2010: International Year of Biodiversity:


Bilimbi, a wild fruit on a farm tree. Though the fruit is very acid it makes a very good beverage.

IUCN's Director General on the International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. It's an opportunity to find real solutions to safeguard the natural environment which mankind depends upon. IUCN is playing a key role in pushing for immediate action to protect species, ecosystems and natural resources before it's too late. IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, says that, coming straight after Copenhagen, the International Year of Biodiversity is very significant. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video

The official International Year of Biodiversity video

Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.

Watch the official International Year of Biodiversity video and learn more about the value of biodiversity and why it is in crisis. …  

16 Feb 2010 | Video

Action Now for Life on Earth

Action now for life on Earth

What is the Convention on Biological Diversity? What is the 2010 Biodiversity target? Watch this video to learn more about biodiversity and how the global community is tackling its crisis. …  

02 May 2010 | Video

Persian leopard

Countdown 2010: Celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity

A film by Countdown 2010, IUCN's initiative on the 2010 biodiversity target. …  

03 Feb 2010 | Video

More biodiversity videos:


Jeju Seongsan Illchubong

IUCN's Director General visits Jeju

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. The 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held from 6 to 15 September 2012 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Watch IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre discover Jeju's unique biodiversity.

16 Jun 2010 | Video

Biotrade Initiative video

Biotrade initiative

In Ecuador, indigenous communities are benefitting from the Biotrade initiative, launched by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which helps them improve their livelihoods by giving them access to new markets for their sustainably-produced goods. …  

09 May 2010 | Video

Guinea Bissau

Preserving Guinea Bissau’s natural and cultural diversity

Guinea Bissau houses a wealth of biodiversity that is of local, national, and global significance. However, growing population pressure on coastal and marine resources, shifting agriculture, rice production, artisanal fishing and the extraction of fuelwood from forests and mangroves are causing increasing biodiversity loss. …  

18 Apr 2010 | Video

What kind of world do we want?

What kind of world do we want?

Why is biodiversity in crisis? This video provides interesting yet alarming facts about biodiversity loss and explains how human activity is affecting it. …  

18 Apr 2010 | Video

Nature - our trusted ally

Nature-our trusted ally in climate change fight

How can nature help us adapt to climate change and minimize its effects? This film explains the two solutions IUCN sees to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts - reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and ecosystems-based adaptation. …  

18 Apr 2010 | Video

Safeguarding the diversity of life: saving the roots of life

Safeguarding the diversity of life: saving the roots of life

Why should we care about biodiversity? In this video, IUCN experts explain what biodiversity is and how we all depend on it for just about every aspect of our lives: from the variety of food we eat to the feel of the clothes we wear. The video was produced for the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, which was held in 2008. …  

18 Apr 2010 | Video

A little hamlet in Walaek-Baliem Valley, Papua

A paradise in peril

New Guinea is recognised globally for its extraordinary biodiversity, including almost all of the world’s Birds of Paradise. Papua, the Indonesian half of the island, still has 70% forest cover, yet its Baliem Valley, which supports one of the highest rural population densities in Papua, is under threat from logging and development. …  

31 Jan 2010 | Video

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Based on the understanding that people are not separate from nature, Healthy Parks Healthy People is an approach that is focused on protecting the world’s most important assets – nature and humanity. …  

26 Feb 2010 | Video

La tierra arrasada - Pacto por la vida

La Tierra arrasada

We all cary the responsibility for the current biodiversity crisis. But at the same time, we can all - big or small - contribute to its protection and restoration, in our daily lives. This film explains our role in conserving nature and it is addressed to adults and children alike. …  

18 Apr 2010 | Video

Jacques-Olivier Travers and his bald eagle Sherkan

Unclipping the wings of birds of prey by teaching them how to fly

Birds of prey which have always been held in captivity often don’t have the opportunity or skills to spread their wings and take to the skies. Jacques-Olivier Travers, from the bird of prey centre in Les Aigles du Leman in Haute Savoie in France, has become famous for teaching birds at the centre to fly and regain their freedom. Here you can see him fly over the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps on a paraglider with one of his protégés, Sherkan, a 15 year-old bald eagle, showing the bond of man and beast can conquer the greatest of challenges. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video