Espèces

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) on Ascension Island

Experts unveil new framework for improved conservation of marine turtles

Effective conservation often comes down to a matter of scale and strategy. For threatened species that range across the globe, often the biggest challenge to conservation is knowing how to prioritize limited resources to the areas that need them most. In an article published today in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, the world’s leading marine turtle experts have developed a new framework to address this challenge for highly migratory—and highly threatened—marine turtles. …  

20 Dec 2010 | News story

Bois Amer (Carissa spinarum) - A Critically Endangered plant from La Réunion

The Flora of Réunion Island at Risk: one in three species are threatened with extinction

After an initial set of chapters dedicated to the fauna of Réunion Island, the national Red List of Threatened Species in France has been expanded to include the flora of the island. …  

17 Dec 2010 | News story

White stork nesting

Buying land to save the species of Spain

Some of Spain’s flagship species such as the Iberian lynx and brown bear are benefiting from the work of IUCN Member organization Fundació Caixa Catalunya. …  

15 Dec 2010 | News story

One of the dams that has been removed on the Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan to help ease the passage of salmon

Securing a safe passage for salmon

IUCN experts are advising the Japanese on the removal of a series of dams that have hampered wild salmon migration in the Shiretoko World Heritage Site. …  

14 Dec 2010 | News story

The vicuña, a wild South American camelid adapted to the high Andean region

Can high fashion help the high Andes?

The growing demand for luxury clothing is helping to secure one of South America’s threatened species—the vicuña—but can it also secure the livelihoods of the poor Andean communities who produce vicuña fibre? …  

10 Dec 2010 | News story

Shallow black tip shark

Study calls for EU ban on removing shark fins at sea

Shark fisheries experts say in a report released today that to strengthen the European Union’s ban on shark finning, EU fishermen should no longer be permitted to remove shark fins on board ships, and that loopholes in EU regulations make it possible for fishermen to fin an estimated two out of every three sharks without detection or punishment. …  

09 Dec 2010 | News story

Western Gray Whale

International scientists track endangered whale to discover breeding grounds

A team of scientists from Russia and the United States has successfully tagged and is tracking by satellite an individual from one of the world’s most endangered whale populations – a western gray whale - off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island. IUCN has been involved in the tagging and tracking process, providing scientific advice and logistical support. …  

02 Dec 2010 | News story

Royal Botanic Garden

IUCN and Royal Botanic Garden create synergies to conserve biodiversity in Jordan

Creating synergies towards biodiversity conservation in Jordan was the main aim of the partnership between IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Royal Botanic Garden. This partnership was officially announced through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed recently between both parties to jointly pursue their conservation efforts that promote equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in Jordan and the West Asia region. …  

02 Dec 2010 | News story

Finnish Year of biodiversity

New evaluation – one in ten Finnish species still threatened

The 4th Red List of Finnish Species has now been compiled and IUCN's new set of comparable criteria were employed for the second time. The results showed that there are 2,247 threatened species in Finland, which is 10.5 per cent of the 21,400 species evaluated. The number of species evaluated is exceptionally large, even by international standards. In 2010, over 6,000 more species were evaluated than in the previous evaluation in 2000. During the last ten years, the status of 186 species (10.0 per cent of the 1,505 species evaluated in 2000) has improved, while that of 356 has deteriorated. This indicates that, whilst species continue to decline, conservation efforts are also producing results for many species. …  

01 Dec 2010 | News story

Parthenium hysterophorous has invaded about 2 million ha. in Ethiopia including productive grasslands where it has displaced valuable pasture species to the detriment of livestock and wildlife.  Unless action is taken, parts of the Masai-Mara may look just like this in years to come.

Noxious weed threatens the biggest wildlife migration on the planet

The Serengeti - Masai Mara ecosystem in Africa, which hosts the largest wildlife migration known to man, is under attack from a noxious weed from Central America, commonly known as feverfew (Parthenium hysterophorus). If left unchecked it could threaten the continued migration of millions of animals across the plains every year, including 1.5 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 200,000 zebra. …  

24 Nov 2010 | News story

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