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  • Western Gray Whale and ship. Photo: Dave Weller

    Keeping whales safe in sound
    20.01.2014

    A unique collaboration between the oil and gas industry, scientists and conservationists proves a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales and other species.
  • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Photo: Alicia Wirz

    New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade
    02.12.2013

    As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and IUCN, new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its...
  • American bullfrog (Lithobates
catesbeianus) Photo: Flickr/Distant Hill Gardens

    Science first, say 235 experts on the EU proposal on invasive alien species
    27.11.2013

    Today a group of 235 individual experts and organisations from 36 countries, including 23 EU Member States, published a joint statement calling on the European institutions to adopt a science-based approach for the EU-wide legislation on invasive alien...
  • Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    Governments must commit to providing significant funds for climate change adaptation
    20.11.2013

    Ministers meeting at global climate talks in Warsaw should heed the lessons of past disasters
  • 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...
  • Tiger in Ranthambore National Park in India Photo: © James Kemsey

    IUCN Green List boosts partnership with a new tiger conservation initiative at the Asia Parks Congress
    15.11.2013

    In a move that will better connect protected areas management and tiger conservation, IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative signed a mutual cooperation agreement on the development of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas...
  • 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...
  • Deep-sea coral of the Indian Ocean Photo: © SIODFA

    Biggest zone closed to fishing announced
    17.10.2013

    Two high-seas areas in the Southern Indian Ocean have been added to the network of zones that are closed to deepwater trawling by a fishing industry group, making it the largest such enclosure in the world – IUCN and the Southern Indian Ocean Deepwater...
  • IUCN Photolibrary/Michelle Laurie Photo: Terminal moraines in the High Arctic

    IUCN Statement on issues surrounding arrest of Greenpeace activists
    09.10.2013

    Call for a peaceful, just and fair resolution of the issues surrounding the arrest of Greenpeace activists onboard the Arctic Sunrise
  • 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...
  • Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot Photo: CI/CABS

    IUCN and CEPF Launch New Funding for Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot
    19.08.2013

    Bangkok,19 August 2013 – IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have launched a $10.4 million, five-year investment in the conservation of the globally important biodiversity found in the Indo-...
  • Livelihood in Benet, Uganda Photo: IUCN

    Rights, resources and rewards - Benet landscape, Uganda
    20.07.2013

    The Mount Elgon region straddles Kenya and the east of Uganda, extending over an area of approximately 772,000 ha, of which 221,000 ha have been set aside as reserves and national parks. The remaining 550,000ha consist of farmlands and settlements. Mount...
  • 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

    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...

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