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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Summit of Mt. Halla Photo: Jeju Province

    IUCN announces winner of 2012 IUCN Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award
    01.07.2012

    For more than ten years, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has partnered with Thomson Reuters Foundation to honour environmental journalism with the IUCN – Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award. IUCN is pleased to announce that the...
  • Mountains of Virgin Komi, Russia Photo: Mariam Kenza Ali

    No ‘danger listing’ for four natural World Heritage sites - against IUCN advice
    29.06.2012

    St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 29 June 2012 (IUCN) – None of the four natural World Heritage sites that IUCN recommended for inclusion on the Danger List have been added, in what is seen by IUCN experts as a blow for conservation.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania Photo: IUCNClaire Warmenbol

    Durban deal breathes new life into climate talks - IUCN
    13.12.2011

    Durban, South Africa, 11 December 2011 (IUCN). Governments at the UN climate talks in Durban agree on a package of measures to sustain current global efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and to conclude a new agreement with legal force that...
  • Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) Photo: Andrea Marshall

    Another leap towards the Barometer of Life
    10.11.2011

    The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of...
  • Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus Photo: Paddy Ryan / Ryan Photographic

    Depletion of the body snatchers: bad news for marine environment
    28.07.2011

    A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher.
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) Photo: OCEANA/Keith Ellenbogen

    Increased protection urgently needed for tunas
    07.07.2011

    For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a...
  • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona World Heritage Property Photo: Pedro Rosabal

    More World Heritage Sites, more challenges for conservation
    29.06.2011

    Paris, France, 29 June, 2011. Four outstanding natural sites in Kenya, Jordan, Australia and Japan were given World Heritage status following the advice of IUCN to the World Heritage Committee, which closes today in Paris. An extension to an...
  • Wadi Rum Jordan Photo: Kyung Sik Woo

    Jordan and Germany also join World Heritage
    25.06.2011

    The Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan has been declared a World Heritage Site, becoming the 211th natural site to join UNESCO’s prestigious list.
  • Lake Bogoria landscape Photo: IUCN / Geoffroy Mauvais

    Natural wonders in Kenya, Australia and Japan declared World Heritage Sites
    25.06.2011

    The Lakes System in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Ningaloo Coast in Australia and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN.

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