Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Inspiring conservation success
  switzerland and rangers 7 august 2014
With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. Fifty-six rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 12 months, 29 of whom have been killed by poachers.
IUCN World Parks Congress
IUCN world parks congress 2014
Meet the Congress speakers

Coming from all areas of the world and many different sectors, environment ministers, business leaders, artists, indigenous leaders, tourism officials and many more will participate in the Congress, bringing their ideas and experience to the table to ensure that protected areas remain an essential part of the global agenda.
Swiss National Park, Pro Natura
inspiring places
Swiss National Park, Switzerland
One hundred years ago, Switzerland chose its very own national day as the inauguration date for its first – and still today, one and only – national park. Fast-forward to 1 August 2014, the centenary of the Swiss National Park testifies to the continuing pride of the country in one of its wildest natural landscapes.
Dr Claude Martin
inspiring people
Protected Areas - the only stronghold where biodiversity can survive - Claude Martin

Dr Claude Martin, MAVA Board Member and former Director General of WWF International from 1993-2005, where he initiated several new approaches in conservation and international partnerships, gives his view on the importance of protected areas, not only for conserving biomes, but as the essence of the survival of biodiversity.
World Rangers Day
respecting people
The heroes who tread the thin green line
The lives of hundreds of rangers who have fallen victim to poachers can never be recovered but we can take solace from the fact that positive steps are being taken to make sure rangers get the support and the appreciation they need.
Alpine forest in Switzerland 
© Delwyn Dupuis
inspiring solutions
Protecting forests can save lives

Snow avalanches threaten people, towns and transport systems in many mountainous regions throughout the world. Growing scientific evidence now shows that forests have the potential to prevent avalanches from starting, which makes them a valuable means of protection with immediate impact.  
world heritage
Seven reasons to remember the 2014 World Heritage Committee meeting
By Tim Badman, Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme.
A month has passed since this year’s World Heritage Committee meeting closed in Doha and the decisions are now available. We had an exceptional welcome from our Qatari hosts, and it was undoubtedly one of the most smoothly organised meetings in living memory. Looking back, a few headlines strike me from the Doha experience – here are seven reasons to remember this year’s meeting.
Baconao Biosphere Reserve
© Pedro Rosabal
Learning to Categorize Protected Areas in the Caribbean
The collaboration to conduct a review of the Bahamas protected areas management categories continued with a second workshop taking place from 24 to 26 June. Participants assigned IUCN categories to each protected area and identified the financial, legal, institutional and technical limitations that would impact on the overall effectiveness of the management classifications being proposed. The exercise resulted into a better understanding and appreciation of the IUCN protected areas management categories and how they relate to the protected areas in the Bahamas.
European Wilderness Academy
save the date
European Wilderness Days - 1–4 October 2014, Hoe Tauern National Park, Austria
The annual event of the European Wilderness Society dedicated to sharing knowledge, information, scientific results and best practice examples on European Wilderness.The Wilderness Academy Days is a unique European event, which will act as a direct follow up of the 10th World Wilderness Congress and will also prepare a message for the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney.
Swiss National Park, Switzerland © Pro Natura
looking back
IUCN joins Switzerland to mark 100 years of its national park 
Switzerland did not only celebrate its national day on 1 August 2014; it also marked the 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Park in the eastern part of the country. IUCN staff from the Global Protected Area and World Heritage Programmes made the trip from HQ to join the festivities and raise awareness of IUCN’s work on protected areas and related topics.
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