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  • Festuca festuca is a magnificent grass species, highly prized for its robustness and traditionally indispensable to build roofs capable of withstanding the harsh weather of the Ethiopian highlands Festuca festuca is a magnificent grass species, highly prized for its robustness and traditionally indispensable to build roofs capable of withstanding the harsh weather of the Ethiopian highlands.  Photo: Grazia Borini Feyerabend

    Dynamic governance model in Ethiopia's Central Highlands

    28.01.2019

    The Guassa area in Central Highlands of Ethiopia is an excellent example of a dynamic “indigenous community conserved area” (ICCA). IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme participated in the first regional meeting of the ICCA Consortium in Africa, held...

  • Aqaba corals in Saudi Arabia Aqaba corals in Saudi Arabia Photo: King Abdulaziz University

    Transforming Nature Conservation in Saudi Arabia

    28.01.2019

    IUCN forms a technical partnership with the Saudi Wildlife Authority to share nature conservation success between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world.

  • Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy – an IUCN Green List Park Photo: Dev Aiama

    The IUCN Green List journey continues in Italy

    25.01.2019

    The newly formed Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL) for Italy - composed of 14 members with diverse expertise on protected area and biodiversity governance and management effectiveness - begins scaling-up the Green List in Italy in 2019. Italy...

  • Field visit in privately protected area in Samoa, June 2018 Photo: IUCN/BIOPAMA

    A year in images: BIOPAMA 2018

    18.01.2019

    In 2018, the BIOPAMA programme engaged with a significant number of stakeholders to ensure that BIOPAMA’s activities support the needs of the countries and their actors, as well as assist them in achieving their conservation objectives and international...

  • Cameroon Photo: Thomas Bacha/IUCN

    Strengthening partnerships and action for protected areas in Western and Central Africa

    08.01.2019

    Tanya Merceron is IUCN's new regional coordinator for Western and Central Africa of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In this interview, she tells us about her professional career before...

  • Larry Hamilton Photo: Larry Hamilton

    Celebrating the 100th edition of the Mountain Protected Areas Update!

    21.12.2018

    The strength and resilience of the IUCN WCPA Mountain Network and Specialist Group needs no other indication than the 100th edition of the Mountain UPDATE. 

  • Tianchi Lake Tianchi Lake Photo: IUCN/ James Hardcastle

    China’s new National Forest and Grassland Administration seeks quality and good performance

    18.12.2018

    In 2018 China has consolidated the governance of the protected areas estate through the formation of the new National Forest and Grassland Administration (NFGA). The NFGA will oversee a process of revision and standardisation or protected and conserved areas...

  • IUCN World Heritage Panel December 2017 (minus tarek) Photo: IUCN

    IUCN reviews nine new World Heritage nominations for 2019

    12.12.2018

    The IUCN World Heritage Panel met last week to evaluate site nominations proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Proposals for seven new natural heritage sites and one ‘mixed’ natural-cultural site have been submitted by state parties, as well as...

  • ACT! 30 IUCN Young Professionals met in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site prior to WPC 2014 Photo: Rebecca Koss

    Apply now - WCPA and CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme

    11.12.2018

    CoalitionWILD and the WCPA are accepting applications to the 2019 Global Mentorship Programme, pairing conservation veterans with emerging leaders for a 12-month intergenerational exchange. Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee by 15 January.

  • A monk blesses Muansila FCZ in Kho Tai Village as part of the official designation ceremony A monk blesses Muansila FCZ in Kho Tai Village as part of the official designation ceremony Photo: © Living River Association

    Fish Conservation Zones lead to stronger communities, fewer conflicts and more fish

    06.12.2018

    Fish Conservation Zones (FCZs) are areas that are closed to fishing in order to protect habitats and restore fish populations. Besides their use for conservation, FCZs can also be a valuable tool for strengthening local communities and reducing local conflict...

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