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Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania

Coasts of life: helping tropical seaside communities cope with climate change

Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts which will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change. …  

08 Jun 2010 | International news release

Breaching gray whale

Seismic threat to Critically Endangered whales

A seismic survey planned by the Russian petroleum company Rosneft in summer 2010 poses a major threat to the Critically Endangered Western Gray Whale population. In a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, urges the Russian government to intervene to postpone the seismic survey and prevent a serious setback for animal conservation.   …  

24 May 2010 | International news release

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

One step forward to halting biodiversity loss?

Governments have made “positive moves” towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet. Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and technical aspects behind a new “big plan” to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. Scientists from IUCN, who have been taking part in the discussions, say that they’re encouraged by the commitment shown by governments to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years, which would set targets to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

23 May 2010 | International news release

Participants of the Seamount Workshop. Nadi, Fiji.

Pacific Island Seamounts - are they under threat?

A 2-day workshop was held in Nadi on 28th and 29th April to discuss the impacts of longline fishing as well as other activities on seamounts in the Pacific Islands. …  

11 May 2010 | News story

Seabirds

IUCN deeply concerned at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

IUCN expresses deep concern at the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform. …  

03 May 2010 | News story

Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird

World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target

Background: World leaders have failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines. These findings are the result of a new paper published in the journal Science and represent the first comprehensive assessment of how the targets made through the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity have not been met. …  

29 Apr 2010 | Media advisory

Western Gray Whale and ship.

Can scientists and oil consortium save endangered whales?

Survival and recovery of the Western Gray Whale population depends on continued and strengthened collaboration among scientists, governments and industry. The 8th meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, held in Geneva on 16-18 April 2010, promoted this crucial multi-stakeholder dialogue and led to the development of new recommendations to minimize industry impacts on endangered whales. 

23 Apr 2010 | News story

Coral Reefs

Nouveau partenariat marin pour l'UICN à Monaco

La Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, et l’UICN, Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, en présence de l’Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1er, Prince de Monaco, décident d’allier leurs forces pour la réalisation de leurs objectifs communs. …  

01 Apr 2010 | International news release

Red Sea, White Coral?

Keeping the colour in Red Sea coral

The Red Sea is home to one of the world's richest coral reef systems which, like almost all other reefs around the world, is suffering from the impacts of climate change. Coral bleaching is threatening not only the reef, but the tourism and fishing industries and the coastal communities who depend on it. …   | French

01 Apr 2010 | News story

Illegal fishing vessel

Pêche Illégale: Ce que peut le droit européen

La pêche illicite, non déclarée et non réglementée (pêche INN) est reconnue par l’ensemble des parties prenantes
(pêcheurs, administrations, ONG), comme l’ennemi numéro un de la pêche durable. Certains avancent même, bien que cela soit sujet à discussion, que sans pêche INN, la pêche serait durable ! …  

05 Mar 2010 | News story