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  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands Photo: Stuart Chape

    Protect Planet Ocean Now
    17.10.2010

    With only one per cent of the world’s oceans under protection, countries are far behind the 10 per cent target promised for 2010. A greater political will and a change in the way we manage our marine capital are needed now to preserve the Earth’s oceans for...
  • 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.
  • Greening the economy Photo: IUCN

    Business backs efforts to halt biodiversity loss
    28.09.2010

    Background: Finding ways for businesses to become more involved in helping to halt and reverse the current loss of biodiversity will be the main focus of the International Business and Ecosystems Dialogue, which will take place on Tuesday 26th October in...
  • Platymantis vitiensis, Fiji Tree Frog Photo: Paddy Ryan

    Cash now, save life tomorrow, says IUCN
    21.09.2010

    As world leaders gather in New York for tomorrow’s first ever United Nations high level event on the extinction crisis, ahead of the UN General Assembly, IUCN urges governments to put up the cash that will allow the ever increasing rate of species extinction...
  • Women pressing palm oil, Ghana Photo: Flickr/Raysto

    Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals
    20.09.2010

    Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders...

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