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IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 closes today in Sydney

New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage

Sydney, 18 November 2014– Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, released t

Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction

Green is the new gold

Green Listing defines excellence in managing valuable natural areas

Sustainable tourism in protected areas can be critical for their survival, says new IUCN report

Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014 (IUCN) – Increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, provided well-functioning management systems are in place, according to a new report unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congr

Catlin Seaview Survey publishes ‘game-changing visual record’ of Great Barrier Reef

The Catlin Seaview Survey announced today that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record.

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Sydney, 14 November 2014 –Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment rev

New UNEP Report Unveils World on Track to Meet 2020 Target for Protected Areas on Land and Sea

15.4 Per Cent of Terrestrial Areas, 3.4 Per Cent of Oceans Protected, but Further Progress Needed to Cover and Effectively Manage Areas of Importance for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

United States and Kiribati Sign Historic Cooperative Arrangement to Protect Vital Marine Habitat in the Pacific

International Conservation Partnership on “Phoenix Ocean Arc” will Benefit 489,000 Square Nautical Miles of Ocean; Builds on President Obama’s Action to Expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Positive outlook for two thirds of natural World Heritage sites, says IUCN

Sydney, Australia, 13 November 2014 (IUCN) – Over 60% of natural areas inscribed on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time, while others face critical threats such as invasive species, impact of tourism, poaching, dams and logging, according to the IUCN World Heritage

Global forum on protected areas puts nature at the heart of a sustainable future

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 opens today in Sydney

A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet’s biodiversity, say experts

Only One in Four Protected Areas is Well Managed

Sydney gears up for once-in-a decade global conservation event

Tomorrow marks World Parks Day and Sydney counts down to host the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, a major international event which will shape national parks management for the next ten years and beyond, said NSW Deputy Chief Executive National Parks and Wildlife Service, Michael Wright.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across th

Fleet growing for ‘Mua’ – the sailing voyage to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

More Pacific Island countries are climbing aboard the ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ voyage to help convey the ‘one Pacific voice’ to the world, with the number of traditional voyaging canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 rapidly growing into a fleet.

Dr. Jane Goodall Launches World Parks Congress Education Program

Renowned environmentalist, Dr. Jane Goodall, launched the IUCN World Parks Congress education program at Rose Bay Secondary College today, encouraging students to find inspiring solutions for parks, people and the planet.

Stunning Photos Capture Local Natural Wonder

A spectacular display of photos taken of the Gwydir wetlands in flood is in Ashford and Warialda in March and April as part of a travelling roadshow around the north-west.

Australia to host the World Parks Congress in 2014

Australia will welcome thousands of environment leaders from across the globe after securing the right to host the prestigious IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park.

Australia to host IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014

A landmark global forum on parks and protected areas is to be hosted in Australia in November 2014. The IUCN World Parks Congress takes place only once every 10 years, and is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management.