News and Features

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.

‘Never think of yourself as separate from nature’ - Interview with Baba Brinkman

Thursday 13 November 2014

Our roving web editor Heath Synnott managed to catch up with rap artist and environmental communicator Baba Brinkman to talk about how protected areas have influenced his music and his life, and find out what nature means to him.

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

Blog: IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Opening Ceremony

By Heath Synnott

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

Rose Lonesborough, IUCN World Parks Congress Youth Ambassador

Wreck Bay community, Jervis Bay, south coast of New South Wales, Australia

Rose is inspiring a whole new generation of Indigenous kids to get jobs in conservation management.

Managing climate, managing risk

Susan Findlay Tickner, farmer, Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia: “Climate variability is one of our biggest production challenges. We’re dealing with frost, drought, uncertain rainfall,… having to manage very different rainfall patterns to make the best agronomic decisions.”

Important Immigration Update

As part of the Australian Government’s overall work to reduce the risks associated with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has in place very clear and rigorous visa and border processes for all travellers from Ebola affected countries in Africa.

Inspiring action for a protected planet: National Geographic teams up with IUCN

IUCN Member National Geographic has been announced today as the official media partner for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – a global forum on protected areas taking place in Sydney, Australia this November.

Living dangerously

Interview with Jeff Horowitz, co-producer for the Emmy Award-winning climate change documentary series, ‘Years of Living Dangerously’.

Adapting to climate change in the Andes

The Andean páramos — high-altitude grasslands running through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela — are critical to millions of rural and urban people. They support livelihoods, provide habitat for species found nowhere else and are important for cultural identity.

Power to the collective voice

Interview with Natalie Isaacs, founder of 1 Million Women, the Australian-based movement of women and girls who are taking on climate change through practical action in their daily lives.

What action are you taking (personally and professionally) against climate change?

Reducing the wrath of Hurricane Sandy

In the United States, thousands of miles of coastal national parks and wildlife refuges, made up of beaches, dunes and wetlands, provide natural storm protection for coastal communities.

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.