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SOS, Mangrove Finch

Save Our Species funds Mangrove Finch project on Galapagos Islands

Swen Lorenz, Chief Executive of the Charles Darwin Foundation, an IUCN member organization, visited IUCN HQs in order to sign a grant agreement with SOS - Save Our Species to protect the Mangrove Finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) which is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Mangrove Finch is the rarest of the 13 species of Darwin Finches with an estimated remaining population of 100 individuals found only in two locations on the Galapagos Islands. …  

29 Mar 2012 | News story

Thailand

New York Third Intersessional Meeting : Day Two

The day started with a meeting for civil society to express their concerns to the Bureau of the Rio+20 conference. Civil society groups expressed concerns about governments bracketing issues related to human rights and equity principles. There is an open letter for signature entitled Rights at Risk at the United Nations which can be accessed at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/rightsatrisk/ and if you want to hear and see how angry civil society is, .... …  

29 Mar 2012 | News story
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Male one year

Reintroduction of the chamois after 150 years of absence

A chamois reintroduction program carried out by the Nature and Man Foundation (FNYH), an IUCN Member since 1997, led to a birth increase of 47% compared to 2010. …   | Spanish

29 Mar 2012 | Article
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Family photo of CeUICN members during annual meeting

CeUICN towards Jeju 2012

The Spanish Committee of IUCN (Comité Español de la UICN – CeIUCN) and its members will meet on 11 and 12 April in Vitoria (nominated European Green Capital) to discuss and agree on the motions to be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 (WCC) in Jeju, Korea [link], thus continuing the participatory process initiated in 2007, prior to the Congress held in Barcelona. …   | Spanish

28 Mar 2012 | Article
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Jerusalem

Towards sustainable urban planning in Jerusalem

International experts in ecology, biodiversity management and community engagement gathered in Jerusalem with key Israeli specialists to produce strategies for URBIS – an emerging urban biosphere concept. URBIS aims to promote sustainability in city planning transcending municipal boundaries and fostering regional cooperation. …  

28 Mar 2012 | News story
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United Nations

New York Third Intersessional Meeting : Day One

Yesterday was the first day of the 3rd Intersessional meeting on Rio+20. Delegates were meeting last week in the same place but under a different meeting title: “First round of informal-informal negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document”. …  

27 Mar 2012 | News story
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IUCN CEC

Animals in biodiversity education: Tiere Live workshop in Europe

IUCN CEC members from Austria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the United Kindgom participated in a March workshop organized by the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) in partnership with IUCN CEC. …  

23 Mar 2012 | News story

Energy

IUCN and business partners call for concrete action in Rio

In a letter to the national negotiators, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have strongly pressed governments to commit to concrete action at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which takes place in June. …  

22 Mar 2012 | News story

Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN mourns loss of former President Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN is profoundly saddened by the loss of Professor Mohamed Kassas, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Cairo and former President of IUCN, who passed away yesterday in Cairo. …  

22 Mar 2012 | News story

Female of the Restinga Antwren (Formicivora littoralis)

Nature in need: Half of world’s most important nature sites left unprotected

The world’s governments have committed to increasing the coverage of protected areas by 2020 to address rapid rates of environmental destruction, however, a new study led by BirdLife International, with contributions from IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), shows that only half of the most important sites for wildlife have been fully protected. These findings highlight an urgent need for improved targeting of new and expanded protected areas in order to protect the planet’s wildlife.  

21 Mar 2012 | Media advisory