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  • Arial view of dense forest cover in the Core Zone, Rio Platano. Photo: Tilman Jaeger, IUCN

    World Heritage in danger: two natural sites added
    22.06.2011

    The Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.
  • Emperor angelfish in the Red Sea, Egypt Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Christian Laufenberg

    More support needed to boost Arab natural World Heritage
    21.06.2011

    With only two natural sites added to the World Heritage List in 15 years there is a need to review the process of nominating natural World Heritage Sites in Arab States, a new IUCN report has found.
  • Reservoir shoreline, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the road to recovery
    21.06.2011

    Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in the eastern Himalaya foothills of India has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.
  • The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List. Photo: IUCN Pedro Rosabal

    Get latest news on World Heritage Sites
    10.06.2011

    New remarkable natural and cultural sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, June 19-29. A total of 42 sites will be considered for inscription this year.
  • IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre 'unplugs' for Earth Hour Photo: IUCN/Ewa Magiera

    Message from IUCN's Director General for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, 26 March
    24.03.2011

    A message from IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, Saturday 26 March.
  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests
    21.03.2011

    The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various...
  • Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana Photo: Samuel Kofi Nyame

    Raise the value of forests, says IUCN
    01.02.2011

    A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies,...
  • PNN Defensores del Chaco Photo: Freddy Chávez, Nativa 2010

    Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN
    07.12.2010

    Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth
    29.10.2010

    Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s...
  • Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i Photo: J Tamelander / IUCN

    World Heritage goes marine – Hawai’i and Phoenix Islands Added
    30.08.2010

    Six new natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting which closed in Brasilia last night. The Committee also updated its List of World Heritage in Danger.
  • La Reunion, Piton cabris, copyright IUCN Wendy Strahm Photo: IUCN

    New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown
    02.08.2010

    Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also...
  • Knuckles Mountain Range, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka Photo: IUCN Vinod B. Mathur

    Hawai’i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List
    31.07.2010

    The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawai’i were added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in Brasilia. The Committee continues its consideration of natural sites for inscription.
  • Atsinanana, Andohahela, copyright Geoffroy Mauvais, IUCN Photo: IUCN

    World Heritage in Danger: two natural sites listed
    30.07.2010

    Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual...
  • sand dunes in the Alashan Desert, north western China. Photo: Andrew Goudie Photo: Andrew Goudie

    Deserts on the World Heritage List: Filling the gaps
    27.07.2010

    Deserts are not just arid, inhospitable places, they are unique and fragile environments and surprisingly full of life. But only a few deserts are World Heritage Sites, despite them covering one third of the earth’s land surface, says IUCN.
  • Central Amazon Conservation Complex, Brazil Photo: Protected Planet

    Protecting our World Heritage
    25.07.2010

    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee opened its annual meeting today in Brasilia. The Committee will add new outstanding natural and cultural places to the list of World Heritage sites. IUCN plays a key role in the meeting as the advisory body assessing...

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