Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India

UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more

Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Oct 2012 | International news release

A close shot of medicinal plant Yarsa Gomba (cordyceps sinensis)

Going wise over sustainable use of wild plants

Ways to help government policy makers to engage the private sector in ensuring sustainable use of wild plants was explored at a side event entitled “‘Going wise’: mutual benefits for plant-based businesses and national policy-makers in sustainable use of wild plants”, which was held at the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Hyderabad hopes for a protected planet

Protected areas both on land and in the sea are a hot topic here at the Biodiversity talks in Hyderabad. We ask Trevor Sandwith, Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, to explain what they are and why they are so important. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

The project has changed the lives of thousands of Hyderabad's poorest women.

Nature in the streets – the green heart of Hyderabad

While delegates are busy discussing the future of our planet’s natural realm, you don't have to look far to see conservation action on the ground. Through its ‘Green Hyderabad Environment Programme’, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HDMA) is developing green spaces to improve the quality of life in Hyderabad, conserve the city's biodiversity and engage local communities in conserving nature. The programme is supported by the Government of India, a State Member of IUCN. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

Jost van Dyke Island, British Virgin Islands

Islands show the way to conserve nature

A range of new and significant commitments to conserve nature in Europe’s overseas islands and regions were announced at Island Innovations, a dynamic high level event held during the UN Conference on Biodiversity (CBD COP11), in Hyderabad, India. Those include the continuous support of the European Parliament to the EU's BEST Preparatory Action and the British Virgin Islands’ involvement in the Caribbean Challenge Initiative. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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Sonia Peña Moreno on her hopes for Hyderabad

Hyderabad: what is the state of our natural world?

Sonia Peña Moreno, IUCN's Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer, talks about the achievements to date, as well what lies ahead of the international community, in the effort to halt the loss of biodiversity. …  

17 Oct 2012 | News story

Majestic Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The update brings the total number of species listed on The IUCN Red List to 65,518, of which 20,219 are threatened with extinction. …   | French | Spanish

17 Oct 2012 | International news release

Urban agriculture in Brussels

Biodiversity, a wealth for cities

During the side event “Sharing best practices for biodiversity conservation in European urban areas” at the UN meeting on biodiversity, keynote speakers from Germany, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland explained how biodiversity conservation can contribute to improved quality of life for urban citizens and how investing in natural capital can lead to sustainable growth. …  

15 Oct 2012 | News story

Hammerhead sharks migrate to warmer waters in winter to breed and to cooler waters in summer, often tracking migratory fish.

Into the deep unknown – scientists unveil the secrets of our seas

Hyderabad, India, 15 October 2012 – New facts about marine life enable scientists to locate some of the ocean’s most ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs), in the planet’s most remote places. At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls on the international community to protect them. …  

15 Oct 2012 | News story

Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) DRC

Primates in peril – conservationists reveal the world’s 25 most endangered primates

Hyderabad, India - The world’s 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released today at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP11. Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2012–2014 has been compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF). …  

15 Oct 2012 | International news release