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  • IUCN Director General Inger Andersen speaks at a marine plastics event at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, February 2019 IUCN Director General Inger Andersen speaks at a marine plastics event at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, February 2019 Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    IUCN Director General appointed to head UNEP
    21.02.2019

    IUCN Director General Inger Andersen has been appointed to the post of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Giant tube worms Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

    Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea – IUCN report
    16.07.2018

    Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.
  • © Stewart MacDonald Photo: © Stewart MacDonald

    Australia’s reptiles threatened by invasive species, climate change – IUCN Red List
    05.07.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 5 July 2018 (IUCN) – Australia’s unique reptiles – including lizards and snakes – face severe threats from invasive species and climate change, with 7% of them threatened with extinction, reveals the latest update of The IUCN Red List of...
  • Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Photo: HUTAN KOCP

    Saying ‘no’ to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss – IUCN report
    26.06.2018

    Paris, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil, warned an IUCN report published...
  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage site The "Blue Hole" in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Second largest reef on Earth off ‘danger list’, following IUCN’s advice
    26.06.2018

    Manama, Bahrain, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – the world’s second largest coral reef system after the Great Barrier Reef – has come off the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of the International Union for...
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...
  • Beach erosion, Jupiter, Florida.  Photo: William Djubin, EarthRehab

    Ocean risks a wake-up call for policymakers – IUCN report
    08.05.2018

    Southampton, Bermuda, 08 May 2018 (XL Catlin/IUCN): A new report by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, commissioned by the global (re)insurance company XL Catlin, warns of unprecedented changes occurring in the ocean and points to the...
  • New guidelines launched for businesses operating within Key Biodiversity Areas Photo: B. Barov-BirdLife International

    Business in Key Biodiversity Areas: minimising the risk to nature
    17.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 17 April 2018 (IUCN) – A roadmap for businesses operating in some of the most biologically significant places on the planet has been issued today by the Key Biodiversity Area Partnership involving 12 of the world’s leading conservation...
  • New IUCN guide for sport explores how to reduce impacts on biodiversity. Photo: IUCN

    New IUCN guide highlights how sports industry can contribute to biodiversity conservation
    09.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 9 April 2018 (IUCN) – A new guide designed to help the sports industry understand its potential impacts on nature and options for mitigating them, as well as identify new opportunities for sport to enhance conservation, was released today...
  • Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Photo: Barbara Ender Jone

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species – IUCN Red List
    05.12.2017

    Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2017 (IUCN) – Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise,...
  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Socotra Archipelago, Yemen was hit cyclones in 2015 - a rare weather event in this part of the Indian Ocean. Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN
    13.11.2017

    Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released today...
  • White Ash (Fraxinus americana) White Ash (Fraxinus americana) Photo: The Morton Arboretum

    Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction – IUCN Red List
    14.09.2017

    North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African...
  • Białowieża Forest, Poland-Belarus - 2016 IUCN advisory mission Białowieża Forest, Poland-Belarus - IUCN carried out an advisory mission in Poland in 2016 Photo: IUCN / Hervé Léthier

    UNESCO urges Poland to immediately stop logging in the old-growth forests of Białowieża World Heritage site, following IUCN’s advice
    05.07.2017

    Kraków, Poland, 05 July 2017 (IUCN) – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has adopted a decision today urging Poland to immediately halt all logging and wood extraction in the old-growth forests of Białowieża. The decision follows the advice of the...
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico - a fishing port on the coast of Gulf of Mexico Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage, pushing the vaquita to the brink and depleting forests – IUCN
    30.06.2017

    Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year, putting some of the world’s most...
  • On hard substrata, frequently observed epilithic organisms include corals, actiniarians, hydroids, sponges, ascidians and crinoids Photo: IUCN/NERC

    Deep sea mining threatens unique marine life, experts warn
    26.06.2017

    Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated for through biodiversity offsets, 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in...

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