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  • Bururi Forest Nature Reserve, Burundi

    Bururi: the link between heaven and earth


    The Bururi Forest Nature Reserve (RNFB) in Burundi was previously considered to be the link between heaven and earth. The ancient Burundians attached great importance to forest conservation, especially mountain forests. Several mountain forests were protected...

  • First update of IUCN World Heritage Outlook to be completed in 2017


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is undertaking the first update of its flagship IUCN World Heritage Outlook, which provides the only global assessment to date of natural World Heritage. The update will allow for changes in...

  • Fishers, mangrove

    IUCN welcomes first-ever UN report acknowledging healthy ecosystems as a human right


    IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, welcomed a recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Environment and Human Rights, Prof. John Knox, which highlights how biodiversity and ecosystems are essential to human rights. 

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