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Dark-winged Groundling (Brachythemis fuscopalliata)

IUCN study draws attention to the critical state of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presents alarming findings from the most comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessment in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The study aims at raising the current low profile of freshwater biodiversity conservation in this region, promoting integrated water resource management practices, and providing reliable and up-to-date data for decision makers. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | Article

Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

Saola rangers training

Twenty-four more Saola rangers graduate from Wildlife Enforcement Training Course

Protecting species and enforcing the law in countries where the capacity of government agencies is often limited, means that funding to assist local government to respond to this capacity need is critical. That’s the upshot of a recent update from Laos PDR on Saola ranger training by Alex McWilliam, SOS Grantee working with IUCN Member Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) operating in the Phou Sithone Endangered Species Conservation Area (PST ESCA).  …  

27 Jan 2015 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

SOS, Sinkhole Cycad

Sinkhole Cycad Conservation Project Featured in Leading Botanical Journal

The Sinkhole Cycad project made an important scientific finding – botanic garden conservation collections can help support cycad survival.   …  

25 Jan 2015 | News story

Logotipo Fondo Verde, 2015.

Fondo Verde a la membresía de la UICN

La organización peruana fue admitida por el Consejo de la UICN, junto a 12 otras organizaciones como nuevos Miembros de la Unión.   …  

22 Jan 2015 | News story

Ras Mohamed National Park, Egypt .

Sharing the Mediterranean experience with the Arab World on marine protected areas

More than 60 experts on marine protected areas gathered at Hurghada, along the Egyptian Red Sea, in a symposium organised from 19-21 January by the IUCN Regional office for Western Asia (ROWA) supported by the Arab League. …  

21 Jan 2015 | News story

Lac Tchad Map

BRIDGE project advances ratification of Lake Chad Water Charter

IUCN, under the auspices of the BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) project, supports Nigeria and Cameroon towards major advancements in the ratification of the Lake Chad Water Charter  …   | French

20 Jan 2015 | News story

Dolphins witnessed during a recently undertaken survey in Thailand-Cambodia

IUCN launches transboundary dolphin conservation project in Thailand and Cambodia

With the financial support of the United Postcode Lotteries, IUCN has launched an 18-month transboundary dolphin conservation project along the coastline of Thailand and Cambodia. This SEK 2.1 million (USD 295,000) project will build on outcomes of the Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia (BCR) project, and aims to enhance protection of the remaining populations of four dolphin and porpoise species in their marine habitat along the Thai-Cambodian border.  …  

20 Jan 2015 | Article