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Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Increased protection urgently needed for tunas

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a threatened category, being at serious risk of extinction. Four species are listed as Near Threatened and nearly two-thirds have been placed in the Least Concern category. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jul 2011 | International news release

Northern Bald Ibises at their wintering grounds on the Ethiopian highlands in November 2011

Bird diplomacy in action for Syria’s last remaining ibises

Formerly thought to be extinct in the wild in the Middle East, the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian Palmyra desert in April 2002. With only four remaining individuals, it is currently the rarest and most threatened bird in the region. IUCN, with the help of its partners and diplomatic efforts of the Syrian First Lady, is involved in saving this enigmatic species. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Field visit during the Al Hima Workshop held in Lebanon

The old ways are the best—reviving traditional knowledge in West Asia

An ancient conservation practice born in the Arabian desert more than 1,500 years ago is now being revived in the battle-scarred greenery of Lebanon to help meet the complex challenges of a modern economy. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Zarqa River

Restoring the river - restoring lives

For decades, the Zarqa River in Jordan has been increasingly over-exploited and polluted. IUCN, in close cooperation with one of its Members, the Jordanian Ministry of Environment, is working to reverse this trend, coming to the rescue of the river basin itself and the people that need it to survive. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Khaldoun Al Omari working in the field

A bird’s eye view of conservation

With a background in applied biology and rich experience in nature conservation, IUCN’s Khaldoun Al Omari now engages his passion for nature and knowledge about how to conserve it. He is making sure that the potential of protected areas in saving our natural environment not only looks great on paper but is also effectively translated into action on the ground. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

Wadi Rum Jordan

Jordan and Germany also join World Heritage

The Wadi Rum Protected Area in Jordan has been declared a World Heritage Site, becoming the 211th natural site to join UNESCO’s prestigious list. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2011 | International news release

Egyptian woman carrying bricks

Egypt gender strategy completed

IUCN and partners have completed the development of a national gender strategy for Egypt. The “National Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Change in Egypt” was completed in Spring, with IUCN in its role as a leading member of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance. …  

24 Jun 2011 | Article

Mohamed Talaat El Hennawy, Manager , Wadi El Rayan Protected Area, Egypt.

World Heritage in Egypt

Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt, is Egypt's only natural World Heritage Site. It contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales: Archaeoceti. …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Dhows in Socotra Islands.

More support needed to boost Arab natural World Heritage

With only two natural sites added to the World Heritage List in 15 years there is a need to review the process of nominating natural World Heritage Sites in Arab States, a new IUCN report has found. …   | French | Spanish

21 Jun 2011 | International news release

Jane Smart, Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group and Global Species Programme
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN and H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD during the signing ceremony

IUCN and Abu Dhabi join forces for conservation

IUCN and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a four-year Framework Agreement in support of the IUCN Programme, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC). …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story