Protected Planet News : Inspiring success in conservation

  15 May 2014
IUCN 2014 World Heritage recommendations now available
IUCN’s evaluations of 10 sites nominated to obtain World Heritage status are now public ahead of the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting. In addition, the second batch of State of Conservation reports, prepared jointly by IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, will be released tomorrow. IUCN will present the recommendations included in these reports and evaluations to the  Committee from 15-25 June in Doha, Qatar and discuss the necessary action to conserve our world’s natural wonders.
IUCN WOrld Parks COngress 2014
Don't miss the protected area event of the decade
More than 600 people have already registered for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. By registering early you can benefit from preferential rates and hotels. Find out more about Congress activities and new exciting possibilities on the Congress Website or subscribe to the newsletter.
A winter morning in Wastwater ©Nick Thorne
inspiring places
The rose in England's literary garden
The Lake District National Park is every bit as magical and poetic as any place on earth. It has served as the backdrop for some of history’s most celebrated writers, from Wordsworth and Coleridge to Wainwright and Tolkien. Located in the northwest corner of England, the Lakes is famed for its open fell pastures, its stone walled fields and its native woodland.
Rudi Putra ©Goldman Environmental Prize
inspiring people
Indonesian activist wins Goldman Prize for fighting deforestation fuelled by palm oil production
Rudi Putra has won the world's most prestigious award for environmental activism for his efforts to fight illegal logging, forest encroachment for palm oil production, and a policy that would open up vast swathes of an endangered ecosystem for mining and industrial plantations. Rudi, a biologist who works in Sumatra's Aceh Province, was selected as the "Islands and Island Nations" winner and honoured with the $175,000 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Blue Ventures clinic in Madagascar ©Blue Ventures
inspiring solutions
St Andrews Prize goes to integrated conservation and health work in Madagascar
An innovative project integrating community-based health services with locally-led marine conservation initiatives has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment.
Marine conservation organisation Blue Ventures, an IUCN Member, was recognized for its efforts to address the multifaceted drivers of environmental degradation in southwest Madagascar.
Julia Miranda Londoño, Packard Awardee 2012
Celebrate your protected area champion with a Packard Award - deadline 15 June 2014
The Fred Packard Award acknowledges those who have dedicated exceptional energy to protected areas, who go above and beyond the call of duty, to build and maintain protected area successes. If you would like to recognize an exemplary individual achieving success in protected area excellence, the call for Fred Packard Award nominations is now open.
Hawar Islands, Bahrain
world heritage
Linking tourism with coastal World Heritage sites management in Bahrain
Bahrain hosted a regional workshop on tourism development and coastal World Heritage sites on 14 April. Workshop recommendations included the revision of institutional and legal frameworks on marine conservation, building local capacities on statistics, fauna and coastal sites management, and development of a database on coastal sites in Bahrain.
Woman in village in Mozambique ©IUCN/Daniel Shaw
Improving Protected Area Governance for Livelihood Security and Biodiversity in Southern Africa: A High Level Dialogue (Windhoek, Namibia, May 21- 22 2014)
Supported by BIOPAMA, this high level event organized by IUCN in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat will tackle challenges related to equitable and effective protected area governance, especially with respect to indigenous and local community participation, and the equitable sharing of costs and benefits from protected areas and biodiversity.
HOT OFF the press
A new Guiding Toolkit for Increasing Climate Change Resilience in the Mediterranean region
The SEARCH project – or "Social, Ecological and Agricultural Resilience in the face of climate change in the Mediterranean Region Project" – comes to its end and is happy to announce the launching of a Guiding Toolkit for Increasing Climate Change Resilience.
The aim of the toolkit is to provide guidance and recommendations on how to develop climate change resilience strategies and plans at national, sub-national and local levels.
save the date
World Heritage Committee
The 38th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Doha, Qatar, from 15 to 25 June 2014. IUCN is the advisory body on nature to the World Heritage Committee. The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
©James Hardcastle
following up
Common approach for Green Listing of Protected Areas
The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation organized a regional training workshop in Málaga, on 10 - 11 March, on the IUCN Green List global initiative with the participation of three Mediterranean regional groups representing Spain, France and Italy. The workshop helped clarify the procedure and criteria used for the Green List and define the framework of joint collaboration between the three Regional groups.
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