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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...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa Photo: Pr. George F. Turner

    African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake
    01.09.2010

    Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to...

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