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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an organization that tries to "influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature". The IUCN is one of the most influential conservation organizations in the world and retains United Nations observer status. They are probably most well-known for their comprehensive inventories of the conservation status of both ecological Read more

Geologist Life List

I have gone through several bucket lists in the last decade or so that range from unsubstantial, 'see the Taj Mahal'-type lists, to more physically-demanding, adventurous ones. One that I recently came across was popularised by a blogger called Geotripper way back in 2008. His list was catered for geologists (not that I am one), but was sadly very US-centric. Since I personally never intend to go back to that country Read more

UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO describes Global Geoparks as "single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development". Currently, the list includes 147 geoparks in 41 countries (List updated in December 2019). The four features that are fundamental to a UNESCO Global Geopark are: "In order to become a Read more

UNESCO (Natural) World Heritage Sites

The World Heritage Site List includes 255 natural and mixed sites that form a part of the natural heritage of the world, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. (List updated in August 2019). To qualify as a part of the list, the site must meet at least one of the following four (natural) criteria: vii: "contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty Read more

Mountains of Malaysia

This compilation came about after I decided to tweak the original list of mountains that I have been using over the past few years, and to narrow it down to just the main prominent peaks (the original list also did not take into account many mountains in Sabah and Sarawak). I determined that the best way to do this was to take into account their prominence*, or 'independence' if you will. The two international mountain Read more

Peaks of Ireland & the United Kingdom

A 'munro' is a name that has been given to mountains in Scotland that have peak elevations that surpass 914m (historically 3000 feet). 'Furths', on the other hand, are mountains outside ('furth' means 'outside') of Scotland that are located on the British Isles, and also with peak elevations that surpass 914 m. Since there is a combined total of 316 munros and furths, I decided to tweak the list a little and to narrow it Read more