Press releases

  • 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...
  • 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 (...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grouper peeking through a sea fan coral Photo: IUCN Photo Library © William Goodwin

    Crunch time for Caribbean corals
    07.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 September 2012 (IUCN) – Time is running out for corals on Caribbean reefs. Urgent measures must be taken to limit pollution and regulate aggressive fishing practices that threaten the existence of Caribbean coral reef...
  • Logo Photo: Rio+20

    Rio+20: invest in nature, says IUCN
    20.06.2012

    Policy-makers must rethink economic growth, promote social equity and ensure environmental protection, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Among the key issues are the...
  • Leopard Whipray (Himantura leoparda) Photo: Joe Wu

    Securing the web of life
    19.06.2012

    The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world’s animal, plant and fungi species. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, released...
  • posidonia seagrass Photo: Pierre-yves cousteau

    Mediterranean Seagrass Meadows: Resilience and Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation
    29.05.2012

    This new study will be presented in Málaga during the Seagrass meadows event in Spain and provides an insight into their potential for carbon sequestration at a time when carbon credit schemes are becoming increasingly important in...
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