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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lake with dormant volcano, Sajama National Park Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Carla Vaucher

    IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems gains speed
    09.09.2012

    From Australia to Patagonia, from coral reefs to rainforests and deserts, the new IUCN Red List of Ecosystems will assess the status of ecosystems worldwide, to identify their risks and the potential impact on both ecosystems and human wellbeing.
  • Boats in Sa'anapu marine protected area, Samoa Photo: Imène Meliane

    When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area
    08.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN) – As concern increases on the state of natural resources and the degradation of the world’s oceans, it is critical to be clear on how countries are progressing with conservation actions for the...
  • Forests in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    Restoring world’s forests proven to boost local economies and reduce poverty
    08.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN). A 5-year programme to restore forest landscapes in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has demonstrated their crucial role in creating jobs and boosting incomes for local residents.
  • Flamingos taking off from Lake Nakuru Photo: Geoffroy Mauvais

    Launch of a new report on Protected Areas
    07.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 September, 2012 (IUCN) – Protected Areas –parks, nature reserves and other natural areas– assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over one billion people, while containing 15...

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