A fine example of the traditional Satoyama landscape - Kaisho-no-mori Forest, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Preserving nature while feeding a growing world

Agriculture is the principal land use on the planet, and it depends on managing nature to produce food. Today saw experts from the field get together in Nagoya to look at how farmers can be assured the best help in developing strategies to protect biodiversity and their livelihoods.   …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

Community members planting a medicinal plant, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

We know how to save biodiversity

According to the latest assessment of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, one-fifth of the world’s mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes are threatened with extinction. But the study also provides clear evidence of the positive impact of conservation efforts around the globe: its results show that without conservation action, the status of biodiversity would have declined by nearly 20 percent. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

White rhino

‘Fingers crossed’ for threatened species

Every day biodiversity is being lost at up to 1,000 times the natural rate: almost 19 thousand species out of 52 thousand assessed so far are threatened with extinction and the results of the latest assessment of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today show that, on average, 50 species of mammal, bird and amphibian move closer to extinction each year due to the impacts of agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation and invasive alien species. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Where are we heading?

As the momentum is building at the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya with only three days till the negotiations come to an end, we asked Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, for an update on the developments so far and his expectations of what lies ahead. Here is what he told us: …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

IUCN at CBD Nagoya 2010

Ministers gather in Nagoya

Senior ministers from more than 120 countries and five heads of state rolled in today to start the High Level Segment of the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan.

27 Oct 2010 | News story

Juliane von Mittelstaedt, joint winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting

Un Prix pour les forêts du Madagascar et du Brésil

Le Prix d’excellence du journalisme environnemental UICN-Reuters-COMplus 2010 a été décerné à Anjali Nayar et à Juliane von Mittelstaedt pour leurs articles sur la sauvegarde des forêts au Madagascar et au Brésil. …   | English | Spanish

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Les jardins Shirotori; Nagoya

UICN Kankeisha Conshinkai Nagoya – Réception pour l’ensemble des composantes de l’UICN à Nagoya

Plus de 300 représentants des Membres de l’UICN, des membres des Commissions, du Conseil et du Secrétariat ont bravé des averses intermittentes le soir du lundi 25 octobre pour se retrouver dans le cadre magnifique des jardins Shirotori à Nagoya (Japon), lors d’une réception regroupant l’ensemble des composantes de l’UICN, à l’occasion de la 10e session de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB, COP 10) …   | English | Spanish

26 Oct 2010 | Article

Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae), one of the worst Invasive Alien Species

Avancement de la conservation des plantes en Asie

D’après un nouveau rapport de l’UICN, la future stratégie pour la conservation des plantes en Asie devrait associer la conservation à une utilisation durable des plantes mettant l’accent sur la réduction de la pauvreté. Il est souligné que l’utilisation durable des plantes devrait faire partie des plans de développement et que l’adaptation au changement climatique et la coopération régionale jouent un rôle central dans la conservation de la diversité végétale. …   | English | Spanish | Chinese

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Coral reefs 5, Koh Bon island, Thailand

TEEB explained

Recognizing, measuring and capturing the value of nature – the goods and services it provides us such as water, food, medicine, fuel or building materials - is a high on the agenda of the Nagoya CBD conference. TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), which launched its three-year study during the meeting, is trying to make an economic case for biodiversity conservation, showing why it is important to the economy.Joshua Bishop, the TEEB for Business report coordinator and Chief Economist of IUCN, explains how TEEB puts a price to nature. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture

It’s in our hands: New book on our relationship with nature launched

A new book, Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture, is being launched by IUCN today at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Nagoya, Japan. The launch is part of an event organized through a collaboration between ETC-COMPAS and IUCN and is dedicated to promoting sacred natural sites and their crucial role in conserving nature and culture. The book is based on experience from around the world which highlights the importance of sacred natural sites in biodiversity conservation and the long-standing relationships between nature and people. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story