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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Tortoise beetle Photo: www.neloy.in

    Spineless creatures that rule the world
    31.08.2012

    One-fifth of the world’s invertebrates may be threatened with extinction according to ‘Spineless,’ a report published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in conjunction with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the IUCN...
  • Brotia armata, a species  from central Thailand Photo: Andreas Helmenstein

    Freshwater species in Indo-Burma region under threat
    22.08.2012

    An assessment of 2,515 described freshwater species in the Indo-Burma region by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners has revealed that 13% of these species are threatened with extinction. The report comes at a time when large...
  • Bignose Unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) Photo: Robert Myers

    Latest IUCN Red List assessment finds parrotfish and surgeonfish facing heightened risk of localized extinction
    18.07.2012

    A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ found that 86% of the populations of parrotfish and surgeonfish face a low risk of extinction globally, but they do face a heightened risk of extinction regionally—especially in areas like...
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    IUCN Director General to Speak at Esri International User Conference
    16.07.2012

    Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, will speak at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California, on July...

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