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  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Fishing on the Perfume River in Vietnam Photo: Elroy Bos

    The future of water in the face of climate change
    06.09.2010

    There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent...
  • IUCN's new conservation centre Photo: Holcim

    Swiss Solar Energy Prize 2010
    03.09.2010

    The 2010 Swiss Solar Energy Prize has been awarded to the ground-breaking solar energy system created by Romande Energie and mounted on the recently inaugurated offices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Knuckles Mountain Range, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka Photo: IUCN Vinod B. Mathur

    Hawai’i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List
    31.07.2010

    The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawai’i were added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in Brasilia. The Committee continues its consideration of natural sites for inscription.

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