Press releases

  • Marine Protected Areas cover almost 3% of the ocean Photo: Jeff Litton

    World nearing 3% of ocean protection

    Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the...
  • Deep-sea coral of the Indian Ocean Photo: © SIODFA

    Biggest zone closed to fishing announced

    Two high-seas areas in the Southern Indian Ocean have been added to the network of zones that are closed to deepwater trawling by a fishing industry group, making it the largest such enclosure in the world – IUCN and the Southern Indian Ocean Deepwater...
  • IUCN Photolibrary/Michelle Laurie Photo: Terminal moraines in the High Arctic

    IUCN Statement on issues surrounding arrest of Greenpeace activists

    Call for a peaceful, just and fair resolution of the issues surrounding the arrest of Greenpeace activists onboard the Arctic Sunrise
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    The Duke of Cambridge and IUCN unite for wildlife

    As part of his latest conservation initiative, The Duke of Cambridge brings together an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and seven of the world’s most influential conservation...
  • 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

    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

    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...
  • Mexico, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve Photo: IUCN Tilman Jaeger

    Mexico’s Pinacate desert wins World Heritage status

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 (IUCN) -- The extraordinary landscape of El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico with its sweeping dunes, huge volcanic craters and rich cultural heritage is the latest site to achieve World...
  • UNESCO WHC 2013 Cambodia Photo: UNESCO

    Decision time for World Heritage

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda Photo: Intu BOEDHIHARTONO

    Landscape restoration movement approaches 50 million hectares with El Salvador and Costa Rica commitments

    Doha, Qatar, 6 December, 2012 (IUCN) -- The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gains further momentum at the UN Climate Talks in Doha today, as Costa Rica and El Salvador...


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