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IUCN announces winner of 2012 IUCN Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award

For more than ten years, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has partnered with Thomson Reuters Foundation to honour environmental journalism with the IUCN – Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award. IUCN is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Award is Diogo Veríssimo, a conservation biologist from Portugal with a passion for science communication. …  

01 Jul 2012 | Media advisory

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Palau wins World Heritage Status

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon in Palau has been inscribed on the World Heritage List, becoming the country’s first World Heritage Site. …  

29 Jun 2012 | Article

Andatu; the first Sumatran Rhino born in captivity in Indonesia.

Baby born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

The birth of a Sumatran Rhino in Indonesia, just a few weeks after the start of The International Year of the Rhino, has given extra hope for the conservation of this threatened species. …  

28 Jun 2012 | News story

IUCN and Rio Tinto working together towards transformative change in the mining sector

What limits the scaling-up of sustainable practice in business?

We understand more than ever before about our connection with the natural world. The private sector depends on the environment in a multitude of ways, yet businesses continue to degrade natural resources through their unsustainable actions. The business case for sustainability is strengthening and exemplary businesses are committing to changing their ways – but why is sustainable practice the exception and not the rule? What do you think the barriers and solutions are? You are invited to share your views on this important topic by participating in our short survey. Your views will help inform a key workshop seeking solutions on this topic at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea in September, 2012. …  

27 Jun 2012 | News story
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The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels recognizes Rainforest Alliance Certified farms

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is pleased to announce its decision to recognize the standard of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), which is implemented by IUCN Member Rainforest Alliance, to certify compliant farm operations. …  

27 Jun 2012 | Article

Anders Rhodin with Lonesome George in 1982 at the Charles Darwin Research Station

Lonesome George, a farewell from a friend

When I saw the news yesterday I was overcome with sadness and spent a great deal of time thinking about Lonesome George and all he had meant to both me personally and to the world of species conservation in general, says Anders G.J. Rhodin, M.D., Chairman Emeritus, IUCN Species Survival Commission's (SSC) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. …  

26 Jun 2012 | Article

BirdLife International celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2012

IUCN Member BirdLife International celebrates 90 years

IUCN extends warm congratulations to BirdLife International on its 90th anniversary. A founding Member of IUCN in 1948, and long-standing IUCN Red List of Threatened Species partner, BirdLife International provides essential information to guide policy and conservation action for birds. …  

26 Jun 2012 | News story

Asian elephant, road sign

Rio+20 brings a new landscape for the protection of global roadless areas

A major step towards the protection of the world's roadless areas was one of the fruits of the Rio+20 Summit. For the first time, roadless areas were mapped globally and presented to the public. …  

26 Jun 2012 | Article

Divers admire groupers and sharks in a Caribbean Marine Protected Area

Protecting endangered sharks

Endangered sharks in the waters of the United Kingdom (UK) and its overseas territories will be given greater protection following the signing of an international agreement on the conservation of sharks, UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon announced last week. …  

25 Jun 2012 | News story

Eléphants et bongos dans le Bail de Dzanga Sangha

One in ten natural World Heritage Sites in Danger

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s annual meeting, which starts in St Petersburg on Sunday, will see a total of 36 new sites considered for inscription as natural and cultural sites, and a series of monitoring reports on the sites already listed. But if IUCN’s recommendations to add four World Heritage sites to the Danger List are accepted, 21 out of the 211 –one in ten- natural World Heritage Sites will be officially “in danger.” …   | French | Russian

23 Jun 2012 | News story