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  • Pangolin scales for sale in Asia Photo: Dan Challender

    Eating pangolins to extinction
    29.07.2014

    The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction.
  • Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012 Photo: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

    From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed
    30.06.2014

    Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 (IUCN) – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the...
  • 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...
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu. Photo: Hawai‘i Convention Center

    Hawaii to host the next IUCN World Conservation Congress
    21.05.2014

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council has selected Hawaii, United States of America, as the host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress – the world’s largest conservation event.
  • Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture Photo: Göran Holmström

    Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees
    02.04.2014

    Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level.
  • Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry Photo: Daniel Natusch / IUCN

    Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding
    31.03.2014

    The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today.
  • After Restoration, Ansai, Shaanxi, Loess Plateau, China 2009 c John Liu Photo: After Restoration, Ansai, Shaanxi, Loess Plateau, China 2009

    Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN
    21.03.2014

    The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration...
  • 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.
  • Western Gray Whale and ship. Photo: Dave Weller

    Keeping whales safe in sound
    20.01.2014

    A unique collaboration between the oil and gas industry, scientists and conservationists proves a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales and other species.
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade
    02.12.2013

    As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and IUCN, new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its...
  • Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    Governments must commit to providing significant funds for climate change adaptation
    20.11.2013

    Ministers meeting at global climate talks in Warsaw should heed the lessons of past disasters
  • Een vrouw in Mozambique brengt water van de bron naar haar dorp. Photo: Daniel Shaw / IUCN

    First-ever Environment and Gender Index ranks 72 countries
    19.11.2013

    Warsaw, Poland 19 November 2013 — Today at the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will release the first-ever Environment and Gender Index which monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment...

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