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Powering up west Africa

Powering up West Africa

One of the defining challenges of our time is finding more energy while emitting less carbon dioxide. West Africa too must take responsibility in stopping climate change. IUCN Member, The Green Actors of West Africa (GAWA) presents 'The State of the Environment', a video series covering the major environmental issues in the region. This 10 minute episode talks about renewable energy. …  

31 May 2010 | Video

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Towards sustainable energy

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre talks about the need to look for more sustainable and renewable energy sources, and change the way we use energy. …  

31 May 2010 | Video

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74th Meeting of the IUCN Council

The 74th meeting of the IUCN Council will get underway in Gland, Switzerland on 2 June. …   | French | Spanish

28 May 2010 | News story

Mangroves plantation

Climate action needed now - talks continue

UNFCCC talks, 31 May – 11 June 2010, Bonn                                Negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting resume in Bonn, continuing efforts to establish a post-2012 global climate change regime. Following disappointment in Copenhagen, the timing for the adoption of a new legally binding agreement remains unclear, but Parties should aim at an agreement on the building blocks of a new regime for the next UNFCCC Summit in Cancun, Mexico, in November this year.
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28 May 2010 | Media advisory

Aloa Grebe

Wetland aliens cause bird extinction

BirdLife International announces today, in an update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for birds, the extinction of Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous fish were introduced to the lakes in which it lived. This, along with the use of nylon gill-nets by fisherman which caught and drowned birds, has driven this species into the abyss.   …  

26 May 2010 | International news release

Striped frog. Tavi, Portugal

Portuguese Parliamentarians together for biodiversity

For the first time the Portuguese Parliament hosted a conference dedicated to biodiversity. The event brought together Parliamentarians, NGOs and scientists to share information on the challenges biodiversity is facing and to discuss the next steps for conservation. …  

25 May 2010 | News story

Firma del Acuerdo entre UICN y las autoridades españolas - 25 de mayo de 2010 para el Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo en Málaga

Spain to lead IUCN in the Mediterranean

On 25 May 2010, the Spanish Minister of Environment, Elena Espinosa, the Director of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation and Development, Elena Madrazo, the Andalusia Regional Minister of Environment, Juan Díaz Trillo and the Director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to maintain the IUCN Centre of Mediterranean Cooperation and its activities in Malaga. …   | French | Spanish

25 May 2010 | International news release
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Crane – Bird of Peace Festival

'Crane – Bird of Peace Festival' at Lake Arpi

On May 15, 2010, the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (IUCN member and BirdLife in Armenia) organized the “Crane – Bird of Peace Festival” in the village of Mets Sepasar, Shirak province. The Festival celebrated one of Armenia’s critically endangered and red listed species, the Common Crane.
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24 May 2010 | News story

Breaching gray whale

Seismic threat to Critically Endangered whales

A seismic survey planned by the Russian petroleum company Rosneft in summer 2010 poses a major threat to the Critically Endangered Western Gray Whale population. In a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, urges the Russian government to intervene to postpone the seismic survey and prevent a serious setback for animal conservation.   …  

24 May 2010 | International news release

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

One step forward to halting biodiversity loss?

Governments have made “positive moves” towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet. Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and technical aspects behind a new “big plan” to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. Scientists from IUCN, who have been taking part in the discussions, say that they’re encouraged by the commitment shown by governments to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years, which would set targets to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

23 May 2010 | International news release