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Shortfin Mako

More oceanic sharks added to the IUCN Red List

Expert findings show even the fastest, widest ranging sharks are threatened by overfishing as more species added to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species …  

22 Feb 2007 | International news release

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New International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

A new standard to promote the sustainable management and trade in wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) was launched today at Biofach, the World Organic Trade Fair, Nuremberg, Germany.   …  

16 Feb 2007 | News story

SSC experts search ways to save "Treasure Island" from ravages of invasive species

Gland, Switzerland, 5 April 2004 (IUCN) - Five experts from the Invasive Species Specialist Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission are investigating ways to eradicate alien invasive species from Costa Rica's Cocos Island National Park, to save the island's unique native biodiversity. Alan Tye, Brian Cook, Norm McDonald, Michel Pascal and Claudine Sierra all have extensive experience in the management and eradication of alien species in New Zealand, Australia, the Galapagos Islands and other countries. They recently carried out a mission to the island that is a favourite destination for treasure hunters due to legends about great fortunes hidden by pirates, centuries ago. …  

01 Feb 2007 | News story

Whale photographe

Carcass of critically endangered whale found in fishing gear off Japan’s coast

A critically endangered Western Pacific Gray Whale (Western Gray Whale) has recently died off the Pacific coast of Japan after becoming trapped in fishing gear. …  

01 Feb 2007 | International news release

Jane Smart appointed as new Foreign Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry has a number of foreign members from international organizations in the forestry and agricultural sectors. But there is no member from an international organization for environment protection or conservation. In the last few years it has also been difficult to find suitable members representing Swedish organizations in these areas. Considering the Academy’s increasing commitment to environment protection and conservation we feel that the time should now be ripe for a member active in international conservation. …  

29 Jan 2007 | News story

Dead vaquita porpoises on a beach. www.vaquitamarina.org

Is the Vaquita porpoise extinct?

Cetacean experts of IUCN’s Species Survivial Commission are meeting this week
to review the status of the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises …  

24 Jan 2007 | News story

Asian rhinos

IUCN members call for action against rhino poaching in Nepal

Rhino poaching is the most pressing issue facing Nepal's wildlife today. With rhino populations shrunk by about a third since 2000, commission members of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Nepal submitted a petition to the Environment Conservation Committee of the Nepalese House of Representatives on 12 January 2007 to prompt immediate action in favour of Nepal’s rhinos.
  …  

18 Jan 2007 | News story

A young Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis).

Vietnamese Pond Turtle Mauremys annamensis refound in wild by scientists after 65 years

Efforts to find the Vietnamese pond turtle, Mauremys annamensis, last officially recorded in the wild in 1941, yielded a major success last week when a young female turtle was successfully trapped by biologists in central Vietnam. Although specimens have occasionally been observed in wildlife trade, it had not been seen in the wild by scientists for 65 years. …  

20 Dec 2006 | News story

An explosion of marine life surrounds healthy coral reefs in the Philippine's Verde Island Passage.

Rich Marine Life in the Heart of Southeast Asia's Coral Triangle Protected

The Verde Island sea passage, between the Philippine island of Mindoro and Batangas province, has been identified as the “centre of the centre” of the world’s marine shorefish diversity in a study by Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment co-ordinator, and Victor Springer of the Smithsonian Institute. …  

10 Nov 2006 | News story

Last siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus) in India

Landmark achievement in Whooping Crane conservation inspires efforts to save the Siberian Cranes

The first successful nesting of wild whooping cranes in the American Midwest since the 1890s marks an important milestone in the long running conservation programme to save the world’s rarest crane. …  

27 Oct 2006 | News story


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