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13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

15B-011-009, Dried seahorses,  Photo Project Seahorse_credit Project Seahorse, SOS Save OUr species

The seahorse opens the path to sustainable trade in aquatic species

Having laws to conserve nature and knowing how to use them are two different things – if done well, seahorse conservation in the Philippines could pave the way for other species, writes Dr. Amanda Vincent on World Wildlife Day.   …  

03 Mar 2016 | News story

Joint Efforts to make FATA Environment Cell Project a Success

The FATA region, crippled by instability and environmental degradation over the years, is facing numerous challenges. There was an urgent need for the establishment of an Environment Cell within the FATA Secretariat, in order to include environmental concerns into development planning. The life-saving humanitarian, recovery and development efforts of the federal and provincial governments, the military, humanitarian agencies, donors and international financial institutions were successfully launched; however, the essential ecological focus was missing. The environmental impact assessments are now being built into their planning, which is required to preclude any development that degrades the environment. …  

25 Feb 2016 | News story

Conservationists are working hard to restore vulture populations in South Asia

Valuing our Vultures

The presence of vultures is an underappreciated facet to the healthy functioning of ecosystems. In 1999, the unprecedented decline in populations of the Gyps vulture species in South Asia, by almost 99%, resulted in a regional movement to save the three species of Gyps vultures. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Diclofenac, commonly used as a painkiller in domestic animals was the primary cause of vulture deaths, following consumption of animal carcasses. Diclofenac was banned across South Asian countries, beginning with India in 2006. …  

23 Feb 2016 | News story

Giri Putri cave crabs

I caught crabs in Bali - but I don’t want to lose them

Marking the launch of the first SOS invertebrate conservation project, grantee Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an IUCN Member, explains how he came to discover a new species just as it teetered on the edge of extinction.  …  

22 Feb 2016 | News story

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

New hope for Thailand’s Sunda pangolins

Marking World Pangolin Day 2016, SOS is delighted to share news that its Fondation Segré Pangolin Conservation Initiative has recorded the first known footage of a wild Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) in Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Thailand.   …  

20 Feb 2016 | News story

A glimpse of the Sundarban Exposure Visit

Tiger and elephant response teams share experiences on human-wildlife conflict

Elephants are crucial to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological integrity of Bangladesh. In the last two centuries,  the population of wild elephants has declined drastically due to habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by the expansion of agriculture and human settlement.The growing pressure on elephant habitats and movement corridors has resulted in human-elephant conflict.  To tackle this issue, IUCN is working with government agencies, local communities and concerned stakeholders to develop elephant conservation initiatives that aims to reduce  human-elephant conflict. …  

18 Feb 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story

Experts recommend safe zones for vultures due to very low population

Baanhn Beli and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, organized a workshop inviting stakeholders to put together a national vulture conservation strategy to arrest the years of decline in the species population across Pakistan. …  

18 Jan 2016 | News story

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