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  • 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
    02.07.2013

    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
    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...
  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    Gender key to sustainable forests
    04.12.2011

    Durban, South Africa, 4 December 2011 (IUCN) – If the forestry sector ignores gender issues it will miss a huge opportunity to reduce poverty, conserve biodiversity and bolster sustainable development. This new information is the conclusion of an IUCN (...
  • 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...
  • Women discussion group in Tenedba-Eastern Sudan Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice
    07.03.2011

    Background: To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8th 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them.
  • Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Jim Thorsell

    Rwanda – restoring nature for future prosperity
    02.02.2011

    The Rwandan government’s plans to restore the country’s lost forest lands and boost national development, show real political commitment to deal with ecosystem degradation and its impacts on the rural poor, says IUCN. IUCN urges other countries to recognize...
  • Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana Photo: Samuel Kofi Nyame

    Raise the value of forests, says IUCN
    01.02.2011

    A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies,...
  • UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo Photo: UNFCCC

    Foundation for climate deal laid in Cancun - IUCN
    10.12.2010

    Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps that set up a 'global climate fund' to help poor nations create a mechanism to share clean technologies, protect tropical forests and help the poor...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...

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