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  • New guidelines launched for businesses operating within Key Biodiversity Areas Photo: B. Barov-BirdLife International

    Business in Key Biodiversity Areas: minimising the risk to nature
    17.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 17 April 2018 (IUCN) – A roadmap for businesses operating in some of the most biologically significant places on the planet has been issued today by the Key Biodiversity Area Partnership involving 12 of the world’s leading conservation...
  • New IUCN guide for sport explores how to reduce impacts on biodiversity. Photo: IUCN

    New IUCN guide highlights how sports industry can contribute to biodiversity conservation
    09.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 9 April 2018 (IUCN) – A new guide designed to help the sports industry understand its potential impacts on nature and options for mitigating them, as well as identify new opportunities for sport to enhance conservation, was released today...
  • Matareva, Upolu Island, Samoa. Photo: Stuart Chape

    Protected areas across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific boosted with €60 million investment
    28.11.2017

    The European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have invested €60 million in the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme over the next six years – making it one of the largest EU biodiversity...
  • White Ash (Fraxinus americana) White Ash (Fraxinus americana) Photo: The Morton Arboretum

    Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction – IUCN Red List
    14.09.2017

    North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African...
  • Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari IUCN Director General Inger Andersen greets Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari during her visit to IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland 16 June 2017. Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    President of Nepal visits IUCN to strengthen future collaboration
    16.06.2017

    President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari met with Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today at the organisation’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration...
  • Eastern Gorilla Eastern Gorilla.  Critically Endangered Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List
    04.09.2016

    Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the...
  • forest Photo: IUCN/Gabriela Burnett

    The World Now Protects 15% of Its Land, but Crucial Biodiversity Zones Left Out
    03.09.2016

    Close to 15% of the Earth's land and 10% of its territorial waters are covered by national parks and other protected areas; coverage of marine protected areas increased by almost 300% in the last decade; and eight in 10 key biodiversity areas worldwide lack...
  • Whale shark Whale shark Photo: IUCN Photo Library/ © Andre Seale

    Whale sharks, winghead sharks and Bornean orangutans slide towards extinction
    08.07.2016

    New IUCN Red List assessments reveal that growing human pressures on whale sharks, winghead sharks and Bornean orangutans are putting these species at an increasing risk of extinction. Whale sharks and winghead sharks are now listed as Endangered and Bornean...
  • The River Gambia in Niokolo-Koba National Park, a World Heritage site Photo: IUCN / Remco Van Merm

    Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage in joint effort with IUCN and UNESCO
    29.04.2016

    Building materials company CEMEX has committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them, following a collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature...
  • Earth inside water droplet Photo: danymages Shutterstock

    Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future
    12.12.2015

    Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.
  • Increasingly severe droughts caused by climate change are stripping many of the world’s most vulnerable people of the land they need to grow their food. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © IUCN / Alicia Wirz

    Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN
    28.11.2015

    Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate.
  • Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Photo: Andrew E Derocher

    New assessment highlights climate change as most serious threat to polar bear survival - IUCN Red List
    19.11.2015

    A global re-assessment of polar bears highlights loss of sea ice habitat due to climate warming as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of the species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released...
  • Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered Photo: Bjorn Olesen

    CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade
    28.08.2015

    Geneva, 28 August 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation...
  • Doñana National Park Photo: Doñana National Park

    IUCN grants top management Green List award to iconic Doñana
    22.07.2015

    Gland, Switzerland, 22 July 2015 (IUCN) – One of the most biodiverse areas in Europe – Doñana National Park and Natural Reserve – was granted IUCN’s Green List status today in recognition of the successful conservation efforts of its managers.
  • Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica Photo: IUCN / Melissa Marín

    Jamaica’s first World Heritage listing ups the number of natural sites to 229
    03.07.2015

    The Blue and John Crow Mountains has become Jamaica’s first World Heritage site today, following advice from IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, responsible for evaluating the site’s natural values. Extensions of South Africa’s Cape...

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