2012

Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Line up for Congress: Registrations now open

Registration for the much awaited 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress is now open. Held next September in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, it offers the chance for anybody interested in nature to participate in a unique platform attended by world-class decision-makers from all kinds of sectors. …   | French | Spanish

13 Mar 2012 | Article

Andrew Seidl

Counting the cost of water

The economic value of water cannot be underestimated. To that end the Head of IUCN's Global Economic and Environment Programme, Andrew Seidl talks about some of the risks that we face if we don't start counting the cost of water. …  

13 Mar 2012 | News story

European Tree of the Year

A Hungarian lime tree is the European Tree of the Year!

Over 40,000 votes were cast in this year’s European contest for the European Tree of the Year. The winner of the second edition of the contest is a lime tree from Hungary. …  

13 Mar 2012 | News story
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Fishing in floodwaters in Xe Champhone, Lao PDR.

'The Way Towards Rio+20' - speech by IUCN Director General

Mr Chairman, thank you for your invitation to address this important event and to contribute, on behalf of IUCN, to your deliberations over what should be Marseille’s message to the Rio+20 Conference. …  

13 Mar 2012 | IUCN statement

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre speaking on the opening day of the World Water Forum in Marseille, France.

Address by IUCN Director General to the World Water Forum

On this platform I represent the global voice of environmental advocacy, to speak up for the rights of people and nature, for the social benefits of wetlands and ecological flows, for all the extraordinary species (including our own) that depend on resilient nature for their life support. …  

12 Mar 2012 | IUCN statement

The natural flow of the Zarqa river in winter, in a section which is dry in Summer due to over-extraction of ground water. Upstream part of the Zarqa, Jordan.

Hopes high as Water Forum kicks off

The World Water Forum opened on Monday with demands to bring clean water and sanitation to billions in need and to address worsening scarcity and waste. Mark Smith, Head of IUCN's Water Programme was impressed by the opening and has high hopes for a positive outcome. …  

12 Mar 2012 | News story

Tanguar Haor community information centre opens to the public

Tanguar Haor community information centre opens

IUCN’s Senior Programme Officer and Tanguar Haor’s Project Manager, Aminur Rahman recently welcomed the local community to the newly opened Tanguar Haor community information centre for the ‘Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor’ Project. …  

11 Mar 2012 | Article

Cambodia

World Water Forum: nature takes centre stage

Natural ‘infrastructure’ such as river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands, plays a key role in addressing today’s global water needs and must be an integral part of every country’s water management portfolio, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the World Water Forum starting in Marseille on Monday 12 March. …   | French | Spanish

10 Mar 2012 | News story

2012 World Conservation Congress logo

Candidates for IUCN Council 2013-2016

IUCN Members will elect a new Council for 2013-16 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 6-15 September 2012. IUCN is pleased to announce the list of candidates for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of Commissions and Regional Councillors. …   | French | Spanish

09 Mar 2012 | News story

Campbell Island Albatross (Thalassarche impavida)

Worrying declines for world’s seabirds

The status of the world’s seabirds has deteriorated rapidly over recent decades and several species and populations are now perilously close to extinction, according to a new review by BirdLife International, a partner of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Across the globe, commercial fisheries pose the most serious threat to seabirds. …  

09 Mar 2012 | News story