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Deep-sea squid. Teuthowenia pellucida

High seas biodiversity - high on the Nairobi agenda

The open oceans and deep seas represent 95% of the global biosphere. They play an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate and are home to a major part of the world’s biodiversity, containing some of the most productive ecosystems, vast natural resources, unique habitats and unknown species. However, mounting pressures from intensifying human use, climate change and ocean acidification threaten to undermine these ecosystems’ biodiversity, balance and resilience. …  

09 May 2010 | News story

The Secretariat of the Andean Community and IUCN hosted a meeting in Lima for Water and Environmental authorities from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, to present and launch the new river basin maps for the Andean Community.

Building Transboundary Trust in the Andes

Information on water flows, how much rainfall, and where the water goes is critical for both water and environmental management, but also for economic development and security. …   | Spanish

06 May 2010 | News story

The Midori Prize for Biodiversity

The AEON Environmental Foundation of Japan has announced the establishment of “the Midori Prize for Biodiversity”. This prize will be implemented in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Japan Ministry of the Environment, an IUCN Member, and the United Nations University. …  

06 May 2010 | News story

Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird

Governments to debate planet "bailout"

Never has the world faced a more pressing crisis than the current loss of biodiversity, which affects every man, woman and child. The gap between the pressure on our natural resources and governments’ response to the deterioration is widening. IUCN is calling for governments to come up with a “bailout plan,” a 10-year strategy that will help countries halt and reverse this loss. …  

06 May 2010 | International news release

Participants in a CEPA workshop to create a Tiger Action Plan in Bangladesh do the tiger jump.

Tiger Conservation Communication: CEPA Workshop in Sundarbans

CEC members Frits Hesselink and Malcolm Whitehead facilitated a five-day CEPA workshop on board a boat cruising the Sundarbans. It was strategic communication planning meeting of the Tiger Action Plan, launched by the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, and inspired by the CEPA Toolkit. …  

06 May 2010 | News story

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

IUCN welcomes Solomon Islands as new State Member

The Government of Solomon Islands has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes, becoming the 83rd State Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology has been designated by the Government of Solomon Islands as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

05 May 2010 | News story

marine programme

Science needn't cost the earth

Background: Key decisions which could help to reverse the current extinction crisis will be decided at the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice or SBSTTA, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 21 May 2010. Decisions taken in Nairobi will provide a scientific basis for discussions that will take place in October in Nagoya, Japan, at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. …  

04 May 2010 | Media advisory

Seabirds

IUCN deeply concerned at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

IUCN expresses deep concern at the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform. …  

03 May 2010 | News story

In the Cendrawasih Bay National Park, Birds Neck area, West Papua

Hopes and fears for science talks in Nairobi

This month a meeting will take place in Nairobi in Kenya where scientists, including a delegation from IUCN, will meet with the world’s governments to advise them on the best way forward to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. The conference, known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice or SBSTTA, is a crucial part of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Decisions taken in Nairobi will provide a scientific basis for the convention, which will meet in Nagoya in Japan later this year.
Jane Smart is the Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group. She says that this year’s talks, to stem the loss of biodiversity, are critical.
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02 May 2010 | Audio

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson

Message from the Deputy Director General

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson speaks about his expectations for the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nairobi in May 2010, and explains IUCN's role in the creation of a new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). …  

02 May 2010 | Video