Press releases

  • Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) Photo: Sergey Yeliseev

    Big birds lose out in a crowded world
    07.06.2011

    One of the world’s largest species of bird is on the brink of extinction according to the 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for birds, just released by BirdLife International, an IUCN Red List partner. 
  • IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre 'unplugs' for Earth Hour Photo: IUCN/Ewa Magiera

    Message from IUCN's Director General for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, 26 March
    24.03.2011

    A message from IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, Saturday 26 March.
  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests
    21.03.2011

    The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various...
  • Groundwater dependant ecosystems support livelihoods in Vietnam Photo: IUCN Vietnam

    World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands
    31.01.2011

    Background: Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of...
  • Amami rabbit Photo: H. Katsu

    Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?
    25.01.2011

    Background: Celebrations begin on Thursday 3 February 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit. However, as we enter this new cycle in the Chinese zodiac, conservationists are warning that, in spite of their reputation as...
  • IUCN spokesperson Carole Saint Laurent speaking at the 'women in REDD' event, UNFCCC Cancun Photo: IUCN

    Women in REDD critical for climate action
    02.12.2010

    Cancun, Mexico. Women must be included in all international efforts to save the world’s remaining forests and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, according to IUCN.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth
    29.10.2010

    Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s...
  • Save our Species logo Photo: Save our Species

    SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis
    28.10.2010

    The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species...
  • Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) Photo: Timothy Herman

    Nature’s backbone at risk
    27.10.2010

    The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at...
  • Orange-eyed green tree frog Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforest_harley/

    Scientists call for biodiversity barometer
    08.04.2010

    For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including...
  • The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Julie Griffin

    Billion hectares of forests with potential for restoration, study shows
    26.11.2009

    Land areas around the world, bigger than Canada, have been identified as having potential to be restored to good quality, healthy forests, a new study has found.
  • Vue paysage Burkinabè Photo: JEan de Dieu ILBOUDO

    Climate change: turn the tide – turn to nature
    23.11.2009

    UNFCCC COP15 meeting: 7 to 18 December, Copenhagen Leaders at Copenhagen should make robust commitments and a timetable for achieving a legally binding treaty for the post-2012 climate change regime as early as possible.  
  • Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Photo: Joe Zammit Lucia

    Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN
    02.07.2009

    Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
  • A river in Los Katios National Park, Colombia 
by Jim Thorsell, January 1994 Photo: Jim Thorsell

    World Heritage in Danger - IUCN
    29.06.2009

    The Danger List of World Heritage Sites needs radical change if is to remain an effective conservation tool, according to a report released today by IUCN.
  • Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Threat category: ENDANGERED Photo: Antonio Ribas / Iberian Lynx Ex-situ Conservation Programme

    IUCN Red List reveals world’s mammals in crisis
    06.10.2008

    Barcelona, Spain, 6 October, 2008 (IUCN) – The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s mammals has confirmed an extinction crisis, with almost one in four at risk of disappearing forever, according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, revealed at...

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