPARQUES; PANORAMA: Agriculture and Biodiversity theme launched in Bonn; The IUCN Green List goes global; #NatureForAll: Success Story:  New Zealand’s Great Walks; Hot off the press: PARKS Issue 23.2, NAPA 113; Events and Get involved

October 2017

New commitments for BIOPAMA and IUCN; Inspiring People: Conservation policy in the spotlight with WCPA member Martine Maron; Inspiring Places: Gran Paradiso, the hunting reserve that saved the Ibex
Inspiring Solutions: Planning a park from an Indigenous cosmovision; Launch of IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2; #NatureForAll: Success Story - Wildlife Clubs of Kenya; Marine: The Last Frontier: film calling for science for the high seas; Hot off the press: IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines Nos. 20 and 22 now available in Portuguese; Events and Get involved

September 2017

IMPAC4, Chile: Bringing people and the ocean together; Inspiring people: Kenton Miller Award announced; Inspiring Places: Marine Protected Areas now cover 6.35% of the global ocean; Inspiring Solutions: Blue Solutions at IMPAC4; Land Use Planning: Solutions for climate change in Tanzania and Zambia; First anniversary of #NatureForAll; In memoriam: Dr Jan ČEŘOVSKÝ, former IUCN Vice President;; Hot off the press; Events and Get involved

August 2017

International Marine Protectes Areas Congress - IMPAC4, Chile; Inspiring people: Wayne Lotter; Inspiring Places: Canada's newest and largest MPA: Tallurutiup Imanga - Lancaster Sound; Inspiring Solutions: Migratory tracking and cossidor protection in Mumbai; World Heritage: Benefits project to help sustainability action; Anna's Forest, a #NatureForAll; European Parks' Academy - a new training format for PA professionals; Some reflections on George Rabb; Hot off the press; Events and Get involved

July 2017 - World Heritage Edition

WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE 2017: IUCN experts advise UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee; Take-home messages from Kraków; Inspiring people: Interview with Adama Tondossama, the Ivorian Parks DG; Inspiring Places: Key habitats among new World Heritage sites; Inspiring Solutions: New digital lab for World Heritage Analyses; Launch of the LIFE Green List for the Natura 2000 project; Measuring sustainable tourism and the IUCN Green List; PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet; World Heritage: Next stop: IUCN Outlook 2017 update; Governance: Indigenous Peoples speak on World Heritage; Integrated PLanning: San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia; #NatureForAll: #SuccessStorySunday; World Ranger Day: Nature's real life heroes; Awards: Kenton Miller Award 2017 finalists announced; Hot off the press; Events and Get involved

June 2017 

INSPIRING PEOPLE: Graeme Worboys; INSPIRING PLACES: Iroise, the jewel of France's west coast; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Olive Ridley sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica; Green List: LIFE project; PANORAMA: Solutions in Focus: Communities protecting marine resources; WORLD HERITAGE: New IUCN guidance on World Heritage and wilderness; BIOPAMA: Supporting the needs of ACP countries since 2012; ATURE FOR ALL: Suits, Ties and a Celebrity Goodwill Ambassador; AWARDS: The International Ranger Federation & The Thin Green Line Foundation Awards; IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Pedro Alcolado, Cuba’s Reef Champion; Hot off the press, Events, Get involved.

May 2017

Two days left to nominate for the Kenton Miller Award: Innovation in Marine Protected Areas; INSPIRING PEOPLE:  Roger Crofts; INSPIRING PLACES: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Ecotourism in Cambodia; GREEN LIST: Gaining momentum in Asia; PANORAMA: Expanding horizons
WORLD HERITAGE: Key habitats for species conservation recommended for World Heritage List
#NATURE FOR ALL: #NatureForAll Playbook Launch; CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT:  Bridging the capacity development gap in Africa (aussi en français); PROTECTED PLANET: Protected Planet in May: of wetlands and vertice; GOVERNANCE: Privately protected areas: advances and challenges; HOT OFF THE PRESS; NEWS related to our work; GET INVOLVED; IUCN Protected Areas online.

April 2017

Nominate now for the Kenton Miller Award; WCPA: Setting the WCPA agenda; INSPIRING PEOPLE:  Two heroes inspire their communities in the DRC; INSPIRING PLACES: Governance diversity for Belize; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: A Citizen Science App to help save Hector's dolphins; PANORAMA: Protected area solutions and Earth Optimism; WORLD HERITAGE: Protecting the Arctic from ships and oil is urgent as ice melts; #NATURE FOR ALL: Celebrating success stories; HOT OFF THE PRESS: Aquaculture and MPAs, News on African Protected Areas (NAPA) 107 & 108,...; NEWS related to our work: The Stivardr, ...; GET INVOLVED: The European Parks’ Academy (EPA),...; IUCN Protected Areas online. 

March 2017

​INSPIRING PEOPLE:  Telma Paredes, conservation ambassador in Ecuador; INSPIRING PLACES: Bururi, the link between heaven and earth; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Traditional knowledge safeguarding the Colombian Amazon; PANORAMA: Discover the 300th PANORAMA solution; BIOPAMA: Pacific Islands commit to improve protected area data; WORLD HERITAGE: First update of IUCN World Heritage Outlook to be completed in 2017, and; Paper reveals severity of human footprint and forest loss in World Heritage sites; #NATURE FOR ALL; HOT OFF THE PRESS: Adapting to Climate Change Best Practice Guidelines, PARKS 23.1,...; NEWS related to our work; GET INVOLVED; IUCN Protected Areas online. 

February 2017

​INSPIRING PEOPLE:  Heliodoro Sánchez Páez; INSPIRING PLACES: Canada protects unique glass sponge reefs; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Local marine management and family planning in Madagascar; PANORAMA: Gender Mainstreaming Solutions webinar : 9 March; BIOPAMA: Tools and services for protected areas at their best; GREEN LIST update; #NATURE FOR ALL: Be A Part Of The World's Greatest Love Story, and IndieFEST Film Award; HOT OFF THE PRESS: IUCN annual report 2016, Protected Areas In-Sight,...; NEWS related to our work: Transboundary Prespa finally ratified,...; GET INVOLVED: Farming for Biodiversity, ...; IUCN Protected Areas online. 

January 2017

INSPIRING PEOPLE: “Good Steward” Award for WCPA's Julia Miranda Londoño; INSPIRING PLACES: Pulau Tioman, a key Malaysian ecosystem; INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Private MPA management through ecotourism; PANORAMA: Solutions in Focus: Transboundary Protected Area Solutions; BIOPAMA’s year in images; WORLD HERITAGE: Nine nominations for natural sites in 2017 reviewed by IUCN World Heritage Panel; WETLANDS: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction; ALBANIA: Celebration for protected area cooperation in Albania; HOT OFF THE PRESS: African Heritage and its sustainable development (UNESCO), The Youth Solutions Report; NEWS related to our work; GET INVOLVED; SAVE THE DATE; IUCN Protected Areas online. 


December 2016

Riding The Wave For Marine Conservation At UN Biodiversity Summit (CBD COP13); Kin, a man of the jungle, saving the jungle, Chiapas, Mexico; From 'Paper Park' to a Model Protected Area in Mongolia; Better Alliances, Better Forests (Mexico); PANORAMA: Ecosystem-based Adaptation Solutions launched in Cancún; IUCN Green List makes Mexican waves; BIOPAMA: Open data for better decision making within protected areas; Significant progress for global protected areas coverage: Protected Planet update; International Mountain Day: a time to reflect on mountain landscapes and mountain people; Wilderness Protected Areas: Management guidelines for IUCN Category 1b protected areas; News, Hot off the press; Get involved; Save the date: International MPA Congress 2017. View the December newsletter

November 2016

Ross Sea to become world's largest marine protection area; Jeanette Koelsch: climate change and indigenous culture in Alaska; Safety net: climate change response and recovery in the Philippines; Park agencies collaborate to tackle climate change impacts; PANORAMA webinar: Transboundary Protected Area solutions; The IUCN Green List and Climate Change; Green List Masterclass at the EUROPARC Conference; BIOPAMA: We are all in this canoe together; World Heritage Committee meeting concludes in Paris; #NatureForAll; UNFCCC - COP 22; CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - COP 13; Hot off the press; Get involved

October 2016

IUCN World Conservation Congress; Lawrence S. (Larry) Hamilton 1925-2016; Chitwan National Park – home of the one-horned rhino; Achieving equitable governance in China's Huangshan; Ashiq Ahmad Khan wins the Kenton Miller Award 2016; Fred M. Packard Awards: honouring outstanding service to protected areas around the globe; Meet the Heritage Hero voted by the public – Bibhuti Lahkar; PANORAMA:A new online platform and strong partnership for conservation optimism; BIOPAMA at the IUCN Congress; World Heritage: New IUCN-ICCROM nature-culture project for sustainable development in World Heritage; #Nature for All: Connecting people to nature is a key outcome of the IUCN Congress; Protected Planet; Hot off the press. View the full newsletter

(There was no September newsletter because the IUCN World Conservation Congress took place that month)

August 2016

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 Stivard; WWF Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas. View the full newsletter

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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