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A fine example of the traditional Satoyama landscape - Kaisho-no-mori Forest, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Preserving nature while feeding a growing world

Agriculture is the principal land use on the planet, and it depends on managing nature to produce food. Today saw experts from the field get together in Nagoya to look at how farmers can be assured the best help in developing strategies to protect biodiversity and their livelihoods.   …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

Community members planting a medicinal plant, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

We know how to save biodiversity

According to the latest assessment of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, one-fifth of the world’s mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes are threatened with extinction. But the study also provides clear evidence of the positive impact of conservation efforts around the globe: its results show that without conservation action, the status of biodiversity would have declined by nearly 20 percent. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

White rhino

‘Fingers crossed’ for threatened species

Every day biodiversity is being lost at up to 1,000 times the natural rate: almost 19 thousand species out of 52 thousand assessed so far are threatened with extinction and the results of the latest assessment of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today show that, on average, 50 species of mammal, bird and amphibian move closer to extinction each year due to the impacts of agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation and invasive alien species. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Where are we heading?

As the momentum is building at the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya with only three days till the negotiations come to an end, we asked Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, for an update on the developments so far and his expectations of what lies ahead. Here is what he told us: …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

IUCN at CBD Nagoya 2010

Ministers gather in Nagoya

Senior ministers from more than 120 countries and five heads of state rolled in today to start the High Level Segment of the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan.
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27 Oct 2010 | News story

Juliane von Mittelstaedt, joint winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting

Prize Goes to Forests in Madagascar and Brazil

The 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting goes to Anjali Nayar and Juliane von Mittelstaedt for their articles on saving the forests in Madagascar and Brazil. …   | French | Spanish

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae), one of the worst Invasive Alien Species

Plant conservation progress in Asia

A new report from IUCN suggests that combining conservation, using plant diversity sustainably with a focus on poverty alleviation should be the future strategy for plant conservation in Asia. It emphasizes that the sustainable use of plants should be integrated in development plans, and climate change adaption and regional cooperation are also vital components for conserving plant diversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Coral reefs 5, Koh Bon island, Thailand

TEEB explained

Recognizing, measuring and capturing the value of nature – the goods and services it provides us such as water, food, medicine, fuel or building materials - is a high on the agenda of the Nagoya CBD conference. TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), which launched its three-year study during the meeting, is trying to make an economic case for biodiversity conservation, showing why it is important to the economy.Joshua Bishop, the TEEB for Business report coordinator and Chief Economist of IUCN, explains how TEEB puts a price to nature. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture

It’s in our hands: New book on our relationship with nature launched

A new book, Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture, is being launched by IUCN today at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Nagoya, Japan. The launch is part of an event organized through a collaboration between ETC-COMPAS and IUCN and is dedicated to promoting sacred natural sites and their crucial role in conserving nature and culture. The book is based on experience from around the world which highlights the importance of sacred natural sites in biodiversity conservation and the long-standing relationships between nature and people. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

Tree frog

Objectifs biodiversité 2020 en difficulté

Dans le cadre de la 10ème conférence de la Convention sur la diversité biologique (Nagoya, Japon, 18-29 octobre 2010), la communauté internationale négocie difficilement sur son engagement pour la protection de la biodiversité, qui continue pourtant de disparaître à un rythme alarmant. La France, pays à mégadiversité, doit contribuer à l’adoption de décisions plus fortes pour enrayer la disparition de la biodiversité et lancer une décennie décisive pour la préservation de ce bien public mondial. …  

25 Oct 2010 | News story