Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

It’s not all about beauty

Coral reefs are often referred to as ‘tropical rainforests of the oceans’. Although they only cover 0.2% of the ocean’s floor, they contain 25% of its species, offering a spectacular overview of our oceans’ biodiversity. Corals are not only beautiful; they are also a vital source of income to many people throughout the tropical world. But at the same time, they are among the most vulnerable ecosystems, particularly threatened by climate change. So what is it like to work on protecting this precious realm of life? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

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A peek behind the figures

The ‘global extinction crisis’ has been in the news for a while now and conservationists are constantly throwing figures at us to illustrate the overwhelming scale of biodiversity loss. “Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 29 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals are threatened with extinction” - many of us could lose sleep over this alarming data. But what exactly does it mean? Who calculates these figures and how? How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Duba lilies, Okavango delta

New study shows over one fifth of the world’s plants are under threat of extinction

A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and IUCN, has revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world’s plant species threatened with extinction. …   | Spanish

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

IUCN joins "I am the ocean" campaign

IUCN is part of the Mission Blue “I am the Ocean” global campaign calling for action to protect the oceans and restore the health and productivity of this vital natural resource. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

President James Michel (centre), with Mr. Barry Faure Secretary of State in the office of the President (extreme left),  Mr. Matthew Forbes the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles (left), Mr Nirmal Shah (right)  and Mr. Alain St. Ange, the STB Chief Executive (extreme right).

Seychelles launches World’s First Carbon Neutral Nature Reserve

President James Alix Michel has congratulated Nature Seychelles on the work it has undertaken, which has resulted in Cousin Island Special Reserve becoming the world's 1st carbon neutral nature reserve. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Ford Foundation commits $85 million to advance rural land rights and reduce climate change

Ford Foundation Looks to Indigenous People in Climate Change Response

The Ford Foundation has committed $85 million to advance rural land rights and reduce climate change. CEC member Pam Puntenney shares the news. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Developing in vitro protocols for the propagation of valuable plant species like Phyllanthus anarus, Tylophora indica.

Education and the Conservation of Threatened Plants

CEC member Deepika Mishra is engaged in efforts to conserve the valuable plant biodiversity of Rajasthan state of India by running awareness programs and exploring biotechnological approaches. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

CEC member Chittaranjan Baruah of India holds a box turtle

Turtle Conservation Programme Launched by CEC Young Professional

CEC member Chittaranjan Baruah, 28, is a member of the CEC Young Professionals Leadership Team. He has launched a community-based turtle conservation programme with collaborative initiatives in northeast India. …  

26 Sep 2010 | News story

Jr Wildlife Ambassador holds a wolf in an animal therapy program

Students, Biodiversity and Wildlife in Iowa

Pella Wildlife Company offers opportunities for school age children to become Jr. Wildlife Ambassadors and share information they have learned about biodiversity and the return of extirpated predators to Iowa, USA. From CEC member Rod DeArmond. …  

26 Sep 2010 | News story

Omaniundu Reed Frog (Hyperolius sankuruensis)

Amphibians Rediscovered After Decades Lost to Science

Scientists on a global quest to rediscover "lost" amphibian species have returned from their first set of expeditions having rediscovered three species that had not been seen for decades, Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) announced on the 22nd September.   …  

24 Sep 2010 | News story

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