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  • Migrating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues Photo: IOC

    IUCN guide to help new sports venues minimise impact on nature
    12.03.2019

    Nairobi, Kenya, 12 March 2019, (IUCN) – A guide designed to help integrate biodiversity considerations into new sports venues, minimising their impacts on nature and delivering conservation benefits, was released today by IUCN, International Union for...
  • 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.
  • Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General Photo: Inger Andersen

    Inger Andersen named IUCN Director General
    14.10.2014

    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today the appointment of Inger Andersen as the new Director General of the Union starting in January 2015.
  • Duba lilies, Okavango delta Photo: Eliot Taylor

    Iconic Okavango Delta becomes 1,000th World Heritage site
    22.06.2014

    Doha, Qatar, 22 June 2014 (IUCN) – Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic natural areas on the planet, has been listed as 1,000th World Heritage site today. The decision follows the recommendation of IUCN, UNESCO’s advisory body on nature.
  • Hippos in the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Illegal trade puts more World Heritage sites in danger
    18.06.2014

    Doha, Qatar, 18 June 2014 (IUCN) – Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve has been listed as World Heritage in Danger due to unprecedented levels of illegal wildlife trade, as announced today at the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.
  • Japanese Eel (Anguilla japonica) Photo: Yuichi Kano

    IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species
    12.06.2014

    Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three...
  • After Restoration, Ansai, Shaanxi, Loess Plateau, China 2009 c John Liu Photo: After Restoration, Ansai, Shaanxi, Loess Plateau, China 2009

    Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN
    21.03.2014

    The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration...
  • Sargassum habitat Photo: Don Kincaid

    Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea
    12.03.2014

    Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich...
  • Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site Photo: IUCN Photo Library © G.Collin

    IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites
    03.02.2014

    Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit.
  • Een vrouw in Mozambique brengt water van de bron naar haar dorp. Photo: Daniel Shaw / IUCN

    First-ever Environment and Gender Index ranks 72 countries
    19.11.2013

    Warsaw, Poland 19 November 2013 — Today at the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will release the first-ever Environment and Gender Index which monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment...
  • Marine Protected Areas cover almost 3% of the ocean Photo: Jeff Litton

    World nearing 3% of ocean protection
    24.10.2013

    Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the...
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    The Duke of Cambridge and IUCN unite for wildlife
    12.09.2013

    As part of his latest conservation initiative, The Duke of Cambridge brings together an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and seven of the world’s most influential conservation...
  • 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 (...

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