Divers admire groupers and sharks in a Caribbean Marine Protected Area

Protecting endangered sharks

Endangered sharks in the waters of the United Kingdom (UK) and its overseas territories will be given greater protection following the signing of an international agreement on the conservation of sharks, UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon announced last week. …  

25 Jun 2012 | News story


Experts report highest elephant poaching and ivory smuggling rates in a decade

Elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989, according to a report published today by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The findings, largely based on information submitted by governments, will be presented and discussed at the 62nd meeting of the CITES Standing Committee to be held in Geneva from 23 to 27 July 2012. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story

Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

20 years on, civil society leads in Rio

Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story

Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay Seen From Belvedere Lookout in Moorea, French Polynesia

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: France ranks fifth worldwide

In the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ published on 19 June, France ranks 5th in the world for hosting the largest number of endangered plant and animal species. Most of these species are located in the French overseas territories. With 983 globally threatened species, France has a major responsibility at global and European level to fight against biodiversity loss.  …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Commitments coming through in Rio

As world leaders pour in to Rio de Janeiro for the UN's Sustainable Development Summit civil society, business and governments are making commitments that will make a difference, according to IUCN's Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …  

21 Jun 2012 | News story

SOS CDF 2011A-023 Mangrove finch

New mangrove finch fledglings

During the last breeding season of the Galapagos Islands' mangrove finch, the SOS project team identified at least 13 fledged nests out of which have emerged around 19 juveniles. This is a real boost for the population which is thought to number only around 100 individuals. The SOS-funded project aims to protect the Critically Endangered Mangrove Finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) by extending the bird's natural range and protecting its habitat, the mangrove forests.  

14 Jun 2012 | News story

Sergei Bereznuk, a Russian conservationist and ecologist, is committed to saving the Amur tiger.

A Triumph for Species in the 2012 Rolex Awards Laureate Selection

The 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, announced yesterday at the Science Museum in London, UK, recognize pioneers whose work contributes to protecting the environment, or improving lives. Three of the 2012 Laureates, Sergei Bereznuk, Barbara Block and Erika Cuéllar have won Awards for projects devoted to saving species. …  

14 Jun 2012 | News story


Regional Forum explores solutions for addressing the spread of Prosopis in the Kalahari-Namib drylands

Scientists, policy makers and community representatives met recently to discuss the management of Prosopis, an invasive alien species occurring in the Molopo-Nossob river basin that covers part of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Annual Regional Forum on Invasive Alien Species was convened by IUCN ESARO early this month in Gaborone, Botswana under the Kalahari-Namib project. It brought together participants from the riparian countries of Botswana, Namibia and S Africa drawn from government, academia, NGOs, private sector and community-based organizations. …  

13 Jun 2012 | News story
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Marine World Heritage app for I-Phone

Launch of Marine World Heritage App will bring marine crown jewels a lot closer

In celebration of World Oceans Day, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre are launching a new iPhone application. This year’s Oceans Day theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change” inspired the development of the mobile application, which will act as a window on marine world heritage sites around the world. …  

08 Jun 2012 | News story

Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop, Essaouira, 1 June 2012

IUCN Red Listing for Mediterranean seagrasses

At present, five of the 59 species of seagrasses assessed at global level are at a high threat of extinction. IUCN organised an IUCN Red Listing workshop on 1 June in Essaouira during the Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop organised by the Ecole supérieure de technologie Essaouira and the polydisciplinary faculty Safi Université Cadi Ayyad (Morocco) and supported by the Mediterranean Seagrass Association – Seagrass 2000. …  

07 Jun 2012 | News story

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