Species

Nature plays a critical role in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet.

Biodiversity and water: two of a kind

Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. Its theme, Water and Biodiversity, coincides with the designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation and highlights the indispensible role of nature in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet. …  

22 May 2013 | News story

Dr Simon Stuart presents Sir David Attenborough with the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

Conservation royalty awarded IUCN’s highest award

Distinguished conservationist, Sir David Attenborough, received the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal earlier this week at a special presentation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

All our cousins on display

The first book to profile all species of primates, with illustrations of every species and insights into their role in nature and value to humans, has been launched today by Lynx Edicions in association with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI). …  

14 May 2013 | News story

Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta)

Networking for migratory birds

World Migratory Bird Day is a global celebration that highlights the need for more protection of migratory birds and their habitats. This year’s theme is “networking for migratory birds” and as the largest professional global conservation network, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is pleased to join the celebrations. …  

10 May 2013 | News story

Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it.

Invasive alien plants and pests: the communication challenge

Research to better understand the impacts of biological invasions has been carried out across Europe. Governments and institutions have undertaken prevention and control actions, and the European Commission is expected to present a dedicated legislative instrument in the near future. However, despite these initiatives, the general public is rarely aware of what pests and invasive alien plants are, and what damage they can cause. Raising awareness among the society is an indispensable step for fully addressing the issue.   …  

10 May 2013 | News story
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A timber lorry in Kongo village, Cameroon

IUCN signs new partnership for better forests

IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux ( ATIBT) – a key player in the tropical timber industry specialized in sustainable forestry, local processing of timber and forest certification schemes. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Margaritifera margaritifera, Critically Endangered

EU countries must do more to protect biodiversity

European Union countries should step up their conservation efforts and fully implement the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 to prevent species from going extinct, according to a recent analysis of the European Red List coordinated by IUCN.   …   | French | Spanish

02 May 2013 | News story

IUCN Red List sub-site

A new view of The IUCN Red List

There is a brand new way to search for information on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Launched today, a new section on The IUCN Red List website offers a simpler way to search for species and learn about the threats they face. Featuring more images than before, the sub-site makes The IUCN Red List information easily accessible to all wildlife enthusiasts. …   | Dutch

30 Apr 2013 | News story

Convict surgeonfish

Good news on Earth Day! New report highlights growing biodiversity awareness worldwide

For IUCN, whose core business is saving biodiversity, there is some very welcome news that awareness of biodiversity is growing worldwide. …  

22 Apr 2013 | News story

Turnicki National Park

Nature in Poland

Poland’s biodiversity is among the richest in Europe. Its transitional climate which is influenced by oceanic and continental air masses, its favourable geographical position at the centre of the continent with no natural barriers to the east or the west, its varied geological structure, land and hydrographic make-up and soil types make it a good habitat for many plant and animal species. Read the Country Focus on Poland to learn about Polish nature and conservation action. …  

18 Apr 2013 | News story
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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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