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Despite the recent global economic crisis, business and industry are still growing. With this growth comes increasing calls from government and civil society for them to improve their environmental and social record. IUCN, along with its partners in the conservation community, is showing them how economic development can be made more sustainable.
Threatened butterflies, beetles and dragonflies
Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies. The release of the European Red List 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.
Managing global wildlife trade
New measures to sustainably manage the international trade of bluefin tuna, elephants, sharks and numerous other species are being debated at the triennial conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which takes place 13 to 25 March in Qatar.
A six-week research expedition above seamounts in the high seas of the Indian Ocean, led by IUCN, has brought a whole new understanding of seamount ecosystems, as well as a rich collection of data and specimens, including some strange-looking marine creatures, many of which have never been seen before.
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.
Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. Take a look at some images of forests, forest biodiversity and people that depend on it.
In 2010 - the International Year of Biodiversity - we are celebrating the variety of life on earth and boosting awareness of how important it is for our lives. Take a look at some examples of how diverse the world of nature can be.
Adapting to change
The impacts of climate change are already being felt by both people and the environment around the world and they’re set to get a lot worse. Take a look at some images of how people cope with climate change effects.
The blue revolution
Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. Beneath their surface lies an extraordinarily diverse world. It is estimated that more than 1 million species live on coral reefs alone, and perhaps as many as 10 million in the deep seas. But this world, whose many secrets are still to be unlocked, is under siege. The threats facing the marine environment are numerous and complex yet less than 1% of the oceans are protected.