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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Forest landscape restoration in Northern Thailand Photo: IUCN

    More nations commit to fight climate change by restoring forests
    23.09.2014

    New York, 23 September 2014 – World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and...
  • Pangolin scales for sale in Asia Photo: Dan Challender

    Eating pangolins to extinction
    29.07.2014

    The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction.
  • Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012 Photo: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

    From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed
    30.06.2014

    Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 (IUCN) – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the...
  • 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...
  • Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu. Photo: Hawai‘i Convention Center

    Hawaii to host the next IUCN World Conservation Congress
    21.05.2014

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council has selected Hawaii, United States of America, as the host of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress – the world’s largest conservation event.
  • Participants of the first meeting of the international planning committee of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership. Photo: IUCN

    Asian leaders and IUCN establish new partnership for protected areas
    28.04.2014

    Senior government officials from 12 Asian countries and IUCN agree to establish a new transboundary Asian partnership on protected areas, following a meeting in Bangkok last week.
  • Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture Photo: Göran Holmström

    Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees
    02.04.2014

    Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level.
  • Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry Photo: Daniel Natusch / IUCN

    Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding
    31.03.2014

    The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today.
  • 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...

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