News releases

Clown fish in Moorea, French Polynesia

Small Island States call for greater regional cooperation – IUCN

A new report from IUCN shows that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) want to see better regional cooperation in the fight to counter the impacts of climate change. …  

10 Jul 2008 | International news release

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Eight new natural wonders for the World Heritage List

Eight new natural sites have been added to the World Heritage List, following IUCN’s recommendations.The new sites include the Socotra Archipelago in Yemen, Canada’s Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the French Lagoons of New Caledonia, Saryarka in Northern Kazakhstan, Mount Sanqingshan National Park in China, Surtsey in Iceland, the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

08 Jul 2008 | International news release

Conference: "The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss" (Reunion Island, 7-11 July 2008)

EU overseas entities in deep water – IUCN and ONERC

The European Union’s overseas entities are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. But a new report from IUCN and the French Observatory for the Impacts of Global Warming (ONERC) shows for the first time that their weakness in the face of climate change could work to their advantage, if the EU is ready to invest. …  

07 Jul 2008 | International news release

Western Caucasus World Heritage Site

Gold medal for a Green decision

IUCN commends Russian Prime Minister and Russia’s Olympic Organizing Committee for its decision to move parts of competition venues …  

05 Jul 2008 | International news release

The ice cap on Kerguelen island, retreating 200 meters a year

Climate Decision Makers Call for More Political Leadership and a Clear Policy Environment: Global Survey

A new worldwide survey of key climate decision-makers shows strong and consistent views that government leaders worldwide need to act quickly and agree on a set of clear, inclusive, and long-term policies in order to put climate solutions in place. The survey comes as countries and regions prepare for the crucial Copenhagen meeting of the UNFCCC and the G8 Summit. …  

01 Jul 2008 | International news release

African Black Rhino in Ngorongoro.

Rhinos on the rise in Africa but Northern white nears extinction

African rhinos have reached record numbers for the first time in decades, but the Northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is on the brink of extinction. …  

16 Jun 2008 | International news release

Reuters-IUCN Media Awards

10 Days left to apply for 2008 Reuters-IUCN Environmental Media Awards

With just 10 days to the deadline of 15 June, journalists and editors are invited to submit entries for this year’s Reuters–IUCN Media Awards for Excellence in Environmental Reporting, open to print and online journalists worldwide. …   | French | Spanish

05 Jun 2008 | International news release

Moby and James Blunt among the artists pledging support for

Gland, Switzerland, 28 May 2008 (IUCN and WWF): Renowned performing artists from around the world - including Moby, James Blunt, Estelle, Panic at The Disco and Missy Higgins – have expressed their support for, the green on-line community where young people can have their say about the environment by uploading videos, pictures and comments. The artists’ videos and statements of support can be viewed at:

28 May 2008 | International news release

Mangrove restoration in Sri Lanka

Restoring natural habitats in Myanmar a reconstruction priority, says IUCN

Gland, Switzerland, May 23, 2008 (IUCN) – IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) offers to share its broad environmental experience to help with the reconstruction efforts in Myanmar. A vital long-term environmental need is to restore coastal ecosystems, following the catastrophic damage caused by the recent cyclone.   …  

23 May 2008 | International news release

Blue shark

You can swim but you can’t hide – more oceanic sharks on the IUCN Red List

Bonn, Germany, May 22, 2008 (IUCN/Wiley-Blackwell) – The first study to determine the global status of 21 species of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays reveals that 11 of them are threatened with extinction, says IUCN on International Biodiversity Day. …  

22 May 2008 | International news release