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  • In the spotlight:

    New natural World Heritage sites

    Four outstanding natural areas recommended for inscription by IUCN are among the new sites added to the World Heritage List. These include crucial habitats for iconic plant and animal species, many of them threatened. The inscriptions were approved at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting in Kraków, Poland.

  • In the spotlight:

    Iroise, the jewel of France's west coast

    The Iroise Marine Nature Park, the first marine protected area in France, achieved IUCN Green List status in 2014. It was created in 2007 off the coast of Finistère between the islands of Ushant, Molène and Sein and the coasts of Crozon headland and Douarnenez, and protection for 350,000 hectares of ocean.

  • In the spotlight:

    Ol Pejeta – Improving Community Livelihoods through Conservation

    The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Green List site, has recently won the 'Community Award' at the World Travel and Tourism Council Congress for its innovative approach to tourism, conservation and the local communities surrounding the conservancy.  Ol Pejeta is home to 114 critically endangered Black Rhino, and is one of the few conservancies globally able to cover the lion's share of its operating costs through its own sustainable revenues, including by running a novel wildlife/livestock integration model.  

  • 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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