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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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Snake Photo: Rafael Rojas

    ‘Big Plan’ for nature needs big commitment
    15.10.2010

    World leaders need vision and political will to ensure we live in harmony with nature, says IUCN. This call comes in the run up to talks to halt the spiraling loss of biodiversity, which is ultimately threatening the existence of all life on earth.
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photo: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory & The Dolphin Institute

    Biodiversity where it belongs at top of UN agenda
    17.09.2010

    UN’s first ever high level event on biodiversity: September 22, New York, US  
  • Saola captured by villagers in Laos Photo: Bolikhamxay Provincial Conservation Unit

    Asian ‘Unicorn’ sighted for first time in over ten years
    16.09.2010

    For the first time in more than ten years, there has been a confirmed sighting of one of the rarest and most enigmatic animals in the world, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) from the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. The Government of the Lao People'...
  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, World Heritage site in China Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Working with water for better cities
    30.08.2010

    Growing populations in towns and cities worldwide mean that more pressure is placed on our natural water supplies. Protecting water resources upstream must become a priority to ensure that people living in towns and cities downstream have access to clean...
  • World heritage site in Korea Photo: © Korea National Parks Service

    How’s our World Heritage? IUCN’s assessment of new and existing sites.
    15.07.2010

    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets in Brasilia, Brazil from 25 July to 3 August to add new outstanding natural and cultural places to the list of World Heritage sites. IUCN plays a key role in the meeting as the advisory body assessing natural sites...
  • news_eng_rio_tinto.png Photo: IUCN

    IUCN and Rio Tinto announce three-year relationship – focus on enhanced sustainable development
    12.07.2010

    IUCN and Rio Tinto today entered into a formal collaboration agreement, committing to work together over a three-year period.
  • Firma del Acuerdo entre UICN y las autoridades españolas - 25 de mayo de 2010 para el Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo en Málaga Photo: UICN-Med

    Spain to lead IUCN in the Mediterranean
    25.05.2010

    On 25 May 2010, the Spanish Minister of Environment, Elena Espinosa, the Director of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation and Development, Elena Madrazo, the Andalusia Regional Minister of Environment, Juan Díaz Trillo and the Director of...

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