Especies

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large inlet in the eastern Pacific Ocean located along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Covering about 160,000 square kilometers, the Gulf of California covers 4,000 kilometers of coastline and reaches depths of over 3,000 meters.

There is hope for the ocean

Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale up the marine protection necessary for a sustainable development of the ocean. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei)

20 years of conservation success for the Jamaican Iguana

The recovery of the Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei) is considered one of the greatest success stories in conservation science. Presumed extinct since the 1940s, a tiny population was discovered in 1990, in the remote tropical dry forest of the Hellshire Hills in southern Jamaica. This discovery inspired the formation of the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group, which has worked with local conservation partners over the past 20 years to increase the wild population of Jamaican Iguana. Since 1991, the number of nesting females and annual hatchlings recorded has increased over six-fold, with at least 200 individuals in the wild today. …  

22 Oct 2013 | News story

BiodivERsA Policy Brief #2 - CLIMIT

Protecting threatened insects in Europe

Insects react rapidly to changes in land use and climate because of their generally short life cycles and, in many cases, their dependency on other species. For species which directly depend on one another, a change in one species can have a severe impact on the other.   …  

21 Oct 2013 | News story
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SOS, WWF, Irrawaddy Dolphins, Cambodia

From policy to action: thanks to SOS support, enforcement equipment and training make protection for the Mekong Dolphins all the more so tangible.

Irrawaddy dolphins can live in both saltwater and freshwater. However while they are widespread in coastal areas, they now survive in three rivers only. With fewer than 100 dolphins and unsustainable mortality rates, the Mekong population is considered Critically Endangered.   …  

17 Oct 2013 | News story

Atlantic cod. www.arkive.org

Developing the European Red List of Marine Fishes

 A five-day workshop, 14-18 October, held in Malaga started yesterday with the participation of 16 experts from 13 countries who will evaluate 300 species of marine fish, including some of commercial fishing interest as cod, hake, anchovy or scorpionfish , in order to develop the European Red List of Marine Fishes (pan-European and EU 27), according to the criteria and categories of the Red List of Threatened Species. …  

15 Oct 2013 | News story

Maleo bird, Sulawesi, ALTO

Sparing a thought for Maleo birds on World Egg Day

Today is World Egg Day, when agribusiness promotes the consumption of eggs as a healthy source of protein. When it comes to one of Indonesia’s national icons however, the Endangered Maleo bird (Macrocephalon maleo), conservationists such as the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo), an SOS - Save Our Species grantee, are trying to discourage the practice of eating its giant eggs for special occasions. …  

11 Oct 2013 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Botswana and IUCN call for global action to stop African elephant poaching

As the surge in African elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade continues, the Government of Botswana and IUCN are convening a high-level summit on the African Elephant calling for stronger global action to halt the illegal trade and secure viable elephant populations across Africa. …  

10 Oct 2013 | News story

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus)

Pole to Pole: One small step, one giant leap

The leading zoos and aquariums of Europe, through the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) will, together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Arctic Action Team and other partners, raise awareness and stimulate behaviour change for the conservation of the biodiversity of the two Poles.  …  

09 Oct 2013 | News story
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BiodivERsA Policy Brief #1 - RACE

Wildlife diseases threaten Europe’s biodiversity

Severe infectious diseases of wildlife are on the increase mainly due to the globalization of trade leading to increased mobility of pathogens, including invasive alien species. These epidemics are a serious threat to biodiversity and result in the degradation of ecosystem functioning.   …  

08 Oct 2013 | News story
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Conference "Invasive Alien Species: the urban dimension", 05.09.2013

Urban areas and biological invasions: what can cities do about it?

IUCN has brought together key actors from all over Europe at a conference aiming to exchange knowledge and best practices to reduce the risk of invasive alien species in urban areas. …  

19 Sep 2013 | News story
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