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  • 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...
  • Aloa Grebe Photo: Chris Rose

    Wetland aliens cause bird extinction
    23.05.2010

    BirdLife International announces today, in an update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for birds, the extinction of Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous...
  • 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...
  • Giant mimosa (Mimosa pigra) growing 4 m high in a dense, impenetrable single species thicket on the Kafue Floodplain in Zambia Photo: Geoffrey Howard

    Are protected areas in Africa harbouring invasive species?
    20.05.2010

    Protected areas, long thought of as safe refuges for animals and plants, are under increasing threats from invasive species which not only affect biodiversity but also people’s livelihoods. Protected areas can have huge social and economic value, particularly...
  • A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum). Photo: Giridhar Amatya, IUCN Nepal

    New prescription needed for medicinal plants
    18.05.2010

    Medicinal plants are valuable species: they provide income and healthcare to thousands of people around the world. Greater numbers of people rely on traditional medicine, mostly based on herbs, for their primary healthcare than ‘conventional’ or western...
  • 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...
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    Science needn't cost the earth
    04.05.2010

    Background: Key decisions which could help to reverse the current extinction crisis will be decided at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice or SBSTTA, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 21 May 2010. Decisions taken...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One-horn rhinoceros at the Chitwan National Park, Nepal Photo: Andrew Gell

    Time for closer collaboration on wildlife trade
    25.03.2010

    Doha, Qatar, Thursday 25 March 2010 (IUCN) – It’s time for joint action and for regulatory bodies to work together to ensure the continued survival of species threatened by wildlife trade, says IUCN at the end of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the...
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photo: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory & The Dolphin Institute

    Healthy biodiversity is no luxury - it's the foundation of all life on earth
    23.03.2010

    IUCN calls for a clear post-2010 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity. We have failed to meet the target adopted through the Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and we are currently witnessing the greatest extinction...

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