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  • The finless porpoise of the Yangtze River. This mother and her calf are in a semi natural reserve, protected from the vessel traffic and fishing nets in the main river Photo: Xiaoqiang Wang

    World’s oldest and largest species in decline – IUCN Red List
    02.07.2013

    The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ shows worrying declines for conifers – the world’s oldest and largest organisms – freshwater shrimps, cone snails and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise. The Santa Cruz Pupfish, a lizard known as the...
  • Namibia, Namib Sand Sea Photo: IUCN Peter Howard

    Five natural wonders declared World Heritage
    21.06.2013

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico have been declared World Heritage...
  • UNESCO WHC 2013 Cambodia Photo: UNESCO

    Decision time for World Heritage
    16.06.2013

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16 June 2013 (IUCN) – UNESCO’s annual World Heritage meeting, which starts today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will see a total of 34 natural and cultural areas considered for World Heritage status. The World Heritage Committee will also...
  • Cheetahs in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Sue Mainka

    From words to action – key organizations team up to stop the extinction crisis
    28.05.2013

    With unprecedented species declines and more than 20,000 of the species assessed on The IUCN Red List threatened with extinction, IUCN and other organizations come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent further species...
  • Black rhino (Diceros bicornis) Photo: IUCN / Jeffrey McNeely

    Sharks, rhinos and elephants among wildlife trade summit winners
    14.03.2013

    A historic vote to improve the sustainability of the international trade of eight species of sharks and rays that are listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is among the key decisions taken at the CITES wildlife trade summit closing...
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    New report warns of uncertain future for African elephants
    06.03.2013

    Bangkok, 6 March 2013— Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows - with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized over the last decade.
  • Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana Photo: Sue Mainka

    Time to put a stop to illegal wildlife trade, says IUCN
    28.02.2013

    Bangkok, Thailand, 28 February 2013 – Poaching, illegal trade and other important issues facing wildlife today will be discussed at the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of...
  • Afrikaanse zwarte neushoorn in Ngorongoro Photo: IUCN/Richard Emslie

    African rhinos won’t hold out for much longer, IUCN experts warn
    26.02.2013

    Gland, Switzerland, 26 February 2013 – Nearly 2,400 rhinos have been poached across Africa since 2006, slowing the population growth of both African rhino species to some of the lowest levels since 1995, according to the latest facts revealed by IUCN experts.
  • Aluminium is in great demand for its unique qualities such as durability, strength and its ability to be recycled forever without loss of quality. Photo: Rick Kimpel (Creative Commons)

    Global brands and IUCN to set standard for aluminium sustainability
    25.02.2013

    Gland, Switzerland, 28 February 2013 – Audi, BMW Group, Hydro and Rexam join the IUCN-led Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, to develop a global standard for aluminium sustainability by the end of 2014.
  • Boa and Python specialist group image Boa and Python specialist group image Photo: IUCN Boa and Python specialist group

    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...

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