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Editorial
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Biological backbone
HE Hon Mwai Kibaki, MP, EGH, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya, describes the challenges of managing protected areas in Africa and outlines his Government’s polices for making conservation an integral component of the national development process

Benefits beyond boundaries
Nelson R. Mandela and HM Queen Noor, patrons of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress, say that protected areas, including World Heritage sites, are essential for safeguarding the future

Common inheritance
Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation, introduces the United Nations Foundation’s work to conserve some of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity

Beauty or beast?
Yolanda Kakabadse, President of IUCN-The World Conservation Union, says that trade and biodiversity conservation are fundamentally linked, and calls for both to be vehicles for sustainable development

Wonders of the world
Seema Paul, Senior Program Officer for Biodiversity, United Nations Foundation, describes bids to conserve, and bring sustainable development to, natural World Heritage sites

Protecting heritage
Francesco Bandarin, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, outlines the threats to World Heritage sites rich in biodiversity and describes what is being done to conserve them

People

Parks and participation
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, President of WWF International and Dr Claude Martin, Director General of WWF International, say that protected areas will only be viable if local communities benefit from them and participate in building harmony for people and nature

At a glance:
Protected areas

Profile: Harrison Ford
Internationally renowned actor and conservationist

Scorecard, catalyst, watershed
Kenton Miller, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Achim Steiner, UCN Director General, raise the curtain on the Durban World Parks Congress

Coral Reef Fund

Coral jewels
Melinda Kimble, Vice President for Program, United Nations Foundation, stresses the importance of conserving coral reefs and reports on a new initiative to do so

Reef knots
Mark Collins, Director of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, describes the global partnerships created to conserve and manage reefs, and recommends that they should now be supported by a concerted, well financed international programme

Brief window for biodiversity
Russell A. Mittermeier, President of Conservation International, and Gustavo A.B. da Fonseca, Executive Vice President, say that protected areas are cornerstones for biodiversity conservation and argue that efforts should be concentrated on particularly biodiverse ones

Books & products

Conservation amid conflict
Eulalie Bashige Baliruhya, Director General of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, describes an experience of protecting World Heritage sites besieged by a series of wars

News

Green, red or black?
Djuna Ivereigh, journalist, Indonesia, says that the true value of protected areas is now beginning to be assessed, and describes innovative ways to increase their revenue

Keeping faith with nature
Victoria Finlay, media consultant for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, says that all the world’s major religions agree on the importance of conservation and describes how they are taking action to put their beliefs into practice

Make parks not war
Rebecca M. Nyabato, student at the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Vera Okatsa from Kenya