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  • Virgin Komi Forests, Russian Federation Photo: Jim Thorsell

    One in ten natural World Heritage Sites in Danger
    23.06.2012

    UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s annual meeting, which starts in St Petersburg on Sunday, will see a total of 36 new sites considered for inscription as natural and cultural sites, and a series of monitoring reports on the sites already listed. But if IUCN...
  • Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development Photo: United Nations

    20 years on, civil society leads in Rio
    22.06.2012

    Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future.
  • 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...
  • Vth IUCN World Parks Congress Logo Photo: WCPA

    Australia to host IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014
    19.06.2012

    A landmark global forum on parks and protected areas is to be hosted in Australia in November 2014. The IUCN World Parks Congress takes place only once every ten years, and is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area...
  • Multi-tasking Photo: © Dreamstime.com / Lanthilda

    USA and others to restore more than 18 million hectares of forest lands
    18.06.2012

    USA forest service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host...
  • Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda Photo: Intu BOEDHIHARTONO

    Bianca Jagger, IUCN and Airbus launch campaign supporting world’s largest forest land restoration initiative
    12.06.2012

    Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Airbus launched today “Plant a Pledge” – an online campaign to mobilise public support for the largest restoration initiative in...
  • The Sangha Trinational is recommended to be added on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Photo: © IUCN Charles Doumenge

    IUCN recommends four natural wonders to become World Heritage Sites
    11.06.2012

    Outstanding natural and cultural areas to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the World Heritage Committee meeting in St Petersburg, Russian Federation from 24 June until 6 July 2012. A total of 36 cultural and natural sites will be...
  • female Restinga Antwren (Formicivora littoralis) Photo: Luiz Freire

    Threat to the Amazon’s birds is greater than ever
    07.06.2012

    The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, reveals the 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ update for birds released today by BirdLife International. The new assessment is based on models projecting the...
  • Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) Photo: Susie Ellis. International Rhino Foundation

    2012 marks the start of The International Year of the Rhino
    05.06.2012

    Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare...
  • The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Julie Griffin

    Invest in nature, improve our world
    31.05.2012

    Background: In advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or ‘Rio+20’ as it is commonly known, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls upon policy-makers to rethink economic growth, promote social equity...
  • 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...
  • Female Saola  (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis),  Lak Xao, Bolikhamxay Province, Laos, 1996. Photo: William Robichaud

    Saola still a mystery 20 years after its spectacular debut
    21.05.2012

    Two decades after the sensational discovery of a new ungulate species called the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), this rare animal remains as mysterious and elusive as ever. The Saola Working Group (SWG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, WWF and the...
  • IUCN logo Photo: IUCN

    Nature is a solution, not a victim, says IUCN on Earth Day
    19.04.2012

    April 22 marks the annual Earth Day, and this year Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), will be speaking on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall about nature as a solution to global challenges, and the...
  • Asif Shuja Khan, Director General, Pak-EPA highlighted the importance of EIA Photo: IUCN Pakistan

    Awareness Raising Seminar for Media on EIA and SEA
    20.03.2012

    Experts at a media seminar on Tuesday underlined the need for effective Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to mitigate environmental damages and losses to national kitty.

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