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Meeru Panorama, Maldives

Biodiversity indicators and assessments need greater investment

For the world’s governments to understand adequately how their actions and policies are impacting the planet’s species and ecosystems, more investment is needed in the set of biodiversity indicators that has been developed to measure these impacts. This is the conclusion of a review published today in the journal Science by a group of the leading scientists and organisations working on this issue. …  

18 Sep 2009 | News story

Mongoose

Synergy for Pacific Invasives

The IUCN Regional Office for Oceania and the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP) are developing a synergistic mechanism for the delivery of Pacific services on addressing regional invasive species issues.
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17 Sep 2009 | News story
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Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus). 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Critically Endangered

Bleak future for Mediterranean mammals – IUCN

The latest assessment of Mediterranean mammals shows that one in six is threatened with extinction at a regional level, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …   | French | Spanish

15 Sep 2009 | International news release

The only live adult Saola ever seen by the outside world. This female was captured in 1996 in Laos by local villagers, and transferred to a nearby menagerie, but survived only a few weeks. Copyright 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS.

Last chance to save Saola from extinction – IUCN

One of the world’s most enigmatic mammals, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), could be on the brink of extinction, according to a group of experts who held an emergency meeting in Lao PDR to try to save the animal. …  

03 Sep 2009 | International news release

The Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)

Deadly frog fungus targeted by amphibian experts

The world’s leading amphibian experts have come together and for the first time identified two major conservation initiatives to stop amphibians going extinct. …  

25 Aug 2009 | International news release

Dragonflies

Full worth of wetlands can now be revealed

A new way to assess the real worth of wetlands has been released today by IUCN.  It is now possible to measure the economic value of a wetland at the same time as assessing species that live there and the importance of a wetland for people’s livelihoods.
 

19 Aug 2009 | International news release

Philippine crocodile being released into Dicatian Lake

Recovery plan for Philippine crocodiles

On 31 July 2009, 50 captive-bred Philippine crocodiles were released into the wild in Dicatian Lake, Barangay Dicatian, Municipality of Divilacan, Isabela Province, Luzon Island. The Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis), which is endemic to the Philippines, is one of the most severely threatened crocodile species in the World. …  

10 Aug 2009 | News story

Indigenous Suruí group and IUCN staff

Amazonian indigenous group leads the way for sustainable forest management

IUCN had special visitors at its Headquarters on Tuesday morning! Four representatives from the indigenous Suruí people of Mato Grosso state in the Brazilian Amazon are participating in the Paléo Music Festival in Switzerland and visited us to share their stories regarding ongoing conservation activities carried out on their lands. …   | Spanish | Spanish

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Ganges River dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica)

Ganges River Dolphin in dire straits

Dolphin hotspots must be protected if the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) is to survive in the Brahmaputra river system, according to a recent study. …  

20 Jul 2009 | International news release

Jatropha curcas, Mali

Managing the invasive risk of biofuels – IUCN draft guidelines available for comment

IUCN is working with a number of organisations to develop a set of guidelines on minimising the risk of biological invasions that may result from biofuel developments. The project was launched because of growing concerns that a rush to develop biofuels may open the door to new invasions by introduced species. There is also increasing evidence to suggest that potential future biofuel feedstocks are "high risk" species that pose a serious threat to ecosystems and livelihoods. …  

15 Jul 2009 | News story
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