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1 May 2014

 
IUCN condemns attack on Virunga’s Chief Warden
 
In the last 20 years over 150 rangers have been killed protecting Virunga's National Park. Two weeks ago the National Park’s Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode was violently attacked. "No one should have to risk their lives to protect our collective heritage" says IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. 
 
 
 
 
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Ile-Alatau National natural park, Kazakhstan
 
inspiring places
Ile-Alatau National Natural Park, Kazakhstan at risk
Founded in 1996, the National Park was created not only to preserve the beauty of the Zailiisky Alatau mountain range, but as the “green heart” of an enormous territory in which more than two million people reside. Legend says Silk Road caravans took seeds from its famous apple trees and spread apples all the way to Europe. The trees also gave Almaty its original name, Almatu, or "father of apples."
The park is almost untouched by the advances of civilization but this may soon change because of a new ski resort.
 
 
 
Kakadu National Park, Australia
© Jim Thorsell
 
 
inspiring solutions
How natural infrastructure can help us adapt to climate change
The WISE-UP to Climate project being implemented by IUCN's Global Water Programme shows how natural infrastructure such as river basins and wetlands can be used as as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Natural Solutions - Protected areas maintaining essential water supplies
 
 
Imperial Heron © Sarala Keraling
 
 
inspiring people
Imperial Guards of Manas Tiger Reserve, India
The Critically Endangered White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) also known as the Imperial Heron is a magnificent bird that stands almost 1.3m tall. Its guardians are a team of six men from different ethnic backgrounds. Together these grassroots conservationists protect the last remaining 250 mature individuals of the species by interacting with their local communities living around the Manas Tiger Reserve.
 
 
 
respecting people
Last chance to nominate this year's Kenton Miller Award 
The deadline for nominations is 16 May 2014. Innovation and dedication are keys to progress in our national parks and protected areas’ conservation objectives. The Kenton Miller Award celebrates individuals who are taking bold steps in protecting these most valued resources by recognizing their invaluable and innovative work with a 5,000 USD grant and accompanying citation.
 
 
Virunga Ranger - The movie
 
WORLD HERITAGE
Virunga documentary premieres in New York 
Virunga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s oldest and richest national park. A feature length documentary film about the beauty and the struggles of Virunga National Park had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th. Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a contested ground among insurgencies seeking to topple the government that see untold profits in the land.
 
 
Pacific Islands © Helen Pippard
 
biopama
Timor-Leste creates two new marine protected areas
Timor-Leste is one of the youngest independent nations in the world, yet it is making good progress in establishing protected areas for some of its most important natural sites, while complementing BIOPAMA’s goals in the Pacific region. BIOPAMA is committed to engaging with and supporting Timor-Leste, particularly in building the capacity of practitioners to improve protected area management in the country.
 
 
 
hot off the press
Assessing forest landscape restoration opportunities at the national level
Published in the form of a handbook, the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) will help countries understand how much of their land offers restoration opportunities, map where those opportunities are and determine which degraded landscapes offer the most value to society. ROAM, produced by IUCN and others, notably WRI, also offers a tangible first step for countries interested in committing to the global ‘Bonn Challenge’ goal.
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
Cuernevaca, Mexico © Brent Mitchell
 
following up
A joint meeting of the IUCN WCPA and the Stream Leaders for the IUCN World Parks Congress recently took place in Cuernavaca, Mexico in March 2014. WCPA Chair, Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, and the team in Mexico reflect on the meeting and its outputs. Debates, discussions, speed-dating, spontaneous performances, inspiring speakers in an amazing historical hacienda were ingredients that contributed to this important step in the development of the agenda for the Congress.
 
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