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Last call for biodiversity

All eyes are now turning to the Japanese city of Nagoya where leaders will gather for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 18 to 29 October 2010.
IUCN, which helped develop the Convention and plays a key role in its implementation, will be present at the conference, trying to ensure that the latest biodiversity science underpins the decisions taken there and that governments commit to a plan to halt the loss of biodiversity.

> Learn more about the CBD conference
> Listen to Jane Smart talk about what's at stake
> Watch IUCN Director General explain why CBD is so important
Jane Smart


-Increased diversity of genes within species e.g. as represented by livestock breeds or strains of plants, reduces risk from diseases and increases potential to adapt to changing climates.
-Biodiversity is essential to global food security and nutrition and also serves as a safety-net to poor households during times of crisis.


Time to think big

the lagoons of new caledonia, France

Did the designation of 2010 as the first-ever International Year of Biodiversity mean anything at all? Is it just a publicity stunt, asks Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN's Species Survival Commission.

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When nature and people are one

Monastery in Montserrat National Park, Spain

Our diversity as human beings - our wealth of knowledge, practices, beliefs, values and forms of social organization - is inextricably linked with nature.

> Read full story

Preserving life and land in Kenya

Garba Tula, Kenya

Discover in this video how IUCN is working to restore local rights in Garba Tula dryland district in North-East Kenya.

> Watch video

A peek behind the figures

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

How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? All you ever wanted to know about the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM.

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Primula veris

Preserving Münster's orchards and bringing back the rich biodiversity they once supported.

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Caribbean dream

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

The Seaflower Marine Protected Area (MPA) was created in 2005 thanks to the leadership of IUCN Member, Coralina.

> Read full story

Swan Doctor

Shirley A. Bolin

Swans play a major role in mythology and culture, but their iconic beauty masks a sad reality. Meet Sheila Bolin, member of IUCN's Swan Specialist Group. 

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Satoyama: People and nature under one roof

Bruguiera gymnorhiza - flower

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 long-lasting relationship with nature.

> Learn more

Convention on Biological Diversity

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call. 18-25 October, Nagoya, Japan
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Unidentified octopus From strange-looking marine creatures to Kenya's wildlife.
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Celebrating biodiversity How much do you know about the world of biodiversity conservation?
> Test your knowledge!


Communicating Biodiversity

This Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) toolkit brings science to life.
> Download toolkit (9.68 MB)


Best practice guidelines for great ape tourism

For any site practising or considering great ape tourism as part of its conservation programme.
> Download


More publications

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One fifth of the world's plants under threat of extinction

Duba lilies, Okavango delta It is the first time that the true extent of the threat to the world's estimated 380,000 plant species has been known.
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Caribbean dream © Coralina; a peek behind the figures © Michael Samways; When nature and people are one © Gonzalo Oviedo; Where have all the flowers gone © Radomir Jakubowski/NABU; Garba Tula © Ewa Magiera; Time to think big © Dan Laffoley; Swan doctor Sheila Bolin taking part in a swan rescue in Longboat Key, Florida © Shirley A. Bolin (The Regal Swan Foundation®, Inc. Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved. Used by special permission.); header banner © Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia, all rights reserved; CBD © Fahim Hassan; Photo galleries © Sarah Gotheil; Quiz © Rafael Rojas.