Février 2011

A stamp depicting the Yellow Fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense)

Endangered endemic flower of Pitcairn on stamp

In February 2011, Pitcairn Island issued a new stamp depicting an endangered endemic flower, the Yellow fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense). …  

21 Feb 2011 | News story

Rio Pescado stubfoot toad (Atelpus balios) one of the rediscovered species in the Lost Frogs/Amphibian Campaign

Global Search for 'lost' frogs yields few findings, important warnings

A glimmer of hope, but much cause for concern. Those are the reactions from teams of scientists from around the world that have returned from an unprecedented search for 100 species of "lost" amphibians — frogs, salamanders, and caecilians  that have not been seen in a decade or longer, and may now be extinct.  The Search for Lost Frogs, launched in August by Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), with support from Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), sought to document the survival status and whereabouts of threatened species of amphibians which they had hoped were holding on in a few remote places.Read full story 

18 Feb 2011 | News story

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

Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen

New IUCN Deputy Director General appointed

Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen has been nominated IUCN Deputy Director General. During 2005-2010, Poul Engberg-Pedersen was Director General of Norad, which is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story

HSBC and IUCnSL

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka joins IUCN in restoring a village tank in Sri Lanka

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka (HSBC) entered into an agreement with IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature Sri Lanka Office to restore a village small tank for the development livelihoods and ecosystems.   

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Western gray whale

Western gray whale makes unexpected journey

In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the Critically Endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale, nicknamed Flex by researchers, has now been successfully tracked for over four months, revealing its long and unexpected migration route. …  

17 Feb 2011 | News story

Photo des participants

Dialogue sur les grands barrages : l’UICN poursuit son appui à la société civile

Dans le cadre de la concertation régionale sur les grandes infrastructures hydrauliques en Afrique de l’Ouest mise en œuvre par le Centre de Coordination des Ressources en Eau (CCRE) de la CEDEAO, l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) a organisé un atelier régional de préparation et de formation des acteurs de la société civile des 5 bassins versants majeurs de l’espace CEDEAO (fleuves Niger, Sénégal, Gambie, Volta et Mano) à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso du 17 au 19 janvier 2011. …   | English

17 Feb 2011 | News story

local people is making noodles at craft villages

Craft village water pollution

The craft village industry in Viet Nam has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last 10 years, especially in the Red-Thai Binh River Basin, where 60% of craft industries are located. Craft villages make a major contribution to jobs and income. According to the Vietnam Water Sector Review, craft villages employ about 30% of the rural workforce and the average income per capita in craft villages is up to five times higher than in villages devoted to agriculture.
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17 Feb 2011 | News story