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A peek behind the figures

The ‘global extinction crisis’ has been in the news for a while now and conservationists are constantly throwing figures at us to illustrate the overwhelming scale of biodiversity loss. “Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 29 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals are threatened with extinction” - many of us could lose sleep over this alarming data. But what exactly does it mean? Who calculates these figures and how? How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Duba lilies, Okavango delta

New study shows over one fifth of the world’s plants are under threat of extinction

A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and IUCN, has revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world’s plant species threatened with extinction. …   | Spanish

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Sheila Bolin taking part in a swan rescue in Longboat Key, Florida

Swan doctors

Who can fail to be moved by the beauty and grace of the swan? Swans play a major role in mythology and culture, feature in our childhood stories and because they usually mate for life, have become a symbol of love. But their iconic beauty masks a sad reality. …  

28 Sep 2010 | Article

Omaniundu Reed Frog (Hyperolius sankuruensis)

Amphibians Rediscovered After Decades Lost to Science

Scientists on a global quest to rediscover "lost" amphibian species have returned from their first set of expeditions having rediscovered three species that had not been seen for decades, Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) announced on the 22nd September.   …  

24 Sep 2010 | News story

Divers admire groupers and sharks in a Caribbean Marine Protected Area

Cash now, save life tomorrow, says IUCN

As world leaders gather in New York for tomorrow’s first ever United Nations high level event on the extinction crisis, ahead of the UN General Assembly, IUCN urges governments to put up the cash that will allow the ever increasing rate of species extinction to be slowed and eventually reversed. …  

21 Sep 2010 | International news release

Damselfly in Jacana, Botswana

Biodiversity where it belongs at top of UN agenda

UN’s first ever high level event on biodiversity: September 22, New York, US   …  

17 Sep 2010 | Media advisory

Saola captured by villagers in Laos

Asian ‘Unicorn’ sighted for first time in over ten years

For the first time in more than ten years, there has been a confirmed sighting of one of the rarest and most enigmatic animals in the world, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) from the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (also known as Laos) has announced that in late August villagers in the central province of Bolikhamxay captured a Saola and brought it back to their village. …  

16 Sep 2010 | International news release

Cumaru Brazil

Sustainable wild plant harvesting proves a global success

Worldwide application of a new standard for sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal, aromatic, dye and food plants and trees is charting new ways to protect the species and their habitats and benefit the communities that depend on them, according to a new report from world wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

15 Sep 2010 | News story

Dandelion

Revised standards for sustainable management of medicinal plants

Medicinal Plants – FairWild Standard version 2.0 combines ecological, social, and economic good practice principles for sustainable wild collection of natural ingredients for food, cosmetics, herbal remedies and pharmaceuticals …  

08 Sep 2010 | News story

Squaretail Coral Grouper (Plectropomus areolatus)

Groupers and Wrasses under threat

Groupers and wrasses are two highly prized families of fish that depend on rocky and coral reefs. If they escape the fishermen, many can live to a ripe old age. But rates of population growth are slow and evidence suggests that overfishing is putting their survival at risk. One of the problems is that fishermen don’t discriminate between adults and juveniles when they’re taking their catch. Many species are threatened or near-threatened according to criteria for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. So what’s the solution? Yvonne Sadovy, Co-Chair IUCN/SSC Groupers and Wrasses Specialist Group, explains. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio


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