Protected Areas


  • Ecrins National Park, France Ecrins National Park, France Photo: Ecrin National Park

    IUCN lists 6 more new sites as world’s best protected areas


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has admitted six new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognising best practice in protected areas. Sites in France and Mexico received...

  • Isla San Pedro Mártir Son Isla San Pedro Mártir Son Photo: Jorge Carranza

    Isla San Pedro Mártir Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, México


    The Isla San Pedro Mártir Biosphere Reserve is one of the best-preserved sites in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), has great scientific relevance and should be considered a natural laboratory of adaptation and evolution. This marine protected area has...

  • Hermit crab Santa Cruz Galapagos Archipeligo Hermit crab Santa Cruz Galapagos Archipeligo Photo: Steph Foote

    60th birthday of the World Database on Protected Areas!


    The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database of protected areas, updated on a monthly basis, and is one of the key global biodiversity data sets used widely by scientists, businesses, governments, Multilateral...

  • Green List in Africa OIPR workshop in Cote d’Ivoire (March 2019) for sharing lessons learnt from Kenya on how to comply with the GL standards for Tai National Park and Comoe National Park. Photo: IUCN

    Sharing experiences with the IUCN Green List in Africa: Cote d’Ivoire benefits from lessons learnt in Kenya


    Five African countries are now implementing the IUCN Green List (GL) initiative: Kenya was the pilot country in 2014, followed by Benin in 2016, Cote d’Ivoire in 2017, and Madagascar and Nigeria in 2018. In order to build a GL network in Africa dedicated to...

  • Panorama process infographic Photo: IUCN

    PANORAMA wins IUCN “One Programme” Impact Award


    Often, lessons learnt from conservation and sustainable development initiatives are not well captured and shared to inform future planning. Means and tools for practitioners to benefit from learning about similar experiences across sectors and geographies are...

  • Pastoral Women’s Council Photo: Pastoral Women’s Council

    Pastoralist Women in northern Tanzania – Leading Transformative Change


    International women’s day is about celebrating women, and there is a special recognition to be given to the women who employ huge reserves of determination against the odds to move towards transformative change. We would like to this month highlight an...

  • Participants to the Master Class on the Prevention and Mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict Photo: IUCN

    Elephants and people: Exploring options for co-existence in Asia


    Analysing and understanding the complexities of human-wildlife conflicts and applying appropriate implementation methods and processes adapted to the local context, are critical in the prevention and mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC).

  • Participatory map Photo: CENESTA

    Mapping protected and conserved areas reveals the rich stories and multiple perspectives behind the biodiversity


    Under the Global Support Initiative for ICCAs, diverse and innovative approaches to mapping are helping to reveal more and more information about ICCAs, which is an abbreviation for the territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local...

  • Georgia Photo: Jennifer Kelleher

    The Georgian Expert Assessment Group for the Green List established


    The Green List journey has started in earnest in Georgia, with the formation of an Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL). Comprised of national experts from a range of diverse backgrounds, the 10 members of the Georgian EAGL are ready to lead the...

  • Shark in the Cayman Islands waters, one of the 3 shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean EU Overseas Shark in the Cayman Islands waters, one of the 3 shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean EU Overseas Photo: Ellen Cuylaerts, Marine Photobank

    Call for expressions of interest: experts on marine protected areas


    IUCN is looking for expressions of interest from key experts to be involved in project development and/or implementation for an EU funded action to support specific Marine Protected Areas and/or degraded coastal and marine ecosystems around two basins: the...


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