Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Inspiring conservation success 
  30 October 2014
As IUCN marks the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a new goal is set to assess 160,000 species by 2020. The Red List demonstrates that species found in protected areas usually fare a lot better than those outside of those areas. Many threatened species have been brought back from the brink of extinction because their habitats were granted protection. But as a new, powerful video shows, more needs to be done.
IUCN world parks congress 2014
National Geographic teams up with IUCN for WPC
IUCN Member National Geographic has become the official media partner for WPC. It will be actively involved in the stream ‘Inspiring a new generation’ and will feature flagship initiatives, such as BioBlitz – a challenge encouraging people to find and identify species in national parks – and Pristine Seas, which aims to help protect the ocean's last wild places in the next five years.
In the last stretch before kick-off, don't miss your chance to join the debate on the Promise of Sydney!
Uluru © Parks Australia
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Rising majestically out of the desert landscape, the ancient red rocks and domes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are renowned symbols of Australia. Anangu, the Aboriginal traditional owners of Uluru, say the world was once a featureless place. None of the places we know existed until ancestral creator beings, combining the attributes of humans and animals, travelled across the land and created all the features of the landscape.
Dr Gerardo Budowski © IUCN
Tribute to a great conservation leader
Dr Gerardo Budowski, IUCN’s first Director General, who served from 1970 to 1976, passed away earlier this month. Born in Venezuela, he was one of the most respected scientists devoted to tropical ecology and natural resource management. “Gerardo’s important contributions to conservation will remain in our hearts and minds”, said IUCN DG Julia Marton-Lefèvre.
Mount Kenya National Park
© Peter Howard
What is success in protected areas, and how can we better learn from it?
The Panorama, a new platform of protected area success stories, offers an opportunity to share and adapt solutions that work in protected areas. Aiming to build a lasting community of innovation with a broad range of practitioners, it highlights existing solutions to support ongoing progress. These solutions are also part of the Promise of Sydney, as they show evidence of success in protected areas that can inspire future action.
Arakwal swans © James Hardcastle
Become a reviewer for the IUCN Green List to be launched in Sydney!
As the launch of the new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas in Sydney fast approaches, IUCN is looking for expert volunteers to help maintain the integrity and credibility of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas process over the next two years. The first set of IUCN Green Listed Protected Areas will be revealed at the IUCN World Parks Congress and all those that have made the commitment to work towards a new global standard will be recognised.
Preparing for the protected areas event of the decade
BIOPAMA is closely involved in several sessions and events during the IUCN WPC, in particular related to capacity development, information management, and data analysis for decision-making, as well as the World Leaders’ Dialogues. Join us! Discover the BIOPAMA initiative and our events. We are looking forward to shaping together the protected areas capacity development agenda!
Elephants found dead in Garamba National Park, May 2014 © APN/ICCN
Emergency appeal to combat escalating poaching in Garamba
Military-style poaching has been witnessed this year in Garamba National Park, DR Congo, with poachers employing helicopters and advanced weaponry. Over 100 elephants were lost between April and August alone as a result of this onslaught. This is an urgent appeal by Fauna & Flora International to raise funds for the anti-poaching teams on the ground. Sponsors will match every donation to make twice the difference.
A primer on governance for protected and conserved areas
This booklet offers a review of basic concepts and terms on governance for nature conservation. By “speaking a common language”, it aims to better communicate and develop concepts, bringing more clarity on the meaning of governance and how it affects conservation. Also hot off the press, check out the latest editon of PARKS Journal focusing on the IUCN World Parks Congress!
Ranger training © PAMS Foundation
Share your knowledge and expertise of anti-poaching training!
IUCN’s WCPA and the International Ranger Federation are looking for your contribution on a new best-practice guideline for field rangers. Developed by an international team of experts and trainers, the draft report will be available on 1 November and be discussed during the IUCN World Parks Congress. Bring your comments with you with to Sydney or send them by email by 30 November.
Yanggu DMZ, Korea © Hanjin Travel
A message on protected areas at CBD COP 12
"Conservation goals can be achieved across international boundaries through cooperative models, including enhanced nature conservation outcomes, sustainable socio-economic development and the promotion of peace." That was the core message of Todd Walters, member of IUCN’s Transboundary Protected Area Specialist Group, during the Convention on Biological Diversity's 12th Conference of the Parties.
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