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  • Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda Photo: Intu BOEDHIHARTONO

    Landscape restoration movement approaches 50 million hectares with El Salvador and Costa Rica commitments
    06.12.2012

    Doha, Qatar, 6 December, 2012 (IUCN) -- The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gains further momentum at the UN Climate Talks in Doha today, as Costa Rica and El Salvador...
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    Study raises concern over international trade in python skins
    27.11.2012

    Gland, Switzerland, 27 November 2012 – A new study finds that close to half a million python skins are reported as exported annually from South-East Asia. The main importer is the European fashion and leather industry. The study raises concerns over the...
  • Vietnam's forests are an important store of carbon for the REDD market Photo: IUCN Vietnam

    Turn commitments into action in Doha, says IUCN
    26.11.2012

    The great potential of nature as a cost-effective and no-regret solution to the climate challenge should be one of the central issues of the Doha debate according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
  • Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India Photo: Krishnendu Bose

    UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more
    20.10.2012

    Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (...
  • Dypsis ambositrae Photo: J. Dransfield/RBG Kew

    Madagascar’s palms near extinction
    17.10.2012

    Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International...
  • Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) DRC Photo: Conservation International Stephen Nash

    Primates in peril – conservationists reveal the world’s 25 most endangered primates
    15.10.2012

    Hyderabad, India - The world’s 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released today at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP11. Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2012–2014 has been compiled by the...
  • CBD Photo: CBD

    Big Plan for nature needs Big Action now
    08.10.2012

    Governments must take action and invest in nature to secure the diversity of life on earth and address today’s development challenges – urges IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on...
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photo: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory & The Dolphin Institute

    Turning the Big Plan into Big Action
    01.10.2012

    Talks to evaluate progress in halting the loss of nature will take place 8-19 October in Hyderabad, India at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11). Governments meeting in Hyderabad will discuss progress...
  • Stone sculptures Photo: IUCN /Artur Beltran

    Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics
    15.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 15 September 2012 (IUCN) – As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to...
  • When Love is in the Air, courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Fahim Hassan

    IUCN and Microsoft form unique partnership to tackle species extinction
    11.09.2012

    Microsoft and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, jointly announced today at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, the formation of a new partnership to further strengthen the information available on The IUCN Red...
  • Actinote zikani Photo: Andre Freitas

    The 100 most threatened species. Are they priceless or worthless?
    11.09.2012

    Tarzan’s Chameleon, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Pygmy Three-toed Sloth have all topped a new list of the species closest to extinction released today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Solomon Islands Photo: James Hardcastle

    Nature hotspots to get boost through joint EU initiative
    10.09.2012

    Jeju, Korea, 10 Sept, 2012 (IUCN) – Threatened natural areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are set to benefit from a unique partnership between the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), European Commission Joint Research Centre...
  • An herbalist and healer in Morocco Photo: M. Melhaoui

    Extinction of freshwater species in Northern Africa: a double loss
    10.09.2012

    This is the first time that a study conducted at the species level collates and integrates information on the socio-economic value of freshwater species and the threats to those species in Northern Africa.
  • Julia Marton Lefèvre meets the head of the Gangjeong village association Photo: IUCN

    Update on the World Conservation Congress and Jeju Naval Base
    09.09.2012

    IUCN is an open and democratic membership organization and has always welcomed constructive and vigorous dialogue about environmental issues based on sound science and mindful of IUCN’s vision of a just world that values and conserves nature.
  • Gorgon National Park Photo: Marc Hockings

    Green light for IUCN Green List of Protected Areas
    09.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 9 September 2012 (IUCN) – With several pilot projects underway, preparations for IUCN’s Green List of Well-Managed Protected areas are gathering pace prior to its official launch at the next IUCN World Parks Congress to be...

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