Protected Planet : Inspiring Conservation News
  17 April 2014
Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Lab Opens
Professor Edward O. Wilson, a man heralded by the National Geographic Society as ‘the greatest naturalist of our time’, has lent his name and vision to a premier biodiversity research facility in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. The esteemed evolutionary biologist was the guest of honour at the opening of the ‘Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory’ on March 27. The laboratory is the first of its kind in Mozambique.
IUCN World parks congress 2014
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Dragon Tree, Socotra Yemen
inspiring places
Socotra, Yemen, the most alien place on Earth
A World Heritage site since 2008, Socotra (Arabic: سُقُطْرَى Suquṭra) is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island, Socotra and three smaller islands of Abd al Kuri, Samhah and Darsa as well as small rock outcrops like Ka'l Fir'awn and Sābūnīyah are uninhabitable by humans but essential for seabirds. Socotra is very isolated. A third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth".
Bill Jackson, Chief Executive, Parks Victoria, co-leader of the World Parks Congress stream Improving Health and Wellbeing
inspiring people
Bill Jackson, Chief Executive, Parks Victoria
The Healthy Parks, Healthy People approach is gaining good momentum. But is it enough? And who still needs to be convinced? Find out in this interview with Bill Jackson how the idea that nature helps physical and mental health is evolving around the globe – and why it is important to highlight this link to encourage greater support for nature conservation.
Coral Triangle Center
inspiring solutions
Nusa Penida: A Blue Solution to learn from
In the western corner of the Coral Triangle biodiversity hotspot, off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, lie the ‘Three Sisters’ – the islands trio Nusa Penida, and smaller Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The people of the Three Sisters and coastal fishers from Bali derive their livelihoods from the rich surrounding seas, through fisheries, seaweed farming, aquaculture, and dive tourism. Nusa Penida’s waters support a rich marine life, such as the peculiar Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola).
respecting people
2 weeks left to nominate for the Kenton Miller Award.
The deadline for nominations is 2 May 2014. Innovation and dedication are essential for 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.
Lake Turkana, Kenya © Geoffroy Mauvais
world heritage
HSBC commits to further protecting World Heritage sites
Financial giant HSBC has issued a new policy on World Heritage sites and Ramsar Wetlands, strengthening its commitment not to provide financial support to projects that can threaten these exceptional areas. Already in 2006, it developed a strategy to help clients in the energy sector combat climate change. The new policy is addressed to all business customers involved in major projects and cites forestry, agriculture, mining, energy, property and infrastructure development as particularly high-risk sectors.
Mataereva Upolo Island, Samoa © Stuart Chape
Supporting decision makers on biodiversity conservation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
BIOPAMA has been progressing in building capacity to improve policy and decision making on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management, including through coordination and support to national governments. BIOPAMA’s interactions with the ACP State authorities will expand in 2014 with the launch of the BIOPAMA Regional Observatories for Protected Areas.
Hot off the press
New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas
The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of MPAs control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea.
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. Register before 1 May 2014 to attend as a delegate or an observer. IUCN is the advisory body on nature to the World Heritage Committee. The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List.
following up
Meso American Parks Congress
Conclusions and recommendations of the 2014 Meso American Parks Congress are now available in Spanish

Las conclusiones y recomendaciones del Congreso Mesoamericano de Parques 2014 ya están disponibles.  
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