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IUCN Expert on invasive species, Dr. Geoffrey Howard, monitors the growth of invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)  at the edge of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi.

Meeting to review invasive species and risks in Lake Tanganyika basin

Officials, managers and experts from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia are meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi from tomorrow to review known invasive species and risks in the Lake Tanganyika basin. The workshop, to be held from 29 – 31 March 2011 will also discuss ways to monitor, manage and control existing or possible future invasive species threats.   …  

28 Mar 2011 | News story
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White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

Africa’s rhinos face worst poaching crisis in decades

Well-equipped, sophisticated organized crime syndicates have killed more than 800 African rhinos in the past three years - just for their horns. With the most serious poaching upsurge in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Africa’s top rhino experts recently met in South Africa to assess the status of rhinos across the continent and to identify strategies to combat the poaching crisis. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

Nothern Bald Ibises at their wintering grounds on the Ethiopian highlands in November 2011

Hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in the framework of a UN/DGCS (Italian Development Cooperation) general fauna survey of the area. It suddenly became the rarest and most threatened bird in the Middle East! …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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The Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Stuart speaking at the launch of the SANBI’s Frog Conservation Research Strategy

IUCN Species Survival Commission member activities in South Africa

During his visit to South Africa, the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Simon Stuart, held meetings with members of the Species Survival Commission and its Specialist Groups. Today, Dr Stuart met with the SSC members at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in Pretoria. …  

11 Mar 2011 | News story

Dr Brian Dicks, expert on the ecological impacts of oil spills

Oil spills: science versus politics

As the first anniversary passes of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the biggest accidental oil spill in history, is the oil industry learning from its mistakes and paying more attention to the environmental risks it poses? We interviewed Dr Brian Dicks at the Oil Spill Risk Management Conference that took place in Sweden recently. Dr Dicks has advised on more than 60 oil spills worldwide. …  

11 Mar 2011 | Article
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Pinta Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)

The 25 most endangered turtles and tortoises

Without concerted conservation action, many of the planet’s turtles and tortoises, iconic survivors from the Age of Dinosaurs, will become extinct within the next few decades. That’s according to a new report from the Turtle Conservation Coalition, a global alliance of conservation groups, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), which names the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

White-collared peccary

Finding a better way

In one of the biologically richest places on earth, IUCN Members are helping to provide people with alternatives to income from the illegal wild meat trade that is threatening local wildlife. …   | Spanish

28 Feb 2011 | News story

Lyndenburg Cycad (Encephalartos inopinus)

South African measures to restrict cycad trade inadequate

A proposal published for public comment could result in trade in 11 species of native cycad trees being brought to a halt by authorities in South Africa, and trade in others restricted. …  

25 Feb 2011 | News story

Pericopsis elata

Exploitable tree species of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Coinciding with the International Year of the Forests, a project to produce a Red List of exploitable trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo was officially launched last week in Kinshasa on the 14th February. The project is supported by His Excellency the Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism.  …  

22 Feb 2011 | News story

Rio Pescado stubfoot toad (Atelpus balios) one of the rediscovered species in the Lost Frogs/Amphibian Campaign

Global Search for 'lost' frogs yields few findings, important warnings

A glimmer of hope, but much cause for concern. Those are the reactions from teams of scientists from around the world that have returned from an unprecedented search for 100 species of "lost" amphibians — frogs, salamanders, and caecilians  that have not been seen in a decade or longer, and may now be extinct.  The Search for Lost Frogs, launched in August by Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), with support from Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), sought to document the survival status and whereabouts of threatened species of amphibians which they had hoped were holding on in a few remote places.Read full story 

18 Feb 2011 | News story


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