Protected Areas


  • Tianchi Lake Tianchi Lake Photo: IUCN/ James Hardcastle

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


    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


    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


    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


    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...

  • marine mammal protected areas conference 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas Logo Photo: ICMMPA

    Early Registration Announcement for ICMMPA5


    Early Registration for the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas is now Open!

  • Coral reef in Ras Mohammed National Park Coral reef in Ras Mohammed National Park Photo: IUCN / Dao Nguyen

    Ras Mohammed National Park: Egypt’s underwater paradise among the best protected marine reserves on the planet


    Ras Mohammed National Park received the IUCN Green List certificate at a ceremony in the reserve on 24th November, 2018, as part of the UN Biodiversity Conference in neighbouring Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The award recognises the fair and effective management...

  • ICCA General Assembly 2018 held in Bishoftu, Ethiopia Photo: ICCA Consortium

    Focus on indigenous and conserved community areas


    In the closing months of 2018, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP) has been working with the ICCA Consortium to consolidate work under the project Global Support Initiative (GSI) for ICCAs, an abbreviation for the territories and areas conserved...

  • Sovi, Fiji Photo: Jörg Kretzschmar

    UN Biodiversity Conference Agrees New Conservation Designation


    A new designation, ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’, has been agreed at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt that will further advance progress towards the global biodiversity goals.

  • Announcement of UNDP joining PANORAMA at CBD COP - 14 Trevor Sandwith, Director Global Protected Areas Programme, IUCN, and Midori Paxton, Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP at the PANORAMA side event during CBD COP14, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt   Photo: Carolin Hoffmann, GIZ

    Welcoming UNDP to the PANORAMA family


    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has joined as the latest partner to the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative, in the role of co-coordinator for PANORAMA’s “Protected Areas” (PA) thematic community.

  • Léonidas Nzigiyimpa receiving the National Geographic award 2018 Photo: National Geographic

    Leonidas, a conservation hero committed to local sustainable development


    Léonidas Nzigiyimpa, 56 years old, a forester with training on sustainable development, has been working for 20 years at the Burundian Office for Environmental Protection in the area of ​​nature conservation and management of protected areas.


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