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International Year of Biodiversity: A wealth of information

The International Year of Biodiversity will be most effective if every single human being on this planet understands why biodiversity is important and has the tools to act upon saving the loss of biodiversity” says IUCN’s Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …   | French | Spanish

29 Mar 2010 | News story

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Healthy biodiversity is no luxury - it's the foundation of all life on earth

IUCN calls for a clear post-2010 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity. We have failed to meet the target adopted through the Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and we are currently witnessing the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared from our planet 65 million years ago. Urgent action is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences, both for nature and for people around the world. …   | Chinese

23 Mar 2010 | International news release

Acipenser sturio

Sturgeon more critically endangered than any other group of species

Eighty five percent of sturgeon, one of the oldest families of fishes in existence, valued around the world for their precious roe, are at risk of extinction, making them the most threatened group of animals on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The latest update of the Red List assessed the status of 18 species of sturgeon from all over Europe and Asia and found that all were threatened.  …  

18 Mar 2010 | International news release

Jiri National Park, Korea

Asia’s natural parks ‘green lungs’ to combat climate change

Robust and connected systems of natural parks help conserve biodiversity and maintain benefits we receive from nature.  They are also crucial to help us to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts.  | Chinese

09 Mar 2010 | News story

Female Sclater's black lemur (also called blue-eyed black lemur)

World's most endangered primates revealed

Mankind’s closest living relatives – the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures according to Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008–2010. …   | Spanish

18 Feb 2010 | News story

Calotropis gigantean

Beating back biofuel crop invasions

The risk of biofuel crops becoming invasive and outcompeting native species is increasing as more advanced crops are planted. This can be managed to reduce the impact on local livelihoods and the environment, according to a report by IUCN. …  

18 Feb 2010 | News story

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New Members’ Portal: Resolutions and Recommendations System

In compliance with Resolution 4.011 (Development of an automated system to record Members’ actions on Resolutions and Recommendations to improve reporting at, and between, World Conservation Congresses), the IUCN Secretariat has developed an online tool to facilitate reporting by IUCN Members and the Secretariat on activities contributing to the implementation of Resolutions and Recommendations adopted at the 2008 World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.
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16 Feb 2010 | News story

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Whales, dolphins and porpoises threatened by over-fishing

For many years, fisheries activities have increasingly placed pressure on the world’s fish stocks, but a recent scientific report, launched this week by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), outlines the gravity of the consequences for another group of animals: the toothed whales. …   | Chinese

05 Feb 2010 | News story

International Conference on Forest-Related Natural Disasters (Beijing, China)

The intensity and frequency of natural disasters have been rising worldwide. How do they affect forest, and what are the measures being implemented or designed to protect and restore forests from the impacts of natural disasters?
  …   | Chinese

05 Feb 2010 | Event

Wetlands of Viet Nam

World Wetlands Day - celebrating wetland biodiversity

Today is World Wetlands Day – an opportunity to highlight the importance of wetlands, the biodiversity they contain, and the benefits that we gain from them. So what makes wetlands attract so much attention? …  

02 Feb 2010 | News story