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  • Selous Game Reserve, World Heritage, Tanzania All rivers within Selous Game Reserve belong to the Rufiji system, Tanzania's largest basin Photo: IUCN / Tilman Jaeger

    IUCN-outsourced paper finds no proof Rufiji dam project can meet Tanzania’s development needs


    A strategic environmental assessment meant to guide decisions on the Rufiji hydropower project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve World Heritage site is completely inadequate, according to an independent technical review commissioned and issued today by IUCN....

  • IUCN delegation at the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting L-R: Junya Yamaguchi, Juan Carlos Barientos, Elena Osipova, Katherine Zischka, Mizuki Murai, Tilman Jaeger, Peter Shadie, Youssouph Diedhiou, Thierry Lefebvre, Cyril Kormos, Jamili Nais Photo: IUCN

    The world’s biggest site, overruled advice, danger-listing a disincentive, mixed messages for Indigenous Peoples – IUCN’s key takeaways from the 2019 World Heritage Committee meeting


    UNESCO’s annual World Heritage Committee meeting concluded on 10 July. After gathering input from the IUCN delegation he headed at the Committee, Peter Shadie, Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, captures some take-home messages from the meeting.

  • Sangha Trinational, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Sangha Trinational, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Photo: IUCN / Hervé Lévite

    Hundreds of assessors and reviewers to take part in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is gathering input from experts around the globe to complete a new cycle of assessments for the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3. This flagship IUCN report on natural World Heritage will be published in...

  • Vaquita Gulf of California The Gulf of California in Mexico is the only place on Earth where the vaquita can be found Photo: SEMARNAT (public domain)

    The looming extinction of the vaquita puts Gulf of California on World Heritage danger list


    The World Heritage Committee today followed IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger. The site’s population of vaquitas – the world’s smallest and most endangered species of...

  • Lava lake, Erta Ale Volcano, Ethiopia Erta Ale, Ethiopia Photo: Jens-Wolfram Erben

    IUCN report makes new proposals for listing World Heritage volcanoes


    Eighteen volcanic landscapes around the globe are the most likely candidates for future inscription on the World Heritage List, according to a new IUCN study launched today at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Azerbaijan.

  • Selous Game Reserve, World Heritage, Tanzania Hippos in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    Selous reserve could lose World Heritage status if dam project goes ahead – IUCN


    The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania faces irreversible damage if plans to build the Stiegler’s Gorge dam go ahead, according to IUCN – the official advisor on natural World Heritage. Ultimately, this could lead to the reserve being removed from the World...

  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is part of the world’s largest mangrove forest, lying on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers and bordering India’s Sundarbans National Park, also a World Heritage site. Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    IUCN advises “in danger” status for three World Heritage sites


    IUCN, the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites to be listed as “World Heritage in danger”: the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North...

  • World Heritage, Terres et mers australes, France Terres et mers australes françaises, France Photo: IUCN / Wendy Strahm

    Huge sub-Antarctic area among five sites recommended by IUCN for World Heritage List


    The official advisory body on natural World Heritage, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, recommends listing four new World Heritage sites for their outstanding natural value in Brazil, France, Iceland and Iran, and approving the extension...

  • IUCN World Heritage Panel December 2017 (minus tarek) Photo: IUCN

    IUCN reviews nine new World Heritage nominations for 2019


    The IUCN World Heritage Panel met last week to evaluate site nominations proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Proposals for seven new natural heritage sites and one ‘mixed’ natural-cultural site have been submitted by state parties, as well as...

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