In Ethiopia, parthenium has invaded more than 2 million ha. of grazing and cropland to the detriment of biodiversity, agriculture and human health.  This weed is now present in Kenya, including the world renowned Masasi-Mara, where it may, if not managed, threaten the annual wildlife migration.

Taking on the invaders

With invasive alien species posing a major threat to native biodiversity, progress in tackling the problem is among the topics at the UN biodiversity conference that starts 8 October. …  

01 Oct 2012 | Article


New hope for boas and pythons

"There is so much to do to protect pythons and boas,” says Tomás Waller, Chair of the new IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Group dedicated to these species. Here he talks about their threats and what needs to be done to ensure a future for these iconic reptiles.  …  

01 Oct 2012 | News story


Securing the future for sawfishes

There was a time when so many sawfishes were caught in areas of Pakistan that people made fences with the rostrums, the saw-like beak of the sawfish. Today, however, some people in the region might catch a sawfish just once or twice a year. …  

27 Sep 2012 | Article

Chinese Pangolin  (Manis pentadactyla)

IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group website launched

The IUCN SSC recently re-formed Pangolin Specialist Group has launched a new website devoted to pangolin conservation and research. …  

19 Sep 2012 | Article

Stewart McPherson and Nepenthes palawanensis

Stewart McPherson receives new Plant Conservation Award

The first recipient of the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation is Stewart McPherson, a member of the IUCN SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group. Stewart is a passionate and dedicated field scientist, photographer, and writer. His efforts have resulted in an outstanding body of information useful to conservation of carnivorous plants both in situ and ex situ. 

13 Sep 2012 | News story


The voice of the Dugong heard at the Congress

Over the past few days, the Congress has been buzzing with protests by people voicing concerns over human impacts on habitats and species.  …   | French | Spanish

13 Sep 2012 | Article

Zhang Xinsheng

IUCN’s new President elected

Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China is the new President of IUCN. He was elected today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. …   | French | Spanish

12 Sep 2012 | News story

2011A-001 WCS SOS tiger cub 11A-01-08


JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2012 – SMART, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, the design and implementation of which is supported by SOS, was unveiled at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. SMART is a high-tech tool created to help park and community rangers combat an increasingly sophisticated syndicate of poachers devastating wildlife populations worldwide.   …  

12 Sep 2012 | News story

Forest dwelling children

Nature+ life - Key messages from the IUCN Congress Forum

Conservation of biodiversity has been a cornerstone of IUCN’s work since its founding. Yesterday’s Forum events document the central role this field continues to play: …  

12 Sep 2012 | Article
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Memorial Medal for David Attenborough

IUCN Congress recognises conservation greats

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 11 September 2012 (IUCN) - Today, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, IUCN awarded its two highest medals to outstanding individuals of the conservation world, and eleven other conservation greats were granted honorary membership of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

11 Sep 2012 | Media statement

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