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Caridina woltereckae, endemic to Lake Towuti (Sulawesi), currently under threat due to overharvesting for the aquarium trade, pollution and invasive fish species

Dead Shrimp Blues - the imperilled status of freshwater shrimps

I woke up this mornin' and all my shrimps was dead and gone”, so sang the legendary blues artist Robert Johnson back in 1937. A lyric which sadly resonates today according to a study led by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …  

25 Mar 2015 | News story

Bombus cullamanus, critically endangered

Nearly one in 10 wild bee species face extinction in Europe while the status of more than half remains unknown - IUCN report

The first-ever assessment of all European wild bee species shows that 9.2% are threatened with extinction, while 5.2% are considered likely to be threatened in the near future. A total of 56.7% of the species are classified as Data Deficient, as lack of experts, data and funding has made it impossible to evaluate their extinction risk.
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19 Mar 2015 | News story

cycads Uganda

6,400 seeds of Critically Endangered cycads planted in Western Uganda

Mpanga Falls in Western Uganda is known as one of the world’s largest areas where the endemic cycad species Encephalartos whitelockii occurs. This cycad species is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The remaining population is estimated at about 8,000 individual plants. …  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story

Forest landscape restoration does not call for increasing tree cover beyond what would be ecologically appropriate for a particular location.

Demystifying the World's Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities

A global movement to restore deforested and degraded forest landscapes is emerging. What should forest landscape restoration achieve? And where should it occur? …  

13 Mar 2015 | Article

Purple-throated Carib

Pollinating birds and mammals declining, reveals first global assessment of trends in the status of pollinators

According to a new study by IUCN and partners, the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction than away from it. …  

13 Mar 2015 | International news release

Shark entangled in a ghost net. Maldives

Ghost nets: silent killers in the oceans

Across the world’s oceans, a silent menace is threatening a host of marine species. Underwater, unaccounted for and often unseen, these inanimate killers lurk in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine life. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica)

Wildlife crime - it’s everyone’s challenge

Statement by IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen on World Wildlife Day. …  

03 Mar 2015 | Article

Rhino horn - Wildlife trade

Community-led solutions: a key force in tackling wildlife crime

On the eve of World Wildlife Day (3 March) a set of recommendations on engaging communities in combating the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) at the source has been issued by a group of more than 70 researchers, community representatives, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs from five continents. …  

02 Mar 2015 | News story

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