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  • Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania Photo: IUCNClaire Warmenbol

    Durban deal breathes new life into climate talks - IUCN
    13.12.2011

    Durban, South Africa, 11 December 2011 (IUCN). Governments at the UN climate talks in Durban agree on a package of measures to sustain current global efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and to conclude a new agreement with legal force that...
  • Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) Photo: Andrea Marshall

    Another leap towards the Barometer of Life
    10.11.2011

    The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of...
  • Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus Photo: Paddy Ryan / Ryan Photographic

    Depletion of the body snatchers: bad news for marine environment
    28.07.2011

    A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher.
  • Pierre-Yves Cousteau Photo: Pascal Robert, Cousteau Divers

    Young Cousteau floats IUCN’s boat
    12.07.2011

    Dedicated marine conservationist Pierre-Yves Cousteau has joined IUCN’s global team of Goodwill Ambassadors.
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) Photo: OCEANA/Keith Ellenbogen

    Increased protection urgently needed for tunas
    07.07.2011

    For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a...
  • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona World Heritage Property Photo: Pedro Rosabal

    More World Heritage Sites, more challenges for conservation
    29.06.2011

    Paris, France, 29 June, 2011. Four outstanding natural sites in Kenya, Jordan, Australia and Japan were given World Heritage status following the advice of IUCN to the World Heritage Committee, which closes today in Paris. An extension to an...
  • Lake Bogoria landscape Photo: IUCN / Geoffroy Mauvais

    Natural wonders in Kenya, Australia and Japan declared World Heritage Sites
    25.06.2011

    The Lakes System in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Ningaloo Coast in Australia and the Ogasawara Islands in Japan have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN.
  • Wadi Rum Jordan Photo: Kyung Sik Woo

    Jordan and Germany also join World Heritage
    25.06.2011

    The Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan has been declared a World Heritage Site, becoming the 211th natural site to join UNESCO’s prestigious list.
  • Emperor angelfish in the Red Sea, Egypt Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Christian Laufenberg

    More support needed to boost Arab natural World Heritage
    21.06.2011

    With only two natural sites added to the World Heritage List in 15 years there is a need to review the process of nominating natural World Heritage Sites in Arab States, a new IUCN report has found.
  • 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. 
  • Participants at the IPAs workshop in Malaga - December 2009 Photo: IUCN-Med

    New international report to secure natural riches of North Africa and the Middle East
    01.06.2011

    An international conservation project has brought together botanists and scientists from the Middle East and North Africa - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia - in an unprecedented bid...
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is listed as Endangered at the Mediterranean level Photo: Tahsin Ceylan

    Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer
    15.04.2011

    More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to a study for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ on the status of marine fish in the Mediterranean Sea, almost half of the species...
  • 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...
  • 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.

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