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Pinta Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)

The 25 most endangered turtles and tortoises

Without concerted conservation action, many of the planet’s turtles and tortoises, iconic survivors from the Age of Dinosaurs, will become extinct within the next few decades. That’s according to a new report from the Turtle Conservation Coalition, a global alliance of conservation groups, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), which names the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. …   | French | Spanish

25 Feb 2011 | News story

Sea urchin in sea grass

Scientists start work under International Blue Carbon Working Group

Leading scientific experts in the field of coastal and marine biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics and ecology gathered in Paris (15-17 February 2011) to discuss the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation. This 3-day workshop was organized by IUCN together with Conservation International and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, with additional financial support from NASA and UNEP. …  

24 Feb 2011 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Keep the Lagoons of New Caledonia intact

An IUCN-led monitoring mission to the Lagoons of New Caledonia in the French Pacific Ocean archipelago, will look at how the site is managed, evaluate the impact of mining activities in the buffer zone and identify no-take zones. …   | French

24 Feb 2011 | News story

A stamp depicting the Yellow Fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense)

Endangered endemic flower of Pitcairn on stamp

In February 2011, Pitcairn Island issued a new stamp depicting an endangered endemic flower, the Yellow fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense). …  

21 Feb 2011 | News story

Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen

New IUCN Deputy Director General appointed

Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen has been nominated IUCN Deputy Director General. During 2005-2010, Poul Engberg-Pedersen was Director General of Norad, which is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story

Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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2011 Année des outre-mer

2011 Year of France Overseas

The Government of France has launched the Year of Overseas (Année des outre-mer) to uncover the wealth of France overseas. The year will focus on culture, institutions, sustainable development, economics and business, handicrafts, tourism, recreation and leisure. …  

16 Feb 2011 | News story

Greenland

Europe Overseas Connect

IUCN's first newsletter on biodiversity and climate change in Europe overseas is now available. This first issue focuses on Greenland, which is a Danish overseas territory and the largest island in the world. …  

15 Feb 2011 | News story

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Pacific Islands Red List – Identifying threatened species

28% of plant and animal species from the Pacific Islands are threatened with extinction. This is the latest figure identified under IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species™ (2008). The report also states that of the species assessed, 14% are listed under the data deficient category illustrating the lack of information to determine their threat status.   …  

14 Feb 2011 | News story


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