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Professor Gordon McGregor Reid

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid awarded the IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair's Citation of Excellence

In February 2014, Gordon McGregor Reid received the SSC Chair’s Citation of Excellence in recognition for his exemplary, visionary and charismatic leadership of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, between 2004 and 2013. The Citation of Excellence, created in 2004, is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SSC. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), invasive to Europe

A framework for the identification of Invasive Alien Species of EU concern

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, particularly through their interactions with other drivers of change. There are around 12,000 IAS within EU territory, of which 1,500 have negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, and they are thought to cost EU over 12 billion € a year. There are a number of international agreements that recognise the negative effects of IAS and reflect the growing concerns of many people.   …  

20 Feb 2014 | News story

London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade
12-13 February 2014

World leaders clamp down on the illegal wildlife trade

Heads of State, ministers and high-level representatives of over 40 countries as well as 11 international organizations have committed to taking decisive and urgent action to tackle the global illegal wildlife trade. …   | Dutch

18 Feb 2014 | News story

Shark stocks are shrinking in regional waters as they are harvested for their fins to supply Far East markets for soup.

UAE Taking a Step Forward to Stop Shark-Finning in the Middle East

Seven Arab countries sign an agreement in Dubai that will protect migrating marine animals    …  

16 Feb 2014 | Article

Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge today joined the United for Wildlife organisations, including IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade. …  

12 Feb 2014 | News story

The Big Five of Europe

Europe’s Big Five selected!

The Brown Bear, Wolf, Wolverine, Lynx and Wisent are the most impressive animals of Europe, according to the Flemish TV show “The Big5 of Europe”. The final selection was revealed and presented to the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, during the last episode on 8 February. …  

10 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2013

A global perspective on re-introduction

From mangroves to spiders, trout to bobcat, the latest edition of Global Re-introduction Perspectives presents 52 case studies on re-introduction projects from around the world. …  

05 Feb 2014 | News story

Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz

Conservation Groups Launch "Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz", Inviting 'Citizen Scientists' to Help Monitor Fish Species

The ‘Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz’ kicks off on World Wetlands Day to engage nature lovers in freshwater fish conservation. The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wetlands International, has joined forces with other international groups, namely World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, FishBase, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, to introduce this new global initiative. The BioBlitz project, designed by iNaturalist.org, will be hosted on the FFSG website. …  

02 Feb 2014 | News story

Myotis mystacinus

Bat populations recovering in Europe but many still threatened

Bat numbers increased more than 40% between 1993 and 2011, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) which considers the state of bat populations across a number of European countries. However, many bat species are still threatened with extinction. …  

31 Jan 2014 | News story

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