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Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

Mixed fortunes for Africa’s rhinos

New surveys depict extremely grim future for two of Africa's six rhino sub-species: the West African black and the northern white, while overall continental black rhino and southern white rhino are recovering.. …  

07 Jul 2006 | News story

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

Lape Forever - The sustainable use of Melanesian megapode eggs

This article, by Ross Sinclair of the SSC Megapode Specialist Group first appeared in issue 37 of Species, the SSC newsletter. …  

30 Jun 2006 | News story

Robin Sharp of the Sustainable Use Specialist Group.

Species Survival Commission Conservation Awards for 2006

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is an exceptional network of experts who make their time and considerable talents available through more than 100 Specialist Groups and Task Forces. …  

19 Jun 2006 | News story

Weeding an entire island to protect a globally important coastal ebony forest

The beautiful Mauritian island of Ile aux Aigrettes is only 26ha and lies just 850m offshore. Its proximity to shore leaves it particularly vulnerable to invasive plant species that threaten its coastal ebony forest, the last remnants of which are found on Ile aux Aigrettes. …  

07 Jun 2006 | News story

Tree, Cameroon

Liberia Timber Sanctions: To Lift or Not to Lift? That is the Question

The UN imposed timber sanctions on Liberia in 2003 because ‘blood timber’ was funding civil war. Lifting sanctions will be considered by the UN next week - a critical time in terms of ongoing forest sector reforms and advances made by the Liberian Government under President Sirleaf. But have the conditions for the lifting of sanctions been met? …  

02 Jun 2006 | News story

Bowhead whale in Greenland. The blow (or spout) of a bowhead can reach 7m in height.

Bowhead whale population re-surfaces in the Arctic

Scientists recently spotted several bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) near Svalbard where they have only been spotted a few times in the last several decades. …  

16 May 2006 | News story

Squalius Keadicus, a freshwater fish endemic to Greece.

Mediterranean Freshwater Fish on the Brink of Extinction

Released IUCN report says seven species have become extinct and one is extinct in the wild.  …  

15 May 2006 | News story

Rights and Resources Initiative logo

Efforts to Strengthen Local Rights to Own and Use Forests and Fight Rural Poverty

Stating that the ambitious global effort to radically reduce poverty will fail unless it focuses on the 1.6 billion people who rely on forests for their livelihoods, a coalition of organizations has launched an international initiative advocating for stronger community rights to own and use forests and develop sustainable forest-based economies. The group, including IUCN, aims to assist communities and governments to double the global forest area under community ownership and management by 2015. …  

04 May 2006 | International news release

Silas Siakor accepting the Goldman Prize in San Francisco.

Goldman Environmental Prize goes to SDI Liberia

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) extends its warmest congratulations to Silas Siakor of Liberia, a winner of this year’s Goldman environmental Prize, awarded in San Francisco California last week. SDI and Mr Siakor have been valuable partners of IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme, working on critical issues related to forest concession review and reform, as well as initial efforts to introduce the African Forest Law Enforcement and Governance process in Liberia. …  

03 May 2006 | International news release

Tufted duck.

First World Migratory Bird Day

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) together with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) will launch the first World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) from the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Laikipia, Kenya with “WINGS,” an artistic and cultural show reflecting the wonders of bird migration. …  

10 Apr 2006 | News story

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