Building drought resilience in Uganda and Kenya

From drought-stricken to stewards rising

Over 12 million hectares of productive land are lost each year due to desertification and drought, resulting in a further loss of 20 million tons of grain that could have been grown. Every year the international community marks 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to raise awareness of this global threat.  …  

17 Jun 2015 | News story

Dama Gazelle Nanger dama (CR) in the Manga, Chad

West and Central Africa’s wildlife in trouble, shows new IUCN report

A new IUCN report released today evaluates the state of West and Central Africa’s terrestrial and freshwater fauna and highlights the inadequacy of responses to rapid wildlife decline in the region. Improved legislation and much more effective protection is urgently required to meet international targets for protected areas and halting biodiversity loss. …   | French

12 Jun 2015 | News story

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

The Horrid Ground-weaver (Nothophantes horridus)

Critically Endangered spider saved from planning development

IUCN is delighted that the petition launched by Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust to save the Critically Endangered Horrid Ground-weaver from planning development was a huge success! Buglife announced yesterday that this incredibly rare spider has been given a fighting chance of survival, after an appeal to build new houses in an old quarry was dismissed. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Shailyn Drukis

Meet an inspiring new generation of conservationists!

Young people all over the world are active for conserving nature, in and around protected areas. Many of them played an active role in the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Here, we portray some of them, acknowledging their leadership and inspiring work. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Max Jenes and colleagues

Max Jenes – a young conservationist braving elephant poachers

Max Jenes, winner of the International Young Conservationist Award 2014, works with the PAMS Foundation to protect Tanzania’s elephants from poaching. Here, he explains what inspires him to continue this risky work at the frontlines of conservation. …  

08 Jun 2015 | Article

Tiwonge I Mzumara-Gawa

Protecting birds in Malawi: Young Conservationist Tiwonge I Mzumara-Gawa

Tiwonge I Mzumara-Gawa is a volunteer Conservation and Research officer for the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM), the national partner of BirdLife in Malawi. Tiwonge has been honoured with the International Young Conservationist Award for her inspiring work in assessing threatened species and important bird areas (IBAs) in Malawi. In an interview, she told us more about her work, and what the award means to her. …  

08 Jun 2015 | Article

Infographic 'Going with the Flow'. The natural capital of water, follow @IUCN_Water on Twitter

On Valuing Nature’s Water Infrastructure

Blog by Mark Smith, Director IUCN Water Programme. Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015. …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Despite conservation successes, 13% of European birds still at risk of extinction

The new European Red List of Birds, published today and produced by the European Commission and BirdLife International, reveals that 13% of European bird species are threatened with extinction, largely due to habitat loss and degradation and climate change. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

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