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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

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

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

Tuna troubles

Tuna is now one of the most important seafood products in global trade. But rising demand has left most tuna stocks either depleted or fully exploited. Sarah Halls talks to IUCN’s Eric Gilman, who explains the problem and what can be done to put the situation right. …  

13 May 2008 | Audio

Barcelona Congress

Registration for the World Conservation Congress is now online

The online registration system for the World Conservation Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 14 October, is now open. The Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Be a part of it and register now! You can also book your preferred accommodation and excursion trips online.
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12 May 2008 | News story

Dolphin, near the Azores

States support further action to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction while setting aside the most contentious issues

The outcome of the meeting of the UN Working Group on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction - a Co-Chairs’ joint statement - reflects growing support for a series of short and medium term steps to address weaknesses and gaps in implementation, regulation and governance of human activities affecting marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 

08 May 2008 | News story

Whale photograph

Construct an oil pipeline next to gray whale feeding area? Think twice, warns independent panel of scientists

Members of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, an independent scientific body convened by IUCN, have voiced their concern to Exxon Neftegaz Ltd. over plans to build an oil pipeline and an ice bridge across the Piltun Lagoon on the Sakhalin Island. The Lagoon is believed to be of crucial importance for the productivity of species on which western gray whales feed. …  

07 May 2008 | News story

IUCN Marine Team

IUCN GMP and WCPA-Marine participates in the 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Hanoi, Vietnam, 8-11 April 2008

The Conference was organized by the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which was created in 2002 by an informal World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) coordinating group in Johannesburg, South Africa. Comprised of individuals from governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Global Forum serves as a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing and dialogue on issues affecting oceans, coasts and islands, with the goal of achieving sustainable development in these areas. The event brought together over 430 participants from 71 countries representing governments, UN and other international agencies, NGOs, industry, oceans donors, organized science groups, and networks of museums and aquaria. …   | French

05 May 2008 | News story

Marine Series No. 4: Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

IUCN launches four online papers to inform international discussions on marine biodiversity in ABNJ

After launching the new IUCN series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers online last Friday, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published Paper No. 4 of the series – “Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”. …  

30 Apr 2008 | News story

Asiatic black bear

Biodiversity loss – it will make you sick

A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost unless the world acts to reverse the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss a new landmark book says. …  

23 Apr 2008 | International news release