West and Central Africa

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

Lac Tchad Map

BRIDGE project advances ratification of Lake Chad Water Charter

IUCN, under the auspices of the BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) project, supports Nigeria and Cameroon towards major advancements in the ratification of the Lake Chad Water Charter  …   | French

20 Jan 2015 | News story

IUCN welcomes Burundi as a new State Member

IUCN extends a warm welcome to the Republic of Burundi, which has officially announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes. The Ministry for Water, Environment, Land Management and Urban Development confirmed the Government’s decision and has designated the Burundian Office for the Protection of the Environment (OBPE) as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Portada del libro "La Lista Roja de la UICN: 50 Años de Conservación".

Stunning new book commemorates 50 years of The IUCN Red List

A new book, The IUCN Red List: 50 Years of Conservation, combines stunning wildlife photography with the voices of IUCN experts and renowned conservationists to celebrate 50 years of outstanding effort and achievement by a worldwide network of scientists and partner organisations that together build and maintain The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Peacock butterfly

IUCN welcomes 13 new Members

 The IUCN Council has admitted 13 new Members to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

14 Jan 2015 | News story

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Lac Tchad Map

Le projet Bridge AFRICA à l’œuvre pour la ratification de la charte de l’eau du Bassin du Lac Tchad

L’UICN, dans le cadre du projet Bridge Africa, a effectué une mission de sensibilisation des décideurs des États membres de la Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad (CBLT) pour la ratification de la Charte de l'Eau du Bassin du Lac Tchad. …  

12 Jan 2015 | News story

Masai Mara National Park

Mission: supporting development through biodiversity conservation

The European Union is the biggest contributor to biodiversity finance in developing countries, and with the designation of 2015 as the “European Year for Development”, the achievements of the European Union’s global action in the field of conservation will be in the spotlight. Some of these results were showcased recently at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, through the participation of EU-supported protected areas initiatives such as BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management programme). …  

09 Jan 2015 | News story

Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Niger Basin Authority adopts resolution on ecosystem protection

At the invitation of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), IUCN experts presented their case on Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Sustainable Development, leading to the adoption of a new resolution during the 33rd session of the NBA Council of Ministers.  …   | French

06 Jan 2015 | News story

West and Central Africa Regional Office