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SOS boosts wild tiger conservation

On-the-ground efforts to save the tiger have been given a major boost from SOS (Save Our Species) — a global conservation fund implemented by IUCN, the World Bank and GEF (Global Environment Facility) — the project will improve enforcement effectiveness in protecting and recovering tiger breeding populations and therefore addressing the biggest threat to wild tigers: poaching. …  

25 Nov 2011 | News story

Red means Act!

Red means Act! – Launch event at the European Commission

“I am proud to support the development of the European Red List of Species. Excellent work!” With these words EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik addressed a red crowd gathered for the launch of the European Red List on 21 November at the Berlaymont building in Brussels. To show their commitment to biodiversity participants were asked to wear something red. …  

24 Nov 2011 | News story
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Iberus gualtieranus

European Environment: alarming decline in plants, molluscs and freshwater fish

Europe's natural heritage is showing an alarming decline, according to new research published today. The European Red List, a part of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, assessed a considerable portion of Europe’s native fauna and flora, finding that a large proportion of molluscs, freshwater fish and vascular plants now fall into a threatened category. …   | French | Spanish

22 Nov 2011 | International news release

A plate from Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz published in 1885 depicting liquorice; the plant has been used as a medical cure for centuries

Liquorice named as Medicinal plant of the year 2012

Liquorice has been selected as “Medicinal plant of the year 2012” because of its paramount importance to human well-being world-wide. The selection was made by a panel from TRAFFIC (a joint programme of IUCN and WWF), the University of Würzburg and WWF. …  

21 Nov 2011 | News story

Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

Species on the Edge app is launched

Acclaimed by the US Apple Store as ‘New and Noteworthy’, the new Species on the Edge app is a detailed guide to 365 species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Featuring stunning photos and thought-provoking information it allows users to learn about threatened species from around the world. …  

16 Nov 2011 | News story

Southern White Rhino subspecies (Ceratotherium simum simum) Dr Richard Emslie

Another leap towards the Barometer of Life

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of information in order to obtain a better picture of the state of biodiversity. With now more than 61,900 species reviewed, another big step forward has been made toward developing the IUCN Red List into a true ‘Barometer of Life,’ as called for by leading experts in the magazine Science in 2010. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2011 | International news release

Jane Smart (IUCN) and Ahmed Djoghlaf (CBD) sign the agreement

IUCN and CBD Secretariat sign invasive species agreement

A supplementary agreement for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 regarding invasive species has been signed by Jane Smart, Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). …  

08 Nov 2011 | News story

Into the deep unknown – scientists on a mission to explore underwater mountains

Top marine scientists from around the world are setting off on a six-week cruise on board the RRS James Cook today to explore underwater mountains – or seamounts – of the southwest Indian Ocean Ridge. Their main focus will be to study species which live on the seabed and to understand the impacts that deep sea fishing has on marine life in the region. …  

07 Nov 2011 | News story

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi), a species endemic to Cayman Islands and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

Europe’s overseas territories need more protection

Giant “Mountain Chicken” frogs, the 25 million bird island, and a rainforest the size of Portugal are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and in need of greater protection, according to a new report published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

02 Nov 2011 | News story

Eastern Sucker-footed Bat Myzopoda Aurita, endemic to Madagascar

Swooping out of sight: Bats in need of greater protection

Nocturnal, furry and known for their spooky reputation around Halloween, bats are not only the mysterious mammals that haunt the dark; they are also an important part of nature and in need of greater protection. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, 20% of bats are threatened. …  

28 Oct 2011 | News story


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