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  • 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.
  • Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Jim Thorsell

    Ebola outbreak highlights critical links between biodiversity loss and human health says IUCN’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group
    08.10.2014

    IUCN statement delivered by Dr Jane Smart, Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group, to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference currently taking place in the Republic of Korea.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tajikistan, Muzkol Range Photo: IUCN

    222 Natural World Heritage sites to protect
    27.06.2013

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 June, 2013 (IUCN) – From vast deserts in Namibia and Mexico to high mountain ranges in China and Tajikistan and Mount Etna in Italy, five exceptional natural areas were added to the World Heritiage List, following IUCN’s...
  • Namibia, Namib Sand Sea Photo: IUCN Peter Howard

    World Heritage status for Namibia’s Sea of Sand
    21.06.2013

    The Namib Sand Sea — a unique coastal fog desert with a diverse range of large, shifting dunes — was granted World Heritage status today at the annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  
  • China, Xinjiang Tianshan Photo: IUCN Peter Galland

    Tianshan mountains in China become World Heritage Site
    21.06.2013

    Following IUCN’s recommendation, the Xinjiang Tianshan mountain range in China was declared a natural World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Committee meeting currently taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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