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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

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

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group response to Nunavut listing decision

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) is concerned about the Government of Nunavut’s recent decision not to support the proposed listing of polar bears as a Species of Special Concern under Canada’s Species At Risk Act. In justifying this position, the Government of Nunavut stated that Inuit knowledge and science corroborate that polar bears in Nunavut are “thriving” and “will adapt to changing and severe climatic conditions”. The PBSG believes this position is contrary to all available evidence, and will not lead to the best possible conservation of the species. …  

10 Jun 2010 | News story

Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Mangrove forests in worldwide decline

More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

09 Apr 2010 | International news release

Orange-eyed green tree frog

Scientists call for biodiversity barometer

For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including those from IUCN and Conservation International, who presented their case in this week’s Science magazine in an article called “The Barometer of Life.” …   | Spanish

08 Apr 2010 | International news release


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