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  • Photo: Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa

    Marine Protected Areas: global standards for success


    This is an invitation for a short consultation on whether all the existing IUCN policies, standards, recommendations and guidance have been captured in IUCN’s global conservation standards to Marine Protected Areas. The deadline to share your...

  • Photo: IPCA gathering in Canada

    Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs): Pathway to achieving Target 11 in Canada through reconciliation


    Worldwide, there is mounting recognition of the significant role Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) and Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conservation Areas (ICCA) can play in biodiversity conservation and the protection of culture heritage. At...

  • The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan Photo: Rory Moore

    Azerbaijan to create the first Marine Protected Area in the Caspian Sea


    Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Caspian Sea, the largest inland body of water on the planet. The new MPA will seek to protect...

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