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Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Protect Planet Ocean Now

With only one per cent of the world’s oceans under protection, countries are far behind the 10 per cent target promised for 2010. A greater political will and a change in the way we manage our marine capital are needed now to preserve the Earth’s oceans for generations to come. …   | French | Spanish

19 Oct 2010 | International news release

St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

Natural ecosystems and protected areas – convenient solutions to the climate change crisis

World decision makers are paying inadequate attention to one of the strongest global tools in combating climate change, says a consortium of powerful international environmental organisations. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Protect nature – and let it protect us!

Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for conserving biodiversity and offer natural solutions to some of today’s major challenges: water quality and shortages, climate change, natural disasters, health and sustainable livelihoods. But will those taking part in the meeting in Nagoya recognize their value and the urgent need to increase most needed investments in them? …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Bruguiera gymnorhiza - flower

Satoyama: People and nature under one roof

Preserving and developing villages and farmlands in a sustainable way is just as important for biodiversity and human well-being, as is the conservation of wilderness. But to achieve this, we need to build a sound, harmonious and long-lasting relationship with nature. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Medoffice, Mediterranean, Island, Plants, Mediterranean Island Plants, IUCNMed, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Red List, Top50, Allium calamarophilon

A peek behind the figures

The ‘global extinction crisis’ has been in the news for a while now and conservationists are constantly throwing figures at us to illustrate the overwhelming scale of biodiversity loss. “Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 29 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals are threatened with extinction” - many of us could lose sleep over this alarming data. But what exactly does it mean? Who calculates these figures and how? How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

A sacred forest of a Christian community in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

When nature and people are one

As conservationists tear their hair out over the growing extinction rates of plants and animals, climate change effects and unsustainable development, there’s one forgotten element of the diversity of life that also urgently calls for their attention: the diversity of human cultures. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Caribbean dream

The 2010 target set by governments to reduce biodiversity loss may not have been reached but the thousands of actions taken by partners to IUCN's 'Countdown 2010' initiative are an important step towards the improved status of biodiversity and increased public awareness. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

Securing water for all - a 2050 plan

Having the right institutions and processes in place to cope with increasing demands on water resources, under threat from climate change, is key to ensuring a clean and plentiful supply of water for the world’s growing population. …  

23 Sep 2010 | News story

Divers admire groupers and sharks in a Caribbean Marine Protected Area

Cash now, save life tomorrow, says IUCN

As world leaders gather in New York for tomorrow’s first ever United Nations high level event on the extinction crisis, ahead of the UN General Assembly, IUCN urges governments to put up the cash that will allow the ever increasing rate of species extinction to be slowed and eventually reversed. …  

21 Sep 2010 | International news release

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals

Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders and development experts at the 2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, to be held this week at the UN Headquarters in New York. …  

20 Sep 2010 | International news release