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Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

Species on the Edge app is launched

Acclaimed by the US Apple Store as ‘New and Noteworthy’, the new Species on the Edge app is a detailed guide to 365 species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Featuring stunning photos and thought-provoking information it allows users to learn about threatened species from around the world. …  

16 Nov 2011 | News story

Southern White Rhino subspecies (Ceratotherium simum simum) Dr Richard Emslie

Another leap towards the Barometer of Life

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of information in order to obtain a better picture of the state of biodiversity. With now more than 61,900 species reviewed, another big step forward has been made toward developing the IUCN Red List into a true ‘Barometer of Life,’ as called for by leading experts in the magazine Science in 2010. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2011 | International news release

Miss Kerala (Puntius denisonii)

Collateral damage: Western Ghats freshwater species in peril

Freshwater species in the Western Ghats, India, are being sacrificed as collateral damage in the race for rapid economic development. For the first time, comprehensive data are available on the conservation status and distribution of all freshwater fishes, molluscs, dragonflies, damselflies and aquatic plants across peninsular India. Water pollution from agricultural and urban sources, overharvesting and invasive species are the major threats that have led to 16% of freshwater species in the region for which we have sufficient data being classified as threatened with extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. …  

22 Sep 2011 | News story

Arabian Oryx

A grain of hope in the desert

The regal Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), which was hunted to near extinction, is now facing a more secure future according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Its wild population now stands at 1,000 individuals.   …   | French | Spanish

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Dr Susan Mainka, Head of IUCN Science and Learning, at the Red Listing consultation in New Delhi, India

IUCN Red Listing Process Commences in India

In a major event to promote conservation in India, IUCN, the Government of India and research institutions make a collective decision to start a comprehensive Red Listing process in the country adopting the IUCN Regional Red Listing Guidelines. …  

17 Mar 2011 | News story
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Syrian Bear tracks

Mystery of Brown Bears in Syria

Various written accounts and artefacts indicate that the Syrian Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus), a subspecies of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), once ranged throughout the Middle East, as far south as the Sinai Peninsula. The bears were often viewed as pests or as threats to human safety, and were killed as a result. These killings, combined with the loss of suitable habitat through deforestation and subsequent desertification, led to a marked reduction in the bears’ range. Today, the Syrian Bear still ranges from Turkey to Iran, including the Caucasus Mountains of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, but is generally believed to be extinct in its namesake country of Syria, as well as neighbouring Lebanon. However, a discovery made in 2004 may indicate otherwise. …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story

Right to left: HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden Initiative, HE Nasser Shraideh Minister of Environment in Jordan and HE Dr. Saleh Wreikat, Member of the Parliament

Training of Trainers on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in West Asia

The West Asia region is known for its rich biodiversity and wide range of fauna and flora, but like any other region, its biodiversity is seriously threatened. Due to increasing threats to species, there is an urgent need to build capacity in the West Asia for assessing the status of threatened fauna and flora, and thus the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) are organizing a joint regional workshop to train experts in West Asia on the use of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

17 Jan 2011 | News story
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Royal Botanic Garden

IUCN and Royal Botanic Garden create synergies to conserve biodiversity in Jordan

Creating synergies towards biodiversity conservation in Jordan was the main aim of the partnership between IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Royal Botanic Garden. This partnership was officially announced through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed recently between both parties to jointly pursue their conservation efforts that promote equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in Jordan and the West Asia region. …  

02 Dec 2010 | News story

Suleman Markhor in Torghar Balochistan.

Suleman Markhor spotted in the mountain range of Ziarat

Ziarat, October 29, 2010 (IUCN) – IUCN Pakistan Ziarat undertook the first ever survey of wildlife focusing on wild ungulates inhabiting the area. The purpose of the survey was to confirm occurrence of surviving population of Straight-horned Suleman Markhor -Capra falconerijerdoni in the Khalifat Mountain Range in Ziarat. …  

29 Nov 2010 | International news release

Vicuna_Vicugna vicugna

Nature’s backbone at risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, in Nagoya, Japan. …   | French | Spanish

27 Oct 2010 | International news release


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