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  • Earth inside water droplet Photo: danymages Shutterstock

    Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future
    12.12.2015

    Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.
  • Increasingly severe droughts caused by climate change are stripping many of the world’s most vulnerable people of the land they need to grow their food. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © IUCN / Alicia Wirz

    Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN
    28.11.2015

    Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate.
  • Tendal Waterfall, Los Katíos National Park, Colombia Photo: UICN Tilman Jaeger

    Colombian World Heritage site in conflict area comes off ‘danger list’, as advised by IUCN
    30.06.2015

    Bonn, Germany, 30 June 2015 (IUCN) – Colombia’s Los Katíos National Park has been taken off the List of World Heritage in Danger today at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Bonn, Germany. The decision follows advice by IUCN,...
  • East Rennell, Solomon Islands Photo: IUCN Photo Library / Paul Dingwall

    Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN
    25.06.2015

    Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn,...
  • Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji Photo: Stuart Chape

    IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas
    19.11.2014

    Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging...
  • Children in Simien National Park, World Heritage site, Ethiopia Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Peter Howard

    New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage
    18.11.2014

    Sydney, Australia – Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN released today at the IUCN...
  • Andinobates dorisswansonae Photo: Mauricio Rivera Correa

    Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List
    17.11.2014

    Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the...
  • Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland Photo: C. Hicks, IUCN Lao PDR

    New UNEP report unveils world on track to meet 2020 target for protected areas on land and sea
    13.11.2014

    15.4% of terrestrial areas, 3.4% of oceans protected, but further progress needed to cover and effectively manage areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services 
  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis
    17.10.2014

    Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN...
  • Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General Photo: Inger Andersen

    Inger Andersen named IUCN Director General
    14.10.2014

    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today the appointment of Inger Andersen as the new Director General of the Union starting in January 2015.
  • Duba lilies, Okavango delta Photo: Eliot Taylor

    Iconic Okavango Delta becomes 1,000th World Heritage site
    22.06.2014

    Doha, Qatar, 22 June 2014 (IUCN) – Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic natural areas on the planet, has been listed as 1,000th World Heritage site today. The decision follows the recommendation of IUCN, UNESCO’s advisory body on nature.
  • Hippos in the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Illegal trade puts more World Heritage sites in danger
    18.06.2014

    Doha, Qatar, 18 June 2014 (IUCN) – Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve has been listed as World Heritage in Danger due to unprecedented levels of illegal wildlife trade, as announced today at the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.
  • Japanese Eel (Anguilla japonica) Photo: Yuichi Kano

    IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species
    12.06.2014

    Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three...
  • Sargassum habitat Photo: Don Kincaid

    Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea
    12.03.2014

    Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich...
  • Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site Photo: IUCN Photo Library © G.Collin

    IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites
    03.02.2014

    Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit.

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