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  • UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo Photo: UNFCCC

    Foundation for climate deal laid in Cancun - IUCN
    10.12.2010

    Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps that set up a 'global climate fund' to help poor nations create a mechanism to share clean technologies, protect tropical forests and help the poor...
  • PNN Defensores del Chaco Photo: Freddy Chávez, Nativa 2010

    Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN
    07.12.2010

    Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN.
  • Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea Photo: IUCN

    Bring back lost and degraded forests, says IUCN
    05.12.2010

    Preliminary analysis shows that an estimated 1.5 billion hectares of the world’s lost and degraded forests, an area almost the size of Russia, could be restored. This is the result of the latest global research, which now needs to be expanded at a national...
  • IUCN spokesperson Carole Saint Laurent speaking at the 'women in REDD' event, UNFCCC Cancun Photo: IUCN

    Women in REDD critical for climate action
    02.12.2010

    Cancun, Mexico. Women must be included in all international efforts to save the world’s remaining forests and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, according to IUCN.
  • Rhône Glacier, Valais, Switzerland Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Cécile Durussel

    Confidence needs to be restored urgently at the UN climate change talks in Cancun
    29.11.2010

    Governments must restore confidence in the negotiation process of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by increasing climate funding and ensuring natural solutions are part of the post-2012 regime, says IUCN.
  • Sumatran Tiger with visible snare wounds,
Medan Zoo, North Sumatra, Indonesia Photo: Chris R. Shepherd/TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

    Tackling the tiger crisis
    19.11.2010

    Background: Crucial talks to bring Asia’s most iconic animal, the tiger, back from the brink of extinction are taking place in St Petersburg, Russia, from 21 to 24 November. The International Tiger Forum, hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,...
  • Tiger cubs Photo: IUCN Sue Mainka

    IUCN Council statement of support for tiger conservation
    18.11.2010

    Ahead of the International Forum for Tiger Conservation, hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, that takes place in St. Petersburg 21-24 November, the IUCN Council (governing body) issues the following statement:
  • Cambio Climático Photo: Sebastià Semene

    No time for crisis in climate change confidence
    16.11.2010

    Two weeks ahead of the UN climate summit in Cancun, IUCN calls on policy-makers to restore confidence in the negotiation process, increase climate funding and ensure that natural solutions are part of a post-2012 regime. Adaptation, finance and Reducing...
  • The new squid is 70cm long Photo: Rainer von Brandis

    New large squid found
    15.11.2010

    A new species of squid has been discovered by scientists analysing 7,000 samples gathered during last year’s IUCN-led seamounts cruise in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth
    29.10.2010

    Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s...
  • Save our Species logo Photo: Save our Species

    SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis
    28.10.2010

    The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species...
  • Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) Photo: Timothy Herman

    Nature’s backbone at risk
    27.10.2010

    The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at...
  • Juliane von Mittelstaedt, joint winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting Photo: IUCN

    Prize Goes to Forests in Madagascar and Brazil
    26.10.2010

    The 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting goes to Anjali Nayar and Juliane von Mittelstaedt for their articles on saving the forests in Madagascar and Brazil.
  • Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae), one of the worst Invasive Alien Species Photo: Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    Plant conservation progress in Asia
    25.10.2010

    A new report from IUCN suggests that combining conservation, using plant diversity sustainably with a focus on poverty alleviation should be the future strategy for plant conservation in Asia. It emphasizes that the sustainable use of plants should be...
  • Invasive cheatgrass can displace native shrublands decreasing carbon storage and increasing fire risks Photo: NRCS/USDA

    Invasive species and climate change form a ‘deadly duo’, warn top scientists
    22.10.2010

    Two of the greatest threats to the natural world - invasive species and climate change – when combined, not only have devastating impacts on the environment but can also cost countries ten per cent of their Gross Domestic Product. In a report, released this...

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