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  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, China - World Heritage site Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a World Heritage site in China Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

  • Lin, Lake Ohrid, Albania Lin, Lake Ohrid, Albania Photo: Christopher Graz

    Pearl in a plastic bag

    12.07.2018

    Lake Ohrid is Europe’s oldest lake, straddling the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia (FYR) and eastern Albania. It was formed by tectonic shifting over two million years ago and is home to a large number of unique flora and...

  • 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting - IUCN desk Photo: IUCN / Angela Jones

    New landmark sites for people, place and identity – IUCN’s key takeaways from the 2018 World Heritage Committee meeting

    11.07.2018

    Returning from the 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Peter Shadie, IUCN’s World Heritage Senior Advisor and head of the IUCN delegation at the Committee, takes a moment to share some reflections on this year’s meeting...

  • The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities Photo: IUCN / Faisal Abu-Izzeddin

    Close ties between water and culture highlighted at World Heritage meeting

    04.07.2018

    Water is at the heart of human existence and development. But how do people manage this precious resource in arid landscapes, such as in the Arab region? What cultural practices have developed over time in wetlands to support communities’ water needs? These...

  • High mountain pasture Kyrgyzstan High mountain pasture Kyrgyzstan  Photo: Jens Wunderlich

    World Heritage regional consultation process takes off in Central Asia

    03.07.2018

    Representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan confirmed their commitment to support the identification of natural sites that have the potential to be nominated as World Heritage. IUCN will lead the process in its...

  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage, youth Madison Pearl Edwards Photo: IUCN / Angela Jones

    The 12-year-old Belizean girl who spoke up at the World Heritage Committee meeting – interview

    03.07.2018

    “I respectfully encourage the representatives of each country present to think of my generation in decision-making regarding World Heritage sites – our barrier reef and our planet depend on it.” Thus did Madison Pearl Edwards address the delegates gathered at...

  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Davis Sheppard

    Yemen urged to halt damaging activities in Socotra Archipelago, as advised by IUCN

    02.07.2018

    Manama, Bahrain – Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has urged Yemen to halt any activity that may negatively impact on the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site. The country has been requested to...

  • Chiribiquete National Park - "The Maloca of the Jaguar", Colombia Photo: IUCN / Charles Besancon

    Photos: new World Heritage sites following IUCN’s advice

    01.07.2018

    Discover the beauty of the new World Heritage sites inscribed during the 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting, following the advice of IUCN – the official advisor on natural World Heritage. Our experts visited some of the most remote areas in these sites and...

  • Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya Photo: IUCN Goran Gujic

    Lake Turkana listed as ‘in danger’ due to impacts from dam, as advised by IUCN

    28.06.2018

    Manama, Bahrain, 28 June 2018 (IUCN) – Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya has been placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger today at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting, due to impacts from the Gibe III dam. The decision follows the...

  • Virunga guards_courtesy of the organisers of A Night for Virunga Photo: courtesy of the organisers of A Night for Virunga

    New crowdfunding campaign honours the fallen rangers of Virunga National Park

    27.06.2018

    Manama, Bahrain – A benefits concert taking place today at the World Heritage Committee meeting pays tribute to park rangers who were brutally killed while protecting Virunga National Park. It marks the launch of a crowdfunding campaign – #HelpVirunga – to...

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