Interview with Nik Lopoukhine, Chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas

Fishy Talk with Nik Lopoukhine

Despite some progress at the CBD meeting in Bonn, IUCN wants to see more concrete action and not more talk. In particular, the situation of high seas biodiversity has reached a critical point and the patchy governance system of our oceans has been an obstacle to action for too long. …  

27 May 2008 | Audio

 Dr William (Bill) Jackson

The Mayors Conference - Local Action for Biodiversity.

Around 150 local government decision makers and experts met in Bonn Tuesday for the Mayors Conference, held in parallel to the High Level Segment of the COP of the UN's CBD. …  

27 May 2008 | Audio

IUCN's Deputy Director-General, William Jackson, speaking at the Mayors' Conference in Bonn

Think globally, act locally!

There's a lot more to saving biodiversity than huge international conferences. This is why today fifty cities from thirty countries met in Bonn to discuss the role of local authorities in achieving the 2010 biodiversity target.

27 May 2008 | News story


Too little motion on the ocean at CBD, says IUCN

Bonn, Germany, May 27, 2008 (IUCN) – The need for action and better management of the world’s oceans has never been more pressing, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).    …  

27 May 2008 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN's DG at CBD

Your gateway to environmental law

Bonn, Germany, May 26, 2008 (IUCN/FAO/UNEP) – The world’s most comprehensive database on environmental law has been launched by IUCN, FAO and UNEP at the CBD in Bonn. Available online at, it encompasses nearly 70,000 entries from more than 180 countries. …  

26 May 2008 | News story

Deciduous forest

Local people not left out of the REDD debate

Local and indigenous people have to be active participants in the REDD debate, argued IUCN during today's side event at the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Bonn. …  

23 May 2008 | News story

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Islands Stand Together at CBD

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) helps islands conserve and sustainably utilize their natural resources within their island homes. …  

23 May 2008 | News story

Blue shark

You can swim but you can’t hide – more oceanic sharks on the IUCN Red List

Bonn, Germany, May 22, 2008 (IUCN/Wiley-Blackwell) – The first study to determine the global status of 21 species of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays reveals that 11 of them are threatened with extinction, says IUCN on International Biodiversity Day. …  

22 May 2008 | International news release

Shortfin Mako

Danger Sharks

The latest IUCN report shows that sharks and rays, including the Thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) and the Shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) are at risk of extinction due to targeted fishing for valuable fins and meat, as well as indirect bycatch in other fisheries. In most cases, these catches are unregulated and unsustainable. …  

22 May 2008 | Audio

Pavan Sukhdev, Study leader, Study on the cost of loss of biodiversity

Putting a price on nature

The value of nature and the services it offers us, from purifying water through freshwater systems to supplying cures for life threatening diseases, cannot be undervalued. Yet the business and financial community can be slow to put a price on what we normally see as being free.

22 May 2008 | News story