Nouvelles des Membres et pour les Membres

Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)

Asian vultures fly back from brink of extinction

Once described as possibly the most abundant large bird of prey in the world, the Critically Endangered White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) has suffered a population decline of more than 99.9% in just 15 years. According to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, 10 of the world’s 23 vulture species are threatened with extinction, with the most rapid declines occurring in Asia. As scavengers, vultures have an important ecological role and these population declines have serious consequences for humans and the environment. …  

25 Apr 2012 | News story

Kenton R. Miller Award

Support conservation innovation with a Kenton Miller Award nomination now

The deadline for nominations is 8 June 2012. …  

25 Apr 2012 | News story
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Top global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. …  

24 Apr 2012 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre at the Summit

IUCN Director General calls for women’s access to energy at the EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre called for education and career opportunities for women in the energy sector during the “EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit”, which brought together high-profile speakers including European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story
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Celebrating Earth Day

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, and the time has come to celebrate our planet. April 22 marked the annual date of Earth Day, and this year Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN spoke about energy issues and the importance of nature-based solutions on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. …  

22 Apr 2012 | News story


Hand in hand with IPBES

This week, in Panama, at the core of the current plenary session to establish a global platform on biodiversity and its benefits (IPBES), GBIF, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC showcased some examples of existing initiatives which the platform could build upon. More than 50 delegates attended the side event and gained an understanding of the data, information and knowledge already available to policy-makers. …  

21 Apr 2012 | News story

Beech forest surrounding kettle-hole mire in Serrahn, Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Germany to host IPBES secretariat

The secretariat of IPBES, a global platform on biodiversity and its benefits, will be located in Bonn, Germany. The German offer won the voting which took place during the second plenary session to build IPBES, in Panama City, Panama.  …  

20 Apr 2012 | News story

Holding nature

Linking IUCN science to global action

IUCN is ready to participate actively and share its most prominent knowledge products with an emerging global platform on biodiversity and its benefits (IPBES). Learn more on IUCN’s knowledge, tools and standards and discover how these can help IPBES linking science to action. …  

20 Apr 2012 | News story


2020VISION: UK photographers making space for nature

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report, DEFRA’s National Ecosystem Assessment, the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, and “Making Space for Nature”, Professor Sir John Lawton’s review of England’s wildlife sites are all essential reading for conservation professionals and campaigners. Yet if the important issues raised in these documents are to be pushed higher up the political agenda, they first need to prick the public conscience and become mainstream topics of conversation. …  

20 Apr 2012 | News story
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Washington Monument during Cherry Blossom festival

Nature is a solution, not a victim, says IUCN on Earth Day

April 22 marks the annual Earth Day, and this year Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), will be speaking on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall about nature as a solution to global challenges, and the five things that people, politicians and companies need to do to keep our planet healthy. …  

19 Apr 2012 | Media advisory