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  • Rhône Glacier, Valais, Switzerland Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Cécile Durussel

    Confidence needs to be restored urgently at the UN climate change talks in Cancun

    Governments must restore confidence in the negotiation process of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by increasing climate funding and ensuring natural solutions are part of the post-2012 regime, says IUCN.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth

    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

    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

    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...
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    Scientists call for biodiversity barometer

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Fishes in the Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, Belize Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Belize barrier reef and Los Katios park in danger

    The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN.
  • Ashok Khosla at the IUCN World Conservation Congress Photo: IUCN/Group J. Muntaner

    IUCN’s New President Announced

    Members of IUCN are celebrating the announcement of their new president, Ashok Khosla from India. He was running against Purificació Canals and Carlos Manuel Rodríguez in the presidential run-off at the world’s oldest and largest environmental network, held...
  • 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

    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...
  • seed_awards.jpg Photo: Seed Initiative

    Making sustainable development happen: SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners

    Five highly resourceful and innovative local entrepreneurial partnerships which can contribute to the Millennium Development Goals were today celebrated as the SEED Initiative announced its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development.
  • 2008 Reuters IUCN Media Awards Photo: IUCN

    Reuters-IUCN Environmental Media Awards announce regional winners

    Reuters Foundation and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announce today the regional winners of the 2008 Reuters-IUCN Media Awards for Excellence in Environmental Reporting, who will vie for the global prize of US$5,000.
  • The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France Photo: IUCN - Dan Laffoley

    Eight new natural wonders for the World Heritage List

    Eight new natural sites have been added to the World Heritage List, following IUCN’s recommendations.The new sites include the Socotra Archipelago in Yemen, Canada’s Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the French Lagoons of New Caledonia, Saryarka in Northern Kazakhstan,...


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