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  • 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.
  • East Rennell, Solomon Islands Photo: IUCN Photo Library / Paul Dingwall

    Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN
    25.06.2015

    Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn,...
  • Lion (Panthera leo) Photo: Craig Hilton-Taylor

    Conservation successes overshadowed by more species declines – IUCN Red List update
    23.06.2015

    Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of the Iberian Lynx and the Guadalupe Fur Seal, while the African Golden Cat, the New Zealand Sea Lion and the Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, according to the latest update of...
  • Andinobates dorisswansonae Photo: Mauricio Rivera Correa

    Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List
    17.11.2014

    Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the...
  • Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland Photo: C. Hicks, IUCN Lao PDR

    New UNEP report unveils world on track to meet 2020 target for protected areas on land and sea
    13.11.2014

    15.4% of terrestrial areas, 3.4% of oceans protected, but further progress needed to cover and effectively manage areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services 
  • Woman carrying wood and leaves Photo: Flickr/Bishii

    Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis
    17.10.2014

    Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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