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Businesses on board – for biodiversity

Finding ways for businesses to become more involved in helping to halt and reverse the current loss of biodiversity will be the main focus of the International Business and Ecosystems Dialogue, which will take place on Tuesday 26th Oc tober in Nagoya, Japan. The dialogue coincides with the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, which will set targets for the next ten years to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

18 Oct 2010 | Audio


Building bridges to tackle urban water challenges

The growing problem of how to provide clean water for an expanding urban population is one of the topics under discussion at the IWA World Water Congress in Montreal, which takes place from 19 to 24 September in Montreal, Canada. Around 3000 water experts from around the world will attend the conference, hoping to find the best ways of dealing with increasing demands placed on water resources. Mark Smith, Head of IUCN's Water Programme, explains more.     …  

21 Sep 2010 | Audio

Stephen Kamau, KENVO conservation officer

Care in the community - saving Kenya's forests

Forests cover less than 3% of Kenya’s land area but they’re an important source of income, food and economic growth to the country. However, forests are increasingly under pressure, due to rampant charcoal burning, illegal logging, overgrazing, forest fires and pollution. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers group (KENVO) has made great moves in preserving vast areas of the Gatamaiyu forest near Nairobi, working with local communities, many of whom were previously involved in illegal and destructive activities in the forest. …  

01 Jun 2010 | Audio

A young Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis).

Slowly does it - conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles

There are currently more than 90 species of reptiles and amphibians for which trade is forbidden under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES, as the species are threatened with extinction. For more than 600, trade is controlled to avoid threats to their survival.   …  

03 May 2010 | Audio

The Caucasus - Kolkheti

The curious case of the Caucasus

The Caucasus region is one of 34 global biodiversity ‘hotspots’. It has an impressive range of landscapes and unusually diverse species, many of which can only be found in this area. But the Caucasus is also one of the world’s most ethnically-complex regions, with many serious problems to overcome. …  

03 May 2010 | Audio

European Green Belt

Iron curtain of the past, green belt of the future

The fall of the Iron Curtain over ten years ago unveiled untouched ecosystems and undisturbed spots of biodiversity along its course. Lee Dudley, coordinator of the Green Belt Initiative, explains international efforts coordinated by IUCN to protect this great natural and cultural asset in Europe. …  

01 Apr 2010 | Audio

Gray whale breaching

What next for biodiversity targets

The 2010 biodiversity target was adopted in May 2002 during the sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It aimed to achieve, by 2010 ‘a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth’. Unfortunately, the latest analysis of the IUCN Red List shows this target has not been met. As we are facing an ever-increasing biodiversity crisis, we need a new, clear and realistic target to respond to it.  …  

01 Mar 2010 | Audio

Bluefin Tuna

International trade in endangered species uncovered

On 13 March, representatives from 175 countries will meet in Doha, Qatar for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora conference where they'll decide how to regulate trade in species ranging from bluefin tuna and sharks to polar bears and coral. Dr Sue Mainka, Head of Science and Learning at IUCN, and Head of IUCN's delegation at the conference, explains how the convention works for biodiversity conservation.     …  

01 Mar 2010 | Audio

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) 2008 IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

Action needed against species extinction

IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species™ shows that the extinction crisis continues unabated. Targets to reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010 look set to have fallen far short of what had been hoped for. Craig Hilton-Taylor, manager of the IUCN Red List Unit in Cambridge, England, says he hopes the International Year of Biodiversity will turn this situation around. …  

04 Jan 2010 | Audio

Jacques-Olivier Travers and Sherkan, the bald eagle

Flying high - birds of prey taught how to spread their wings

Birds of prey which have always lived in captivity often don't have the opportunity or skills to fly. Jacques-Olivier Travers, from the bird of prey centre Les Aigles du Leman, in Haute Savoie in France, teaches birds at the centre how to use their wings and gain their freedom in the skies. When they're ready, he flies with them on a paraglider over the mountains of France, showing an extraordinary bond between man and beast. Here he talks about how he teaches the birds to become airborne.   …  

01 Jan 2010 | Audio