A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Dark-winged Groundling (Brachythemis fuscopalliata)

IUCN study draws attention to the critical state of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presents alarming findings from the most comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessment in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The study aims at raising the current low profile of freshwater biodiversity conservation in this region, promoting integrated water resource management practices, and providing reliable and up-to-date data for decision makers. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

Lac Tchad Map

Le projet Bridge AFRICA à l’œuvre pour la ratification de la charte de l’eau du Bassin du Lac Tchad

L’UICN, dans le cadre du projet Bridge Africa, a effectué une mission de sensibilisation des décideurs des États membres de la Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad (CBLT) pour la ratification de la Charte de l'Eau du Bassin du Lac Tchad. …   | English

20 Jan 2015 | News story

Portada del libro "La Lista Roja de la UICN: 50 Años de Conservación".

Stunning new book commemorates 50 years of The IUCN Red List

A new book, The IUCN Red List: 50 Years of Conservation, combines stunning wildlife photography with the voices of IUCN experts and renowned conservationists to celebrate 50 years of outstanding effort and achievement by a worldwide network of scientists and partner organisations that together build and maintain The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Le Conseil des Ministres de l’Autorité du Bassin du Niger adopte une résolution relative à la protection des écosystèmes

La 33ème session du Conseil des Ministres de l’ABN a statué et adopté la résolution proposée par l’UICN relative à la protection des écosystèmes, pour l’élaboration d’un Plan de développement des zones humides du bassin du Niger en rapport avec l’UICN et en collaboration avec le Secrétariat de la Convention de Ramsar. …   | English

06 Jan 2015 | News story

12A-048-018, Team of student interpreters, WCS Bangladesh, SOS - Save Our Species, Cetaceans, Sundarbans

Share our smiles: Interactive educational outreach to save threatened coastal cetaceans in Bangladesh

Conservation is about people, and a key part of SOS Grantee Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) work to save threatened coastal cetaceans in Bangladesh explains  Brian D. Smith, WCS Programme Director. That entails reaching out to fishing communities in culturally respectful and interactive ways.   …  

18 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Diver in Marae Moana (Cook Islands Marine Park)

Future challenges for large marine protected areas in the Pacific highlighted at World Parks Congress

As the Pacific Islands region continues to lead the way in creating large marine protected areas, the World Parks Congress has delivered a wake-up call to the rest of the world that the Pacific will require help to manage these massive areas of global importance. …  

07 Dec 2014 | News story

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