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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

African rhino

Put CITES on your menu

Background: Key decisions on the international trade of bluefin tuna, sharks, polar bears and coral, among many other species, will be decided at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which takes place from 13 to 25 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar. …  

11 Mar 2010 | Media advisory

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

The Juan Fernandez Firecrown, threatened by a range of introduced plant and animal species on Isla Robinson Crusoe, Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile

Impact of nature’s invading aliens measured for first time

  Invasive Alien Species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), of which IUCN is a partner. Most countries have made international commitments to tackle this threat, but only half have introduced relevant legislation and even fewer are taking adequate action on the ground.
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22 Jan 2010 | International news release

Green heron (Butorides striatus) among mangrove roots, Sri Lanka.

Aires protégées – des solutions naturelles à la crise du changement climatique

Les aires protégées offrent une solution rentable pour lutter contre les effets des changements climatiques, selon une étude de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), The Nature Conservancy, le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD), la Banque mondiale, et le WWF. Les principaux faits et chiffres, ainsi que les conclusions de cette étude sont à présent disponibles en français.  
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21 Jan 2010 | International news release

Forest dwelling children

International Year of Biodiversity - investing in nature, improving lives

The International Year of Biodiversity has been launched at a ceremony in Berlin with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the world will face "enormous costs" if no action is taken to tackle climate change and to secure biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

11 Jan 2010 | International news release

Snow cover melting

Copenhagen climate summit: Copenhagen Accord a step in right direction, but insufficient

Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 December 2009, IUCN - World leaders in Copenhagen have taken a first and useful step to slow the course of climate change – a threat that is already affecting people, ecosystems and biodiversity in many parts of the world. A global, legally-binding climate change treaty must be the next step. …   | Chinese

19 Dec 2009 | International news release

rainforest

Don’t hold REDD hostage in Copenhagen

After good progress in week one, concerns remain that a deal on REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) could yet stall on a small number of unresolved issues, or could be sacrificed because of lack of progress in other areas of the bigger deal, says IUCN. …  

15 Dec 2009 | International news release
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Arctic Fox

Species on climate change hit list named

The Arctic Fox, Leatherback Turtle and Koala are among the species destined to be hardest hit by climate change, according to a new IUCN review. …  

14 Dec 2009 | International news release

Terraced Fields in Viet Nam

Changing climate change from Sweden to Colombia

Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 December, 2009 (IUCN) – Conserving and managing nature as a way to adapt to the impacts of climate change can benefit both wealthy and poor countries alike, the latest IUCN report has found. …  

11 Dec 2009 | International news release