Press releases

  • 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

    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.
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    For elephants' sake – let’s get our act together

    The elephant issue remains central to CITES though, unfortunately, the emotiveness of the ivory debate has not dissipated and the divisions are as deep now as at any time in the past. IUCN is concerned that much of this may be diverting efforts from the real...
  • Acipenser sturio Photo: Jean Francois Hellio and Nicolas van Ingen

    Sturgeon more critically endangered than any other group of species

    Eighty five percent of sturgeon, one of the oldest families of fishes in existence, valued around the world for their precious roe, are at risk of extinction, making them the most threatened group of animals on the IUCN Red List of Threatened...
  • Coenonympha orientalis Photo: Neil Thompson

    Habitat loss blamed for more species decline

    Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies. The release of the European Red List, commissioned by the European Commission, shows that nine percent of butterflies, 11 percent of saproxylic beetles (beetles that...
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    Put CITES on your menu

    Background: Key decisions on the international trade of bluefin tuna, sharks, polar bears and coral, among many other species, will be decided at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...
  • Bison on the American Prairie Reserve Photo: Steve Zack, Wildlife Conservation Society

    Bringing bison back to North America

    The next 10 to 20 years could be extremely significant for restoring wild populations of American bison to their original roaming grounds. But for this to happen, more land must be made available for herds to roam free, government policies must be updated and...
  • The Juan Fernandez Firecrown, threatened by a range of introduced plant and animal species on Isla Robinson Crusoe, Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile Photo: Rare Birds Yearbook/Peter Hodum

    Impact of nature’s invading aliens measured for first time

      Invasive Alien Species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), of which IUCN is a partner...
  • Green heron (Butorides striatus) among mangrove roots, Sri Lanka. Photo: Vimukthi Weeratunge

    Aires protégées – des solutions naturelles à la crise du changement climatique

    Les aires protégées offrent une solution rentable pour lutter contre les effets des changements climatiques, selon une étude de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), The Nature Conservancy, le Programme des Nations unies pour le...
  • Forest dwelling children Photo: Julian Orozco Badilla / IUCN

    International Year of Biodiversity - investing in nature, improving lives

    The International Year of Biodiversity has been launched at a ceremony in Berlin with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the world will face "enormous costs" if no action is taken to tackle climate change and to secure biodiversity.


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