Mitiaro, Southern Cook Islands

IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world’s largest marine park

Gland, Switzerland, 15 November 2012 – IUCN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Cook Islands to support the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Cook Islands Marine Park. …  

15 Nov 2012 | News story

Animal skins for sale in a market

Hillary Clinton speaks out on wildlife trafficking

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has spoken out about the threat from wildlife trafficking, describing it as a global issue requiring a concerted global response. …  

12 Nov 2012 | News story

Dr Thomas Brooks

New head of IUCN Science and Knowledge announced

IUCN is pleased to announce that Dr Thomas Brooks will be joining the Secretariat as Head – Science and Knowledge in the Global Policy and Programme Group in January 2013. …  

30 Oct 2012 | News story

A male Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) at his peak

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana takes step back from extinction

The Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) has taken a formal step back from extinction this year. The announcement comes with the latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which was released in India this week by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …  

20 Oct 2012 | News story

A large Siberian Taimen (Hucho taimen) in Russia

Largest salmon in the world edges toward extinction

An international team of scientists have released assessment reports on the precarious status of a group of Asian salmon, taimen, which are recognized as the largest species of salmon in the world. The reports conclude that all species of taimen are now listed as threatened or Data Deficient on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, and point to a host of ongoing and emerging threats, including habitat loss and over- harvest. …  

19 Oct 2012 | News story

A close shot of medicinal plant Yarsa Gomba (cordyceps sinensis)

Going wise over sustainable use of wild plants

Ways to help government policy makers to engage the private sector in ensuring sustainable use of wild plants was explored at a side event entitled “‘Going wise’: mutual benefits for plant-based businesses and national policy-makers in sustainable use of wild plants”, which was held at the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

Hammerhead sharks migrate to warmer waters in winter to breed and to cooler waters in summer, often tracking migratory fish.

Into the deep unknown – scientists unveil the secrets of our seas

Hyderabad, India, 15 October 2012 – New facts about marine life enable scientists to locate some of the ocean’s most ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs), in the planet’s most remote places. At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls on the international community to protect them. …  

15 Oct 2012 | News story

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity; Jane Smart, Global Director IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group; and Piero Genovesi, Chair of the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group sign the agreement.

New deal to tackle invasive species

A new agreement signed this week has pledged the support of the IUCN SSC (Species Survival Commission) Invasive Species Specialist Group to help combat invasive alien species that are threatening ecosystems and livelihoods. …  

11 Oct 2012 | News story

Inauguration of the 11th meeting of Parties, Hyderabad India

CBD COP 11 underway in Hyderabad : Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2020 gets center stage

The Convention on Biological Diversity, 11th meeting of Conference of the Parties (CBD COP 11) got underway at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India. An estimated 5000 delegates from all over the globe have congregated at the CBD COP 11 venue in this historic Indian city to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing biodiversity conservation. …  

09 Oct 2012 | News story

SOS WWT SBS spoon-billed sandpiper 2011A-022 11A-22-17

Spoon-billed sandpiper “headstarting” success

With only about 100 breeding pairs remaining in the wild, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) is in crisis. To help save this species from extinction, SOS – Save Our Species - are financially supporting an innovative conservation project to boost the numbers of juvenile Spoon-billed Sandpipers at their summer breeding grounds in Chukotka, Russia.   …  

04 Oct 2012 | News story

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