2013

Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon), Eifel, Germany

European butterflies under threat of extinction

According to the recent report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), European grassland butterflies have declined dramatically by almost 50% over two decades. This study highlights an alarming trend for butterflies and complements the assessment by the European Red List of Butterflies conducted by IUCN. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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The endemic Henderson fruit dove

Henderson Island newsletter and update on rat eradication

The Henderson Island July newsletter is now available. The newsletter is produced by the RSPB and documents the most recent update on the outcome of their 2011 eradication attempt, some of the benefits for the endemic Henderson Island wildlife, and an outline of RSPB’s approach over the coming months to restore Henderson Island. …  

26 Jul 2013 | Article
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Malabar Pufferfish
(Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Threatened freshwater fish fall through net of mismanaged aquarium pet trade

The global trade in freshwater fish is a large and diverse industry, estimated to be worth around US $15–30 billion a year. Supplied by captive-bred and wild-caught specimens, the aquarium trade is dependent on the replenishment capabilities of wild freshwater fish populations and sustainable methods of capture. Although a new paper published by the Conservation Research Group (CRG) and members of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group reveals that up to 30 species of barbs, catfish, loaches and other freshwater fish endemic to two biodiversity hotspots in India are continually traded around the world, despite their threatened conservation status on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story

Dr. Vo Quoc Tuan training local forest protector to use GPS

Bringing new technologies to forest protectors

Half of all Vietnam’s mangroves are in Ca Mau, its southernmost province. Over 60,000 hectares of Ca Mau’s mangroves are managed by seven forest management units and one national park, which don’t have the man power or funding to do the job properly. The mangrove forests are difficult to access and to protect and there are cases of government officials being attacked by illegal mangrove cutters. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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Biodiversity in uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park

Lesotho and South Africa’s Transboundary World Heritage wonder: Maloti-Drakensberg Park

At the recent meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia, the uKhahlamba- Drakensberg Park, located in South Africa and the Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho were inscribed as a transboundary World Heritage Site, with its new name, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park. The area is known for its spectacular natural landscapes and its wealth of rock paintings made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Call for international case studies of peatland restoration

The IUCN CEM Peatland Thematic Group are producing a booklet to highlight the important role of peatland restoration and management in helping meet biodiversity, climate change and water objectives. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Participants at DU-GAP 6th edition in Ouagadougou

Capacity development in West and Central Africa through training in protected areas management

Capacity development has been identified in many regions and in global assessments on biodiversity conservation as one of the key priorities that needs to be urgently addressed to promote best practices and management performance in protected areas. Supporting the development of knowledge and skills of local actors and national authorities is a vital component of the BIOPAMA programme. In West and Central Africa, the Protected Areas Programme of IUCN PACO launched a training programme in 2009 specifically aimed at protected area professionals, through which BIOPAMA activities can link to a network of protected areas managers and help bring specific protected area management tools to the region. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Southern sting ray swimming off the island of Grand Turk in the Caribbean

Key initiatives build bridges for protected areas management in the Caribbean

Regional meetings of two major initiatives focused on protected areas management and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean have provided space for BIOPAMA to strengthen its position in the region, as well as continue capacity building efforts at the multi-stakeholder level. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park, Bahamas

BIOPAMA looks ahead to the forthcoming IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Plans and proposals for the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014 continue to spread throughout the IUCN network with a mid-July presentation on the Congress by Nick Cox, BIOPAMA Manager, at the IUCN Regional Office for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean (ORMA) based in Costa Rica. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Glacial activity in the Antarctic sea

Effort to establish world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica Postponed….Again

Talks to create the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica have failed as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) could not reach agreement due to critiques from state members Russia, Norway, China, and others. The proposals, discussed at a special session in Germany this month, call for networks of MPAs in the Ross Sea, proposed by New Zealand and the USA; and the Eastern Antarctic, proposed by Australia, France, and the European Union. The new protected areas, about 3.93 million square kilometres, would more than double the area of the world’s oceans that are protected. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article