Press releases

  • 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...
  • www.countdown2010.net Photo: Countdown 2010

    Mobilizing society to support biodiversity
    19.10.2010

    As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis.
  • La Reunion, Piton cabris, copyright IUCN Wendy Strahm Photo: IUCN

    New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown
    02.08.2010

    Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also...
  • TEEB for Business Photo: TEEB

    Biodiversity climbs the corporate agenda
    13.07.2010

    Business leaders in biodiversity-rich developing economies are concerned about losses of ‘natural capital’, a new report highlights.
  • Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Coasts of life: helping tropical seaside communities cope with climate change
    08.06.2010

    Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides...
  • IUCN Conservation Centre Photo: © Holcim Foundation

    Walking the talk - IUCN opens one of Europe’s greenest office buildings
    04.06.2010

    Gland, Switzerland, 4 June 2010 (IUCN) – IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, inaugurates its new Conservation Centre today, setting a benchmark for sustainable office construction.
  • 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...
  • Breaching gray whale Photo: Dave Weller

    Seismic threat to Critically Endangered whales
    24.05.2010

    A seismic survey planned by the Russian petroleum company Rosneft in summer 2010 poses a major threat to the Critically Endangered Western Gray Whale population. In a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Director General of the International...
  • Forest dweller living off the resources of the forest Photo: Phaivanh Phiapalath / IUCN

    Saving biodiversity isn't rocket science
    17.05.2010

    The best possible science needs to be available to governments and policy makers as they strive to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Independent, credible scientific advice delivered in a relevant and readily usable way for decision making is the key...
  • Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird Photo: Roy Toft / International League of Conservation Photographers

    Governments to debate planet "bailout"
    06.05.2010

    Never has the world faced a more pressing crisis than the current loss of biodiversity, which affects every man, woman and child. The gap between the pressure on our natural resources and governments’ response to the deterioration is widening. IUCN is calling...
  • Orange-eyed green tree frog Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforest_harley/

    Scientists call for biodiversity barometer
    08.04.2010

    For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including...
  • Coenonympha orientalis Photo: Neil Thompson

    Habitat loss blamed for more species decline
    12.03.2010

    Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies. The release of the European Red List, commissioned by the European Commission, shows that nine percent of butterflies, 11 percent of saproxylic beetles (beetles that...
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