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    Keobel Sakuma from Palau presented with the Kenton Miller Award

    Congratulations to Keobel Sakuma from Palau for winning the Kenton Miller Award for innovation in protected area management! Keobel represents the team who developed and established the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, making up 100% of Palau’s national marine area.

  • In the spotlight:

    Keobel Sakuma from Palau presented with the Kenton Miller Award

    Congratulations to Keobel Sakuma from Palau for winning the Kenton Miller Award for innovation in protected area management! Keobel represents the team who developed and established the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, making up 100% of Palau’s national marine area.

  • In the spotlight:

    Keobel Sakuma from Palau presented with the Kenton Miller Award

    Congratulations to Keobel Sakuma from Palau for winning the Kenton Miller Award for innovation in protected area management! Keobel represents the team who developed and established the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act, making up 100% of Palau’s national marine area.

  • In the spotlight:

    Global shift in Marine Protected Area analysis and reporting

    The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and IUCN have launched the Marine Protected Planet Interactive - the world’s most authoritative and ambitious platform for information about ocean protection. As of September 2017, Marine Protected Areas cover 6.35% of the ocean.

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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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  • Catarata dos Couros, Chapada dos Veadeiros NP

    Governance of Protected Areas and Urban Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines available in Portuguese

    20.10.2017

    Two key publications from the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series, Governance of Protected Areas, and Urban Protected Areas, have been translated into Portuguese, with the support of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit...

  • A south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoo, which lives in south-eastern Australia. Only about 1,500 birds remain; however, it still faces ongoing  habitat loss. Offsetting is often used as a response.

    Conservation policy in the spotlight

    19.10.2017

    In her pursuit to build effective conservation policy and management, Martine Maron from the University of Queensland, Australia is currently researching compensatory conservation and the controversial example of ...

  • Golden Snub Nosed Monkey, Hubei Shennongjia, China

    Three priorities for China's national park programme

    12.10.2017

    With the introduction on 26 September of its comprehensive programme, China’s national park system enters its implementation phase. This raises questions about what kind of park is being established, who will manage it and how ordinary people will benefit.

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