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    Nature's real life heroes: World Ranger Day 2017

    World Ranger Day recognises and celebrates the accomplishments and work done by rangers around the world, giving their lives to protect natural and cultural resources, and commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. There are different approaches that help rangers get the work done.

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    Integrated planning for biodiversity and climate change in Colombia

    The relation between natural preserved areas and urban areas is not always clear. Including conservation activities in local planning can help prevent socio-environmental conflicts, preserve biodiversity, and combat climate change.

    The Integrated planning for biodiversity and resilience to climate change project does exactly that. 

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    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.

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  • Dr George Rabb

    Some Reflections on George Rabb

    02.08.2017

    Prominent conservationist George Rabb, who chaired the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) from 1989 to 1996, passed away on 28 July. Close friend and colleague, and Chair of the Commission between 2008 and 2016 Simon Stuart reflects on George’s...

  • IUCN at the UNWTO China

    Measuring Sustainable Tourism and the IUCN Green List

    28.07.2017

    Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness, and the protection of cultural and natural assets. IUCN China was invited to the 6th UNWTO International Conference on...

  • Adama Tondossama and team, Comoé National Park

    Ivorian parks DG speaks on Comoé National Park’s removal from World Heritage ‘danger list’

    25.07.2017

    A key decision of the World Heritage Committee in 2017 was the removal of Côte d’Ivoire’s Comoé National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger, following IUCN’s advice. IUCN – the World Heritage Convention’s advisory body on nature – caught up with...

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