Top global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. …  

24 Apr 2012 | News story


A call to save Africa’s vulture populations from extinction

A Pan-African Vulture Summit has urged governments to conserve and reduce threats to vultures across the continent. The Summit resolved to respectfully urge the governments of countries in Africa, and particularly the national custodians of wildlife in these countries to, among other things, ensure appropriate levels of protection and management for vultures and their breeding sites. Governments have also been called upon to legislate and enforce stringent measures to prosecute and impose harsh penalties on perpetrators of poisoning and those illegally trading in vultures and/or their body parts. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story
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Robert Lacy with Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti)

Innovation for conservation success

Continuing our Conservation Heroes blog series is Robert Lacy who recently received the George Rabb Award for Conservation Innovation. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Sockeye Salmon Populations at Risk

The extinction risk to populations of Sockeye or Red Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) is the focus of a PLoS ONE paper that was published today. The species’ global status is Least Concern on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, but there is growing concern about the status of individual wild populations, particularly in the southern portion of the species’ range in North America. Salmon are a cultural and biological keystone of life throughout the Pacific Rim and play a unique role in linking freshwater and marine ecosystems. …  

13 Apr 2012 | News story

Dr Randall Reeves, one of the recipients of a SSC award

Conservation Heroes Recognized by IUCN Species Survival Commission

Two groups and 24 individuals were recognized for their outstanding contribution to conservation at the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Chairs Meeting held in Abu Dhabi this February. …  

12 Apr 2012 | News story

Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica)

IUCN SSC takes on scaly anteaters

Is it a cat? Is it a bear? Or, is it a crazy looking reptile? No, in fact, it’s a pangolin! …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

Golden Mantella Frog, SOS

Communities rewarded as conservation ambassadors

Newly created community-based organizations were rewarded for their efforts to protect the Critically Endangered Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) during a festival attended by government representatives and members of the local population. The event was held in the town of Moramanga in the Moramanga District in Madagascar. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

Threatened species of Europe

Threatened species of Europe

Walks along the Seine, bird watching along the coast of the Waddenzee, skiing in the Alps…from Portugal to Russia, Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic romantic settings. And this is thanks to a rich natural heritage. And let’s not forget that when we talk about European biodiversity, we’re also talking about the European overseas territories and all the natural treasure they hold, from the Caribbean islands to rich Antarctic ecosystems.

03 Apr 2012 | Photos

Nature's benefits

Nature's benefits

Nature concerns all of us. It’s the common denominator between us. We all depend on nature and benefit from it in so many ways. The problem is, these benefits are not shared equally because of various political, geographic, social and economic reasons. …  

03 Apr 2012 | Photos

One of the hundreds of elephants poached this year in northern Cameroon

Cameroon elephant poaching crisis spreads

Just weeks after a military offensive against elephant poachers in Bouba N’Djida National Park in the north of Cameroon, 12 suspected poachers have been arrested and 14 elephant tusks confiscated close to protected areas in the southeast of the country.  Read full story

02 Apr 2012 | News story

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