Species

Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Planted forest landscape, Brazil

Mitigating the impacts of biofuel production

IUCN and Shell are working with a wide range of stakeholders to gain a shared understanding of how to mitigate the impacts of biofuel production caused by indirect land use change. …  

12 Oct 2010 | News story
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Medoffice, Mediterranean, Island, Plants, Mediterranean Island Plants, IUCNMed, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Red List, Top50, Allium calamarophilon

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

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

Cumaru Brazil

Sustainable wild plant harvesting proves a global success

Worldwide application of a new standard for sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal, aromatic, dye and food plants and trees is charting new ways to protect the species and their habitats and benefit the communities that depend on them, according to a new report from world wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

15 Sep 2010 | News story

Dandelion

Revised standards for sustainable management of medicinal plants

Medicinal Plants – FairWild Standard version 2.0 combines ecological, social, and economic good practice principles for sustainable wild collection of natural ingredients for food, cosmetics, herbal remedies and pharmaceuticals …  

08 Sep 2010 | News story

Fishing on the Perfume River in Vietnam

The future of water in the face of climate change

There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. …  

06 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson

Message from the Deputy Director General: Freshwater conservation

Watch IUCN Deputy Director General Bill Jackson talk about freshwater conservation challenges and explain what IUCN is doing to make sure that there's enough water in the world both for nature and for people. …  

04 Sep 2010 | News story

Golden toad, Incilius periglenes

Search for lost amphibians

Teams of scientists around the world have launched an unprecedented search in the hope of rediscovering 100 species of "lost" amphibians – animals considered potentially extinct but that may be holding on in a few remote places – Conservation International and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group announced today. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story


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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