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Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Whales & dolphins need more protected areas

A new book, Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is released, calling for accelerated efforts to conserve marine mammals by protecting a greater area of the ocean. Currently only 1.3% of the ocean is protected but many new Marine Protected Areas are being created. Erich Hoyt, the book’s author and IUCN’s cetacean specialist, examines current and future developments in ocean protection. …  

05 Sep 2011 | News story

Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

Defying drought: nomads have the answer

Mobile pastoralism is part of the solution to the drought in the Horn of Africa, according to the IUCN-hosted World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP). …   | French | Spanish

30 Aug 2011 | News story

IUCN Med

IUCN-Med call for species experts

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) is calling for voluntary experts to submit their expression of interest to contribute to the Red List assessment of different taxonomic groups in the Mediterranean Region, taking also part in the IUCN project entitled Mediterranean Biodiversity Assessment Phase II Responding to major gaps in knowledge in the Mediterranean region. …   | French | Spanish

16 Aug 2011 | News story
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Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus

Depletion of the body snatchers: bad news for marine environment

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher. …  

28 Jul 2011 | International news release

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Top scientists rally together in fight against invasive species

A flurry of articles in influential scientific journals in recent months has questioned the urgency to address the growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The assertion is that the concern with invasive species derives from an unreasonable desire to maintain pristine ecosystems and exclude all alien species. Such criticism is, in fact, unfounded. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Increased protection urgently needed for tunas

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a threatened category, being at serious risk of extinction. Four species are listed as Near Threatened and nearly two-thirds have been placed in the Least Concern category. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jul 2011 | International news release

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Support for projects in Marine Protected Areas of the Mediterranean

MedPAN, the Network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Area Managers, is launching on 1 July 2011 a call for small projects for Mediterranean MPA managers. The projects that will be financed will contribute to helping MPA managers implement concrete field activities. …   | French

04 Jul 2011 | News story

Firma Convenio UICN-Med y Consell Insular de Formentera - 1 de julio 2011

Formentera firma un convenio de sostenibilidad ambiental con UICN-Med

El presidente del Consell Insular de Formentera, Jaume Ferrer, ha firmado hoy el convenio de colaboración con el director del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de la Unión Internacional de Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN), Antonio Troya, para que la institución insular forme parte activa de este organismo y colaborar en asuntos concretos relacionados con la protección del entorno. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Guatemala

Greener ways to end poverty

Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story

SOS Call for Proposals now open

The first SOS Call for Proposals is now open, accepting Threatened Species and Rapid Action Grants. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2011.  …   | Chinese

27 Jun 2011 | News story


Mediterranean landscape