News releases

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Landscape restoration movement approaches 50 million hectares with El Salvador and Costa Rica commitments

Doha, Qatar, 6 December, 2012 (IUCN) -- The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gains further momentum at the UN Climate Talks in Doha today, as Costa Rica and El Salvador each commit up to1 million hectares. The 50 million hectare mark – or one third of the target – is now within reach, amid broad acknowledgement that the largest restoration initiative in history is truly underway. …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2012 | International news release

Study raises concern over international trade in python skins

Gland, Switzerland, 27 November 2012 – A new study finds that close to half a million python skins are reported as exported annually from South-East Asia. The main importer is the European fashion and leather industry. The study raises concerns over the illegality in parts of the trade, animal welfare issues and the trade’s impact on the conservation of python populations. …  

27 Nov 2012 | International news release

Vietnam's forests are an important store of carbon for the REDD market

Turn commitments into action in Doha, says IUCN

The great potential of nature as a cost-effective and no-regret solution to the climate challenge should be one of the central issues of the Doha debate according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

26 Nov 2012 | IUCN statement

Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India

UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more

Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Oct 2012 | International news release

Majestic Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The update brings the total number of species listed on The IUCN Red List to 65,518, of which 20,219 are threatened with extinction. …   | French | Spanish

17 Oct 2012 | International news release

Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) DRC

Primates in peril – conservationists reveal the world’s 25 most endangered primates

Hyderabad, India - The world’s 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released today at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP11. Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2012–2014 has been compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF). …  

15 Oct 2012 | International news release

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Turning the Big Plan into Big Action

Talks to evaluate progress in halting the loss of nature will take place 8-19 October in Hyderabad, India at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11). Governments meeting in Hyderabad will discuss progress towards the implementation of decisions taken at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in 2010, including the 2020 Aichi Targets to save and restore nature. IUCN urges governments to turn their commitments into action and invest in nature to achieve broader development goals, such as food security and stable economies. …  

01 Oct 2012 | Media advisory

Stone sculptures

Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 15 September 2012 (IUCN) – As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to solve a growing list of economic and social issues. …   | French | Spanish

15 Sep 2012 | IUCN statement

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.

IUCN and Microsoft form unique partnership to tackle species extinction

Microsoft and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, jointly announced today at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, the formation of a new partnership to further strengthen the information available on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This collaboration sees Microsoft becoming the first corporate member of The IUCN Red List Partnership. …   | French | Spanish

11 Sep 2012 | International news release

Calumma tarzan

The 100 most threatened species. Are they priceless or worthless?

Tarzan’s Chameleon, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Pygmy Three-toed Sloth have all topped a new list of the species closest to extinction released today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …   | French | Spanish

11 Sep 2012 | Media statement