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Mount Huangshan: first World Heritage site on the IUCN Green List

China’s Mount Huangshan was the first World Heritage site to achieve the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Standard, based on conservation excellence recognised in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook.

A promise made for the future of World Heritage

The aspirations for World Heritage laid out in the World Parks Congress’s ‘Promise of Sydney’ place World Heritage sites as crucial drivers of change, and models of excellence to show how protected areas can succeed as inspiring solutions for nature and people.

Mission: supporting development through biodiversity conservation

The European Union is the biggest contributor to biodiversity finance in developing countries, and with the designation of 2015 as the “European Year for Development”, the achievements of the European Union’s global action in the field of conservation will be in the spotlight.

Doing the right thing in protected areas: Collective statement from the Governance Stream at WPC 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress Stream on Enhancing the Diversity and Quality of Governance of Protected Areas has concluded with a powerful collective statement that summarizes the k

Perspective from the WCPA Chair and Deputy Chair on the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

One month ago, many of us were busily deliberating, sharing, negotiating, learning, presenting and, among many other things, catching-up with old friends and reconnecting with our networks.

Arakwal awarded Green List honour

Dulcie Nicholls, elder of the Byron Bay Arakwal people, reached out her hand and embraced a delegation from IUCN to her home.

The world of protected areas in one book

Capacity development is a key BIOPAMA contribution being highlighted at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014,  and the Protected Area Governance and Management Book is one of the concrete outputs of the BIOPAMA support for protected areas capacity development.

Nature's heroes rewarded for work in conservation

The IUCN’S World Commission on Protected Areas and the International Ranger Federation recognised the courageous work of rangers and protected area workers from all corners of the globe at an emotional awards ceremony at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

Following the Congress action – from all corners of the globe

The debates and outcomes of the IUCN World Parks Congress were being closely followed by people in all corners of the world, thanks to the support of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections which brought reporters f

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

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 closes today in Sydney

Blog: Making ‘Reaching the Peak’

By Stuart Cohen

Blog: Exploring creative and innovative approaches to environmental education

By Tanya Davies

Sharing Experience: Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas Management in West Asia

Threats and losses of unique ecosystems of mangrove forests in Iran, restoration plans of threatened species in Saudi Arabia, economic ecosystems services of the Shouf Biosphre Reserve, and local community involvement

Environmental NGOs back up IUCN position on no-go for extractives in World Heritage sites

Nine world leading conservation organisations are urging governments and private companies to commit not to carry out extractive activities in areas inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Celebrating Our Next Generation – World Parks Congress Fuse Project

As part of the school engagement programme WPC Fuse, secondary school students from across NSW visited the Congress on Friday 15 November 2014 to present the results of their research into Congress related environmental and sustainability issues.

Blog: Inspiring Business Solutions for Healthy Parks Healthy People

This engaging session from the ‘Improving health and well-being’ Congress stream highlighted the important role that global business plays in biodiversity and human health.

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

Un nouvel accord est signé pour renforcer les Aires Marines Protégées en Méditerranée

UICN, l'Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature, et MedPAN, le réseau des gestionnaires  d'Aires Marines Protégées (AMP) en Méditerranée ont signé un nouvel accord de collaboration aujourd'hui, dans le but de renforcer la coordination dans le domaine de la recherche scientifique en

Blog: The nature experience: behaviour change, conservation and technology

By Tanya Smith

Changing behaviours is a goal that many organisations have, especially those in the health and environmental sectors.

Rights of Indigenous people to manage protected areas needs to be better recognised at the national level

Significant work remains to be done, particularly at a national policy level, to deliver on the recommendations related to Indigenous people and protected areas coming out of the last IUCN World Parks Congress – this was the key message from a session held at the latest World Parks Congress 2014

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