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  • Namibia, Namib Sand Sea Photo: IUCN Peter Howard

    Five natural wonders declared World Heritage
    21.06.2013

    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...
  • Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India Photo: Krishnendu Bose

    UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more
    20.10.2012

    Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (...
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photo: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory & The Dolphin Institute

    Turning the Big Plan into Big Action
    01.10.2012

    Talks to evaluate progress in halting the loss of nature will take place 8-19 October in Hyderabad, India at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11). Governments meeting in Hyderabad will discuss progress...
  • Stone sculptures Photo: IUCN /Artur Beltran

    Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics
    15.09.2012

    Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 15 September 2012 (IUCN) – As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mining in the Philippines Photo: IUCN CEESP

    Mining threats on the rise in World Heritage sites
    27.06.2011

    Paris, France, 23 June, 2011 (IUCN) – Extractive industries and governments that licence their activities should commit to stopping all mining and oil/gas exploration and exploitation activities that could damage World Heritage Sites, says the International...
  • 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...
  • PNN Defensores del Chaco Photo: Freddy Chávez, Nativa 2010

    Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN
    07.12.2010

    Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth
    29.10.2010

    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...
  • Snake Photo: Rafael Rojas

    ‘Big Plan’ for nature needs big commitment
    15.10.2010

    World leaders need vision and political will to ensure we live in harmony with nature, says IUCN. This call comes in the run up to talks to halt the spiraling loss of biodiversity, which is ultimately threatening the existence of all life on earth.
  • Women pressing palm oil, Ghana Photo: Flickr/Raysto

    Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals
    20.09.2010

    Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders...
  • Alaska Photo: © Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

    Don’t shun the ocean – IUCN tells climate leaders
    10.11.2009

    Failure to recognize the ocean in climate change discussions will have profound consequences for humanity, according to IUCN.
  • Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered Photo: Steven Campana

    Third of open ocean sharks threatened with extinction
    25.06.2009

    The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 percent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.

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