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IUCN Patron of Nature, HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

Turning the red carpet green

IUCN has the honour this week of welcoming its new Patron of Nature, HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to the organisation’s headquarters, accompanied by IUCN Goodwill Ambassador Mattias Klum. …  

21 Feb 2012 | News story

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Durban deal breathes life into climate talks

In December, governments at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa agreed measures to sustain current global efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and to conclude a new global agreement with legal force to help avert the threat of climate change. …  

21 Feb 2012 | Article

Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Turtle nesting boom in Philippines

A turtle baby boom on the Baguan Island of Turtle Islands in the Philippines has produced a record 1.4 million eggs according to Conservation International (CI) Philippines citing figures from the Department of Environment and Resources (DENR). …  

18 Feb 2012 | News story


Promote water issues in Europe with the Green Week

Every year, the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment organises the Green Week, one of the biggest conferences on environmental policy in Europe. You can apply to add your event to the Green Week’s satellite events list – an opportunity to increase visibility of your action.  …  

17 Feb 2012 | News story
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Svitlana Kravchenko

In Memoriam: Svitlana Kravchenko

The Environmental Law Programme mourns a great friend: Svitlana Kravchenko died at 62, a few days after a heart attack, in Eugene (Oregon).  …  

16 Feb 2012 | News story
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Meeting of Blue Planet Prize laureates

Blue Planet anniversary: a stimulus for action

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize and inject fresh impetus to global environmental action, IUCN’s Director General is part of a team of Blue Planet laureates working on a report ‘Environment and Development Challenges: the Imperative to Act’. This will be presented to the Rio+20 conference and other key international meetings, including the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September. …  

15 Feb 2012 | News story

18th session of the General Assembly of IUCN

Launch of IUCN Motions Blog

The Motions process is a central element of IUCN’s governance system and an important means by which Members can influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support in various conservation issues. …   | French | Spanish

15 Feb 2012 | News story

Dr. Susan Mainka

A tribute to Dr Sue Mainka

The IUCN community is deeply saddened by the loss of its colleague and friend Dr Susan Mainka. Sue passed away on Sunday 12 February after a five-month battle with cancer. She made a huge contribution to IUCN, to the Species Programme and to maintaining the scientific rigour of our work. The Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit was awarded to Sue by the IUCN Species Survival Commission on 4 February 2012, in recognition of her pioneering work on the conservation of the Giant Panda, her leadership of the IUCN Species Programme, and her encouragement of conservationists worldwide, especially in Asia. …   | French | Spanish

13 Feb 2012 | Article
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European Tree of the Year

Vote for the European Tree of the Year

Interesting and sometimes even touching – the stories of the finalists of the European Tree of the Year contest 2012 show the connection between people and nature. Vote for your favourite tree from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Slovakia until 29 February on The winning tree will be awarded at a ceremony at IUCN's office Brussels by the organizer of the contest – the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation.  …  

13 Feb 2012 | News story
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White-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys)

Love you for life: Monogamous species celebrate Valentine’s Day

What do gibbons, swans, wolves, French Angelfish, and albatrosses have in common? This Valentine’s Day they will all be celebrating with their life-long partners—these species are some of the few creatures that mate for life. …   | French

11 Feb 2012 | News story