News for Members

Ziyuan Fir discovery

Ziyuan Fir discovery brings new hope for one of China’s most threatened trees

Twenty-one Ziyuan Fir (Abies ziyuanensis) trees have been discovered after eight months of intensive fieldwork in Yinzhulaoshan Provincial Nature Reserve (NR), Guangxi, China according to David Gill from SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, FFI (Fauna and Flora International). SOS funded this Abies species conservation project in January this year. …  

18 Nov 2014 | News story

Flag-map of Niue

IUCN Oceania welcomes new Member representing Niue NGOs

The IUCN Oceania Region welcomes the Niue Island United Association of Non-Government Organisations to its Membership and the family of conservation enthusiasts in the region. …  

18 Nov 2014 | News story

Children in Simien National Park, World Heritage site, Ethiopia

New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage

Sydney, Australia – Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. 

18 Nov 2014 | International news release

Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

A historic step for World Heritage and protected areas in Myanmar

After years of relative isolation, Myanmar has now emerged as one of the last frontiers for biodiversity conservation and protected area development in Southeast Asia. Myanmar’s rapid economic and political reforms present both threats and opportunities for biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and World Heritage status.  …  

18 Nov 2014 | Article

Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction

Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the survival of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel and Chinese Cobra, while the destruction of habitat has caused the extinction of a Malaysian mollusc and the world’s largest known earwig, and threatens the survival of many other species – according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

17 Nov 2014 | International news release

Follow the action

New video: Insights into the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus

A new video providing a collection of insights on opportunities and solutions on Water, Energy and Food Security has been shown at the recent Nexus Symposium which took place in Beijing from 11-13 November. …  

17 Nov 2014 | News story

Rapeseed (a biofuel crop)

IUCN report says jury still out on biofuels, calls for more research on biodiversity impacts

Sydney, Australia, 15 November 2014 (IUCN) – Food security, land grabs and human rights abuses are just some of the harmful impacts identified with the production of biofuels at a global scale, according to a new IUCN report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

The French Pyrenees National Park has been confirmed as a Green List site

Green is the new gold

The Green List was launched to a rousing reception at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. …   | French

15 Nov 2014 | International news release

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Behind the frontlines: Interagency cooperation supporting rangers' work in Thailand

Updating SOS on project developments from an emergency funding grant for work in Thap Lan National Park, Thailand, Eric Ash of Freeland Foundation, an IUCN Member, is succinct. “While it is critical to support front-line rangers and other park-based stakeholders first and foremost, reducing rosewood poaching requires considerable enforcement efforts at all levels, from the forest, through trafficking routes, and in end-markets” he explains. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

Coral reef survey

'Game-changing visual record' of Great Barrier Reef published

IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, November 14 2014 - The Catlin Seaview Survey, in which IUCN is a partner, announced today that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story