The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is undertaking the first update of its flagship IUCN World Heritage Outlook, which provides the only global assessment to date of natural World Heritage. The update will allow for changes in conservation status to be tracked in all natural World Heritage sites by comparing results over time. Hundreds of experts, including those from the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, are expected to take part in a rigorous consultation and review process.
The Russian President has declared 2017 the Year of Ecology. This decision will draw public attention towards environmental issues, support the protection of ecological and biological diversity and reinforce ecological security of the country. The Action Plan for the Year of Ecology provides for more than 600 events across all regions of Russia.