Press releases

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i Photo: J Tamelander / IUCN

    World Heritage goes marine – Hawai’i and Phoenix Islands Added
    30.08.2010

    Six new natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting which closed in Brasilia last night. The Committee also updated its List of World Heritage in Danger.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Louisiana oil spill Photo: Jesse Kavanaugh, US Coast Guard

    Stop oil and gas exploration now, says IUCN
    07.06.2010

    Following the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls for a global moratorium on oil and gas exploitation in ecologically sensitive areas, including deepwater ocean sites and...
  • 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...
  • Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park, Phillipines Photo: Wikipedia

    One step forward to halting biodiversity loss?
    23.05.2010

    Governments have made “positive moves” towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet. Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and...
  • Artisanal fishing in mangroves area, Chiapas, Mexico Photo: IUCN Photo Library © IUCN / Enrique Lahmann

    World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target
    29.04.2010

    Background: World leaders have failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines. These findings are the result of a new paper published in the journal...
  • Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji Photo: Stuart Chape

    Mangrove forests in worldwide decline
    09.04.2010

    More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves...
  • Coral Reefs Photo: IUCN

    Nouveau partenariat marin pour l'UICN à Monaco
    01.04.2010

    La Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, et l’UICN, Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, en présence de l’Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1er, Prince de Monaco, décident d’allier leurs forces pour la réalisation de leurs objectifs...
  • Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered Photo: Steven Campana

    Only one in four shark proposals adopted at CITES
    23.03.2010

    Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted in favour of only one of four proposals to list shark species under CITES Appendix II, which requires international trade to be monitored and regulated.
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