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The high seas call for more transparency

At the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, governments agreed to start scoping the content and feasibility of a new international legal agreement to conserve marine biodiversity in the two-thirds of the ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of individual States. This signals a strong shift in political opinion in favour of a new agreement, though the final outcome of these talks remains unclear. …  

25 Aug 2013 | News story

Western gray whale

Salmon fishing clashes with endangered gray whales

An IUCN group of experts is calling for an immediate halt to large-scale commercial salmon fishing near Piltun Lagoon, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East because of the risk it poses to about 150 critically endangered Western Gray whales found in this area. …   | Russian

16 Aug 2013 | News story

Sugar cane farm

Feeding a growing population - new initiative joins conservation and agriculture

A year ago, when global leaders met in Rio de Janeiro to shape the future of sustainable development, ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture was central to their discussions. As the world faces ongoing food crises, extreme weather and population growth, IUCN and partners led by Bioversity International, have launched an initiative to develop solutions to food security. …  

15 Aug 2013 | News story

Buffalo breeders in Abu-Sobatt canal, the Park’s main waterway

Iraq’s first national park announced

In a historic first, Iraq announced the creation of its first national park, Mesopotamia Marshland National Park, in July 2013. The park designation process, which began in 2006, created the new protected area with the vision “Water, Reeds and People”, and three main objectives: restore, enhance and conserve the unique wildlife and natural beauty of the area, establish the long-term maintenance of its environmental features, including the conservation of cultural heritage and development of sustainable activities, and ensure the financial accountability of the area through ecotourism and additional means.   …  

09 Aug 2013 | News story

Seasonal Harvest

Planning the first IPBES harvest

How could 100+ IPBES State Members effectively participate in the forthcoming Platform’s activities 2014-2018? IUCN recommends improving the current plan with priority given to capacity-building activities, setting up science-policy dialogues at national level, specifying burning conservation issues to tackle and harnessing the work of IUCN to the greatest extent. …  

06 Aug 2013 | News story

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates World Ranger Day, as Prince William salutes park rangers’ “brave and tireless work”

Today, we celebrate the outstanding efforts of park rangers around the globe on the occasion of World Ranger Day. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, nature’s most inspiring places stand a chance in the face of menacing threats, such as illegal poaching or forest clearing. …  

31 Jul 2013 | News story

Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon), Eifel, Germany

European butterflies under threat of extinction

According to the recent report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), European grassland butterflies have declined dramatically by almost 50% over two decades. This study highlights an alarming trend for butterflies and complements the assessment by the European Red List of Butterflies conducted by IUCN. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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The Great Nature Project

Nature is getting ready for its close-up!

IUCN Member, the National Geographic Society, is urging everyone to go outside to explore nature, whether in their own backyard, a local park or anywhere that nature thrives. …   | French | Spanish

13 Jun 2013 | News story

Giant Salvinia covering a farm pond

Giant aquatic fern added to the IUCN Invasive Species list

The Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), an aquatic fern has been added to the list of 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. Compiled by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Invasive Species Specialist Group, (ISSG) the list aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to help prevent further invasions. …  

10 Jun 2013 | News story

Seasonal Harvest

Celebrate World Environment Day - secure nature’s food supply

To mark the food theme of this year’s World Environment Day: ‘Think. Eat. Save’ IUCN urges policy makers to pay greater attention to the role that nature plays in boosting global food security. …  

05 Jun 2013 | News story


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