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  Oceania and World Heritage 12 jUNE 2014
Nature's A-list to debate a sustainable future for the planet
Internationally recognized experts, politicians, CEOs, activists and indigenous leaders will be at the forefront of a series of public debates during the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place this November in Sydney, Australia.
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Sooty terns (Onychoprion fuscatas) nesting in their thousands on Bikini Atoll © Nicole Baker 2011
inspiring places
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Despite being the stage for enormous displays of destructive power, the Pacific Islands of Bikini Atoll  have a remarkable sense of beauty and peace. A ring of tiny, low-lying islands bordered by sweeping white-gold beaches and covered in lush green vegetation and swaying palm trees surround a lagoon of invitingly warm turquoise waters. It is one of the picture-postcard images treasured by modern culture—the untouched, wild, desert island. The lagoon is home to spectacular corals, arrays of multicoloured fish, sponges and giant clams. A reef of remarkable health and richness of species, hovering and gliding seabirds and significant populations of rare and endangered animals, including sharks and turtles, exist here largely free from human disturbance.
Jean Wiener 
inspiring people
Vice President of the IUCN´s Caribbean Committee and WCPA member, Jean Wiener, wins the Whitley Gold Award 2014
On May 8th, Jean Wiener Vice President of the IUCN´s Caribbean Committee and founder and director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), an environmental NGO based in Haiti and Member of the IUCN, was announced as winner of the Whitley Gold Award 2014.
Clear-bottom boats © Environment Tasmania
inspiring solutions
Marine Discovery weekends
Environment Tasmania is running a Tasmanian Marine Discoveries program, with the support of Events Tasmania, councils and local groups. The program offers the community an opportunity to go beneath the waves and discover this unique underwater environment - what is there, how it is special, why it is important, and how we can better look after it. Based out of Maria Island and Governor Island Marine Reserves, and other locations around the state.
Ibrahim Bello, Packard Awardee 2012
respecting people
Last chance to nominate for the Packard Award
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.
world Heritage
World Heritage Committee
The 38th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Doha, Qatar, from 15 to 25 June 2014. IUCN will present its recommendations and discuss necessary action to conserve our world's natural wonders. You can follow the event remotely through the webcast. IUCN will also tweet updates using #worldheritage.
Elephant in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya © Thomas Bacha
Supporting African conservation messages at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
IUCN has selected 22 stakeholders working in or with African protected areas to convey their key conservation messages at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. They represent various governance possibilities and their work covers key aspects of protected areas governance, protected areas management effectiveness, and the sustainability of conservation. The participation of this team of African stakeholders is financially supported by the BIOPAMA programme, the Agence Française de Développement (AfD) and the Fondation Internationale du Banc d’Arguin (FIBA).
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Contribute to the Parks Journal on IUCN World Parks Congress before end July
PARKS is a rigorous, challenging publication with high academic credibility and standing. But at 
the same time the journal is and should remain primarily a resource for people actively involved in establishing and managing protected areas, under any management category or governance type. We aim for the majority of papers accepted to include practical management information. We also work hard to include authors who are involved in management but do not usually find the time to report the results of their research and experience to a wider audience.
save the date
Second Mobile Seminar on Tourism and Protected Areas, September 10-25 2014
The Center for Protected Area Management at CSU announces its II Mobile Seminar on Tourism in Protected Areas. The 16 day event, in English, will be held from 10-25 September 2014 in the western USA, and will provide course participants with exposure to many different aspects of planning and managing tourism in protected areas.
Small scall reef fishermen, Philippines
following uP
Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific
“We need to avoid re-inventing the wheel” is a notion that was frequently heard during the opening of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being in Asia and the Pacific. Hosted by the Blue Solutions initiative, with IUCN as one of the partners, the event on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines convened around 100 practitioners and decision makers, civil society, local community as well as government representatives.
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