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Asghar Fazel,Chairman of SBSTTA

Frustrations at CBD

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), currently meeting in Bonn, established an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. 
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22 May 2008 | Audio

Sebastian Winkler, Head, Countdown 2010

IUCN's Countdown 2010 Partners Step Up for Biodiversity Day

IUCN's Coundown 2010 Initiative has been holding its Partners’ Assembly at the CBD meeting in Bonn on International Biodiversity Day (May 22, 2008). …  

22 May 2008 | Audio

Protected forest on the outskirts of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Use protected areas to save species, IUCN urges Convention on Biological Diversity

Governments should strengthen protected areas as a way to save their countries’ species. That was the message from IUCN as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) starts to discuss protected areas at its ninth meeting in Bonn. …  

21 May 2008 | News story

Julia Marton Lefevre at CSD

IUCN Director General presents a Statement before the Commission on Sustainable Development

15 May 2008—IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre expressed the need for greater coordinated action to address the global food and water crisis before the 16th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development today in New York, NY. …  

21 May 2008 | News story

David Sheppard, Head of IUCN's Protected Areas Programme

Protected Areas at CBD: Interview with David Sheppard

Protected areas are an important element in the battle to save animals, birds, marine life, plants and other natural wonders. It's also a major topic up for discussion at the CBD meeting in Bonn. David Sheppard is the Head of IUCN's Programme on Protected Areas - he explains the big issues. Run Audio 

21 May 2008 | Audio

IUCN's invasive species expert Geoffrey Howard

Interview with invasives expert Geoffrey Howard

Countries should avoid planting crops for biofuels that stand a high risk of becoming invasive species, according to a report released today.
The Global Invasive Species Programme has identified all the crops currently being used or considered for biofuel production and ranked them according to the risk they pose of becoming invasive species. IUCN's Geoffrey Howard explains.   Run audio 

20 May 2008 | Audio

Biofuels in a laboratory, La Jolla, United States

Don’t let invasive biofuel crops attack your country, warn top scientists

Bonn, Germany, May 20, 2008 (IUCN/GISP) – Countries should avoid planting crops for biofuels that stand a high risk of becoming invasive species, according to a report released today.  …  

20 May 2008 | International news release

Bigeye tuna (thunnus obesus).

IUCN, NGOs, fishery managers and tuna industry groups plot way forward for sustainable tuna

The report from the Tuna Roundtable co-hosted by IUCN in Brussels in April 2008 calls for greater collaboration between different interest groups and industry players to move towards adoption of legally-binding measures to fish tuna sustainably, a common set of standard to assess industry performance and harmonised certification programmes for marine capture fisheries. …  

20 May 2008 | News story

Ali Statersfield 
Head of Acience, Bird Life

The 2008 IUCN Red List Birds Update: Interview

The 2008 IUCN Red List Birds Update makes grim reading with 1,226 species of birds threatened with extinction.
 
Ali Statersfield, Head of Science at the Bird Life Secretariat, tells Brian Thomson about the IUCN's Red List Bird Update. Run Audio 

19 May 2008 | Audio

Australia's Mallee Emuwren

IUCN Red List 2008 for birds: Climate change and continental drift

Bonn, Germany, 19 May, 2008 (BirdLife/IUCN) – Climate change has become firmly established as an accelerant to many of the factors which have put one in eight of the world's birds at risk of extinction, today’s publication of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species äassessment for birds has found. …  

19 May 2008 | International news release