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IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

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  • In the spotlight:

    Nominate now for innovation in MPAs!

    Nominate someone who is taking bold steps in protecting our most valued resources in Marine Protected Areas! The Kenton Miller Award recognises invaluable and innovative work with a 5,000 USD grant, provides international recognition by their peers and accompanying citation.

    The award will be conferred at IMPAC4, the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, taking place in September 2017 in Chile.


  • In the spotlight:

    Setting the WCPA agenda

    The Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (PNNC) hosted this year’s annual WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.  The meeting was the first since Kathy MacKinnon was elected Chair and focused on the Commission’s achievements and challenges, the 2017-2020 Joint Work Programme with the IUCN Global Protected Areas programme, the WCPA, and the World Heritage programme. 

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  • Vindelälven in Sweden is a Ramsar Site

    Protected Planet in May: of wetlands and vertices


    Protected Planet is home to the World Database on Protected Areas, the most comprehensive database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. The database is updated on a monthly basis from more than 500 different data providers in over 240 countries and...

  • Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) at Neds Corner Station, a 300 km2 former grazing property in the state of Victoria, Australia, now owned and run as a PPA by the Trust for Nature

    Privately protected areas: advances and challenges


    Protected areas exist under a range of governance types. However, those run by private entities (non-profit organisations, for-profit organisations and individuals) have not always received much attention from the international community. These areas are...

  • Southern white rhinos grazing on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    IUCN Director General’s statement on International Day for Biological Diversity 2017


    How often do we credit our planet’s biological diversity with keeping us healthy, relaxed and inspired? Probably not often enough. Yet we all know it. Instinctively. We know that what we seek to relax: a walk in nature; a wonderful trip to the beach.  Or...

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