Press Releases 2014 - 2015

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.

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.

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.

Meet the Field Trip Leaders, Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon

Which field trip are you leading?

Meet the Field Trip Leaders, Linda Claydon and David Tribe

Which field trip are you leading?

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?

Natural World Heritage Sites: the Pacific’s challenges

The Pacific Islands region (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) is renowned for its immense natural beauty, but is home to only seven natural World Heritage sites. What challenges are preventing more sites in the Pacific being recognised?

How to manage a vast marine protected area?

Interview with Jacqueline Evans, Te Ipukarea Society

Managing marine resources the local way

A growing number of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) are being established as a way for coastal communities to conserve the resources they depend on for food and income.

Papahānaumokuākea – the Hawaiian heritage hoorah

A world away from the bustling city streets, towering skyscrapers and smoke-smothered skies of the western world, David Swatland looks out over a Hawaiian archipelago and affords a wry smile at the paradise which meets his gaze.

Global recognition for grassroots action in Papua New Guinea

IUCN Oceania congratulates two conservation and climate change adaptation initiatives in Papua New Guinea – the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and Tulele Peisa – that have been recognized as winners of the Equator Prize 2014.


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