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Damselfly in Jacana, Botswana

Biodiversity where it belongs at top of UN agenda

UN’s first ever high level event on biodiversity: September 22, New York, US   …  

17 Sep 2010 | Media advisory

Saola captured by villagers in Laos

Asian ‘Unicorn’ sighted for first time in over ten years

For the first time in more than ten years, there has been a confirmed sighting of one of the rarest and most enigmatic animals in the world, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) from the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (also known as Laos) has announced that in late August villagers in the central province of Bolikhamxay captured a Saola and brought it back to their village. …  

16 Sep 2010 | International news release

Cumaru Brazil

Sustainable wild plant harvesting proves a global success

Worldwide application of a new standard for sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal, aromatic, dye and food plants and trees is charting new ways to protect the species and their habitats and benefit the communities that depend on them, according to a new report from world wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

15 Sep 2010 | News story

Dandelion

Revised standards for sustainable management of medicinal plants

Medicinal Plants – FairWild Standard version 2.0 combines ecological, social, and economic good practice principles for sustainable wild collection of natural ingredients for food, cosmetics, herbal remedies and pharmaceuticals …  

08 Sep 2010 | News story

Squaretail Coral Grouper (Plectropomus areolatus)

Groupers and Wrasses under threat

Groupers and wrasses are two highly prized families of fish that depend on rocky and coral reefs. If they escape the fishermen, many can live to a ripe old age. But rates of population growth are slow and evidence suggests that overfishing is putting their survival at risk. One of the problems is that fishermen don’t discriminate between adults and juveniles when they’re taking their catch. Many species are threatened or near-threatened according to criteria for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. So what’s the solution? Yvonne Sadovy, Co-Chair IUCN/SSC Groupers and Wrasses Specialist Group, explains. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

Orange-eyed green tree frog

SOS call to Save Our Species

Thousands of animals and plants around the world face extinction with species currently disappearing at a rate up to 1,000 times higher than normal. If we do nothing to stop the decline not only will species disappear forever but the very fabric of our society, our very existence, will be threatened. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

Golden toad, Incilius periglenes

Search for lost amphibians

Teams of scientists around the world have launched an unprecedented search in the hope of rediscovering 100 species of "lost" amphibians – animals considered potentially extinct but that may be holding on in a few remote places – Conservation International and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group announced today. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Ghost Forest art project praised by IUCN Director General

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre, has accepted the role of ambassador for a major art installation called “Ghost Forest”, by British artist Angela Palmer. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story


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