Wadi Al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales), Egypt is on the green list for nature conservation. Wetlands, forests, national parks and wildlife reserves in 16 countries are part of a campaign that is raising standards for nature conservation. The sites are members of the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – a sustainability standard described as the global benchmark for how to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – a membership body combining government and civil organizations – the Green List has just admitted 10 new sites in Switzerland, France and Italy, taking its global total to 59 sites. Another 500 sites in 50 countries are working to achieve Green List status by meeting its 17 requirements . These relate to good governance, planning, management and the successful preservation of nature . Protecting ecosystems “Effective protected and conserved areas are critical if we are to halt the dramatic loss of life on Earth we are seeing,” said IUCN Director-General Dr Bruno Oberle. Those who make the list are offered locally relevant expert guidance to help achieve the most sustainable results in the conserved area, helping to […]

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