Sur le terrain

Yellow Presba (Syncordulia gracilis) 2008 IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable

A peek behind the figures

The ‘global extinction crisis’ has been in the news for a while now and conservationists are constantly throwing figures at us to illustrate the overwhelming scale of biodiversity loss. “Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 29 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals are threatened with extinction” - many of us could lose sleep over this alarming data. But what exactly does it mean? Who calculates these figures and how? How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Caribbean dream

The 2010 target set by governments to reduce biodiversity loss may not have been reached but the thousands of actions taken by partners to IUCN's 'Countdown 2010' initiative are an important step towards the improved status of biodiversity and increased public awareness. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Monastery in Montserrat National Park, Spain

When nature and people are one

As conservationists tear their hair out over the growing extinction rates of plants and animals, climate change effects and unsustainable development, there’s one forgotten element of the diversity of life that also urgently calls for their attention: the diversity of human cultures. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Primula veris, the winning photograph of NABU’s picture contest “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind...”

Where have all the flowers gone?

Volunteers from Münster, led by NABU – an IUCN Member and one of the country's oldest and largest environmental associations, have been working to preserve the region’s orchards and bring back the rich biodiversity they once supported. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Bruguiera gymnorhiza - flower

Satoyama: People and nature under one roof

Preserving and developing villages and farmlands in a sustainable way is just as important for biodiversity and human well-being, as is the conservation of wilderness. But to achieve this, we need to build a sound, harmonious and long-lasting relationship with nature. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story