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CITES World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day message from IUCN Director General

IUCN is delighted to join in the global celebrations of the inaugural World Wildlife Day on 3 March, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, says the Union's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …   | Spanish

02 Mar 2014 | Article

Mangrove Finch, SOS - Save Our Species, CDF

First ever Mangrove Finch to be hatched in captivity!

Another conservation success story from the field! Today, SOS Grantee and IUCN member, Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) shared exciting news of a world first for the Critically Endangered Mangrove Finch. According to Francesca Cunninghame, on 10th February 2014, the first Mangrove Finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) chick ever to hatch as part of a captive rearing programme was born at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS). The CDRS is the operative arm of the Charles Darwin Foundation in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos. …  

28 Feb 2014 | News story

Mr Kostis GRIMANIS, MEDASSET Director, during his presentation.

Conservation of Bardawil Wetland and sea turtles in Egypt

Stakeholders met in Cairo to discuss sea turtle mortality and conservation problems in Bardawil lagoon. The Mediterranean semi-enclosed coastal water body in North Sinai is listed among the Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. …  

27 Feb 2014 | News story

Black Tiger Prawn, the two main species of Thai shrimp farms.

Thai shrimp farming: going green?

In January, as part of a BMU-funded project to support mangrove conservation though improved shrimp farming practices in Viet Nam and Thailand, I attended a conference in Chanthaburi Province, the largest area of shrimp culture in Thailand. …  

27 Feb 2014 | Article

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International conference to examine how large-scale restoration can advance sustainable development

On May 29-30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods.   …  

26 Feb 2014 | Event

Eléphants

Guinée Bissau : la déforestation bloque le couloir de migration des éléphants

En Février 2014, la Direction du parc naturel des lagunes de Cufada PNLC a été informée de la présence d’éléphants dans la forêt de Sintchã Paté, Région de Quinara, Sector de Buba. Une équipe de l’IBAP s’est déplacée pour confirmer l'information, et a surpris un éléphant le 06 Février vers 18h30. L'individu aperçu avait un comportement agressif et a poursuivi l'équipe dans la brousse. …  

24 Feb 2014 | News story

Red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra)

Emergency three-year action plan for lemurs

Primatologists from Bristol Zoological Society, Conservation International, and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group have developed an emergency three-year action plan for lemurs, Madagascar’s endemic group of primates. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid awarded the IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair's Citation of Excellence

In February 2014, Gordon McGregor Reid received the SSC Chair’s Citation of Excellence in recognition for his exemplary, visionary and charismatic leadership of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, between 2004 and 2013. The Citation of Excellence, created in 2004, is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SSC. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), invasive to Europe

A framework for the identification of Invasive Alien Species of EU concern

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, particularly through their interactions with other drivers of change. There are around 12,000 IAS within EU territory, of which 1,500 have negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, and they are thought to cost EU over 12 billion € a year. There are a number of international agreements that recognise the negative effects of IAS and reflect the growing concerns of many people.   …  

20 Feb 2014 | News story

People riding bicycles over a bridge on the Nam Xong River

Engaging civil society in conservation policy: we must do better

"Discussions on creating a global science-policy interface on biodiversity have been underway for the past decade. While the potential for such an initiative is enormous, we have struggled to find the right design, one that ensures legitimacy through ownership by national governments, scientific credibility and relevance to the big issues facing society," writes Pierre Commenville in the IUCN blog. …  

19 Feb 2014 | Article