IUCN Global Protected Area News 
  23 AUGUST 2013 
Thailand observes its first World Ranger Day
Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment chaired the country's first World Ranger Day at the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year around the globe on 31 July, World Ranger Day commemorates the dedication and sacrifice of rangers who put their lives at risk every day to protect the world’s natural resources and wildlife.
Van Long Natural Reseve, Vietnam ©James Hardcastle
Asia Parks Congress
Register now for the Asia Parks Congress!
The online registrations are now open for the 1st Asia Parks Congress for participants who will make presentations and/or attend Working Group Sessions. Held in Sendai, Japan on 13-17 November 2013, it will serve as a valuable lead-in to the IUCN World Parks Congress by providing lessons learned and ways forward. Registrations close on 30 September, but seats are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.
Bob Peart ©Bob Peart
Temperate grasslands, the most threatened biome in the world
Read an interview with Bob Peart, Project Coordinator of the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative. This project of the World Commission on Protected Areas was launched in 2008 to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss and degradation of the temperate grasslands biome by promoting the designation and special management of representative protected areas, and the widespread use of sustainable management practices beyond protected area boundaries. It aims to double the current level of protection by 2014.
Wood bison ©John MacKinnon
inspiring places
Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada
As the largest park in Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park encompasses a vast ecosystem with a variety of landscapes and wildlife. The park, which is larger than Switzerland, is home to sprawling tracts of Boreal plains and forests, and some of the finest examples of gypsum karst landforms in North America. The park contains the world’s largest free roaming herd of wood bison (Bison bison athabascae), and protects the nesting grounds of the last wild flock of whooping cranes (Grus americana).
Nam Ngum dam, Indo Burma hotspot ©IUCN
Inspiring solutions
Call for biodiversity conservation projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot
IUCN, in its role as the Regional Implementation Team, and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) invite Letters of Inquiry from NGOs, community groups, private companies and civil society groups for biodiversity conservation projects in the Indo-Burma Hotspot. The hotspot comprises all non-marine parts of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, plus parts of southern China. It ranks among the top 10 biodiversity hotspots for irreplaceability and the top five for threat.
Hot off the press
Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas and climate change
Climate change is likely to have drastic effects on the habitat of the Mediterranean flora and fauna, but its impacts will vary between Mediterranean regions and between marine protected areas (MPAs) within each region. This IUCN guide analyzes the threats and effects of climate change on Mediterranean marine biodiversity and provides MPA managers with tools to monitor and mitigate changes in their own MPA. It was prepared by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation within the MedPAN North project and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (UNEP-RAC/SPA) biannual programme.
Acropora muricata coral in the Indian Ocean ©Boris Daniel / AAMP
save the date 
IMPAC 3 - Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress, 21-25 October 2013, Marseille, France
Organized by IUCN and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency, IMPAC 3 gathers major marine specialists and other stakeholders every four years to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. IUCN's Global Protected Areas and World Heritage Programmes will participate in the programme of the congress with events and presentations of studies.