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A tiger in the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Talks to dismantle trade in tiger poaching

Poaching and illegal trade in tigers is being discussed this week by delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar, with countries being asked to provide information to the CITES Secretariat and Interpol to help develop anti-poaching strategies. …  

17 Mar 2010 | News story

Coenonympha orientalis

Habitat loss blamed for more species decline

Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies. The release of the European Red List, commissioned by the European Commission, shows that nine percent of butterflies, 11 percent of saproxylic beetles (beetles that depend on decaying wood) and 14 percent of dragonflies are threatened with extinction within Europe. Some species are so threatened that they are at risk of global extinction and are now included in the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2010 | International news release

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Circling around trade regulations for sharks

Much anticipated discussions about shark fisheries and trade began in earnest today at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. On the table are proposals to tighten regulations on the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). …  

16 Mar 2010 | News story

CITES opening ceremony in Qatar

Call for action rather than words at CITES opening ceremony

New momentum is needed to ensure that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) works better to conserve species which are under threat and to maintain economies which rely on them. That was the message at the opening ceremony of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to CITES in Doha, Qatar. …  

13 Mar 2010 | News story

Map

Broadening boundaries – naturally, the Green Belt of Fennoscandia

A landmark agreement was recently signed between Norway, Finland and Russia for the development of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia - the vast area in Northern Europe uniting the three countries, spreading across the Kola peninsula, Finland and Karelia. This will reinforce the European Green Belt initiative and give greater priority to the well-established transboundary cooperation in Fennoscandia and the Barents Euroarctic Region. …  

11 Mar 2010 | News story

Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

Keeping wildlife in the wild

The future of tuna, sharks and many other species, will be debated in the next two weeks, as Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meet in Qatar for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to discuss regulation of international wildlife trade. …  

04 Mar 2010 | News story

Bison on the American Prairie Reserve

Bringing bison back to North America

The next 10 to 20 years could be extremely significant for restoring wild populations of American bison to their original roaming grounds. But for this to happen, more land must be made available for herds to roam free, government policies must be updated and the public must change its attitude towards bison. …  

02 Mar 2010 | International news release

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Biodiversity, it’s now or never

World leaders need to take decisive action this year to save biodiversity, action that is based on sound science, says IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre in this month's opinion article. …   | French

26 Feb 2010 | News story
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Harrie Hendrickx (Unilever, The Netherlands) visiting a family involved in collecting Allanblackia seeds in Western Province in Ghana

Million-dollar boost to the people and biodiversity of West Africa

An IUCN initiative that works to improve the livelihoods of people in West Africa has received a major boost in the form of a CHF 1.9 million grant from Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). …  

24 Feb 2010 | News story

Eastern European Green Belt

Working outside the boundaries - connecting protected areas for people and nature

Most countries now recognise that their biodiversity conservation planning must include much more than protected areas. They are moving towards a larger, landscape perspective, connecting their conservation strategies over larger expanses of land and sea. Conservation 'corridors' are part of this new thinking and a growing trend in global conservation, allowing wildlife to move across landscapes and interact. Restoring conservation corridors is being seen as a vital component in ensuring the long-term health of ecosystems and species. Corridors such as the 'Yellowstone to Yukon' in the US, 'Atherton to Alps' in eastern Australia or the Green Belt in eastern Europe are capturing the interest of conservationists and the public alike. …   | French | Spanish

24 Feb 2010 | Fact sheet