Protected Areas


  • Hike to the wolf house ruins Photo: Jack London State Historic Park

    A new approach to State Parks in Sonoma County


    By Pamela Lanier and Jessica Hughes After being run by the government since their creation, facing the threat of being closed down after the Great Recession, Jack London State Historic Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County, California (USA)...

  • Cheetah Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    MOOCs and protected areas capacity building – where we stand


    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are now an undeniable part of the education landscape. Their development really started to take off in 2012 and there are now over 7,000 of them mainly from European and North American universities. MOOCs are a...

  • Elephants in Kenya Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    An analysis of non-state protected area governance in Kenya


    By Phil Franks, IIED IUCN-Papaco and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) conducted a survey of non-State protected areas in Kenya where this type of governance is fairly common. These kinds of governance arrangements deserve...

  • Flamingoes in Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, Provence, France Photo: Richard Semik/Shutterstock

    Open Call for the testing and application of the IUCN Green List Sustainability Standard in Natura 2000 sites


    IUCN invites Natura 2000 sites managers to apply for participation in the testing phase of the ‘Green List for N2K’ project. Deadline for application: 13th April 2018.

  • Turismo - Cuyabeno - Ecuador Turismo en Reserva del Cuyabeno, Ecuador Photo: Efrén Icaza - UICN

    Piscicultura y turismo de naturaleza, dos grandes oportunidades productivas sostenibles para la Amazonía


    Los ecosistemas acuáticos de la Amazonía no solo son vitales para la cosmovisión de sus habitantes, sino que albergan una gran riqueza biológica, entre esta, los peces. La piscicultura es una opción sustentable que se puede fortalecer a partir de experiencias...

  • Islas del Pacifico, Mexico Photo: CONANP

    Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management


    The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Big Ocean are proud to announce the latest addition in the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series: Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management.

  • Dan continues to SCUBA dive to explore and be inspired by the ocean Photo: Andy Wrightson

    Dan Laffoley : IUCN’s Neptune


    Dan is a well respected leading global expert on ocean conservation. At IUCN, he is the Principal Advisor for Marine Science and Conservation with the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and has been the Marine Vice Chair for the IUCN World...

  • Views from Gorbeia Natural Park, Spain Views from Gorbeia Natural Park, Spain Photo: Ignacio Palomo

    Participatory scenario planning


    By Ignacio Palomo How can we manage a large protected area system with reduced public funding resources and new challenges arising from multiple drivers of change? This was the question that EUROPARC Spain, an institution that mobilises multiple...

  • Bhutan Photo: Peter Jacobs

    International Mountain Day


    Take time to reflect on mountain landscapes, people and pressures.

  • Kawésqar communities in Chile have protected their environment for centuries Kawésqar communities in Chile have protected their environment for centuries Photo: Leopoldo Pizarro

    The Kawésqar legacy


    With governance diversity a key theme in conservation, our inspiring person this month is Carolina Huenucoy, the President of the Kawésqar community of Puerto Eden in patagonian Chile.  Read our interview where she talks about their community...


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