News releases

Asian elephants

Myanmar emerges as ivory trade and elephant smuggling hot spot

About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar in the past decade, mostly destined for “elephant trekking” tourism activities in neighbouring Thailand, reveals a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

11 Dec 2008 | International news release

Pillar coral in Marine Protected Area, Bahamas

Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. …  

10 Dec 2008 | International news release

Glboescan presentation

Combating climate change and boosting growth are natural allies

Accelerated action on energy savings and the scrapping of fossil fuel subsidies are the two top actions needed to combat climate change and spur economic recovery, according to a survey released today. …  

09 Dec 2008 | International news release

After the fire

Use nature to fight climate change – IUCN

Countries should use their natural resources to fight climate change, according to IUCN.  

30 Nov 2008 | International news release

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

India’s wild medicinal plants threatened by over-exploitation

India is a hub of the wild-collected plant medicine industry in Asia, but key species have declined due to over-collection to supply domestic and foreign medicinal markets, according to IUCN and TRAFFIC researchers. …  

24 Nov 2008 | International news release

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Quarter of northeast Atlantic sharks and rays threatened with extinction

The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category. …  

10 Nov 2008 | International news release

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Barcelona sets environment action agenda

While the world struggles with the turmoil of a market crisis, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress defined the way forward in solving the environmental crisis. Participants in the Congress underlined that the cost of biodiversity losses are not only greater than those of the current financial problems, but in many cases, they are irreparable. …   | French

14 Oct 2008 | International news release

Ashok Khosla at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN’s New President Announced

Members of IUCN are celebrating the announcement of their new president, Ashok Khosla from India. He was running against Purificació Canals and Carlos Manuel Rodríguez in the presidential run-off at the world’s oldest and largest environmental network, held at its World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. …   | French | Spanish

13 Oct 2008 | International news release

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Largest environmental meeting sends wake-up call to the world

It’s time to wake up and take action to protect the planet’s natural wealth, that’s the message of the first part of IUCN’s World Conservation Congress. …   | Spanish

09 Oct 2008 | International news release

Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Threat category: ENDANGERED

IUCN Red List reveals world’s mammals in crisis

Barcelona, Spain, 6 October, 2008 (IUCN) – The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s mammals has confirmed an extinction crisis, with almost one in four at risk of disappearing forever, according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, revealed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. …   | French | Spanish

06 Oct 2008 | International news release