News and Features

Nature, a wise investment - the Katrina story

In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline of the United States, flooding New Orleans and causing catastrophic damage to coastal communities in both states.

Once in a Lifetime Australian Field Trips Celebrate Park Life

If you’ve ever wanted to see Uluru through eyes of its Anangu traditional owners or dine with recent migrants from Myanmar’s Karen community and learn how an urban park in Victoria has had a fundamental effect on the community, now is your chance.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across th

Njanjma Rangers Interpretive Program at Ubirr Rock in Kakadu National Park

“Now I’m going to tell you about the Turtle and Echidna... one of the first stories I learnt when I was a young boy”. Tyrone Garnarradj, age 24, has the group of Kakadu visitors hanging off his every word.

Fleet growing for ‘Mua’ – the sailing voyage to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

More Pacific Island countries are climbing aboard the ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ voyage to help convey the ‘one Pacific voice’ to the world, with the number of traditional voyaging canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 rapidly growing into a fleet.

Protecting wetlands to sustain human life

Wetlands cover over 10% of Rwanda’s territory. More than 100 lakes and 800 rivers in the country supply the population with food, crops and water for drinking, agriculture and hydro-electric power.

Greek fishermen approve a marine sanctuary

Dedicated marine conservationist and IUCN Ambassador Pierre-Yves Cousteau is founder of Cousteau Divers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the marine world.

Quenching the urban thirst

Coping with the growing water demand of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century - half of the world’s population now lives in cities and the figure is rising.

Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park – a phoenix rising from the ashes

Interview with Gregory C. Carr, American entrepreneur and philanthropist who will be a keynote speaker at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in November.

Protected areas critical to future of the world's drylands

An IUCN study has revealed that well-designed and managed protected areas are crucial to the survival of ecosystem services in dryland regions. They can also play a significant role in preserving indigenous communities and reducing climate change and desertification.

Protected areas – reducing climate change impacts and supporting livelihoods

The reality of climate change and the risks it poses to communities and ecosystems is increasingly being felt across Africa, with one of the greatest risks being desertification.

The world after 2015 – ecosystem management integral to climate-resilient development

Human and financial losses caused by climate-related disasters have risen significantly over the past few years. The year 2011 saw the highest economic losses due to disasters in history, at USD 370 billion.

Liquid assets

Interview with IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador. She says protecting the ocean is not a choice, it’s an imperative - our health and wellbeing depend on it.

Weave's Bush Circle

My Journey from being an inmate to being a leader in my culture.

Saving Samoa’s water supplies – protected areas play a key role

Pacific islands may conjure images of pristine holiday destinations but they are facing a number of environmental challenges - pressure on freshwater supplies among the top.

Meet the Field Trip Leaders, Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon

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Meet the Field Trip Leaders, Linda Claydon and David Tribe

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Roaming Around Ku-ring-gai National Park

Traditional Fijian voyaging Canoe to Sail to the Congress

Suva, Fiji. 3 July, 2014 (IUCN) – A memorandum of understanding signed between IUCN Oceania and the Uto Ni Yalo Trust sets the course for the Uto Ni Yalo to sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

From Despair to Repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean Corals can be Reversed

Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 (IUCN) – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCR

Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Did you know that less than 50 kilometres from Sydney is an area that is ten times older than the Grand Canyon with a 40,000 year-old human history, and contains majestic mountains, cathedral caves, deep river gorges and valleys of water cascading into prehistoric rainforests?