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Saola captured by villagers in Laos

Asian ‘Unicorn’ sighted for first time in over ten years

For the first time in more than ten years, there has been a confirmed sighting of one of the rarest and most enigmatic animals in the world, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) from the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (also known as Laos) has announced that in late August villagers in the central province of Bolikhamxay captured a Saola and brought it back to their village. …  

16 Sep 2010 | International news release

Cumaru Brazil

Sustainable wild plant harvesting proves a global success

Worldwide application of a new standard for sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal, aromatic, dye and food plants and trees is charting new ways to protect the species and their habitats and benefit the communities that depend on them, according to a new report from world wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

15 Sep 2010 | News story

Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity at IUCN headquarters, 2 September 2010

What lies ahead

Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, visited IUCN headquarters last Friday to talk about upcoming events related to the Convention: the UN General Assembly special high-level session on biodiversity which takes place on 22 September in New York and the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan in October. …  

06 Sep 2010 | News story

Bog pimpernel is vulerable in the Netherlands

A show of plant personalities

From the flagship of a lost world long before the last great global climate change, to the lonely bachelor surviving only in gardens and greenhouses, plants whisper stories. Tales of cunning carnivores that lure innocent insects to a dreaded end and of stately palms, unequipped to move away from their imperilled comfort zone. Stirring life stories of plant species introduce visitors to the Amsterdam Botanic Garden, an IUCN Member, to a range of topical threats to the riches of Life on Earth: climate change, invasive species, habitat destruction, intensive agriculture and more. All these threats are illustrated by living examples of the stricken species. …  

02 Sep 2010 | News story

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

Steppe landscape

IUCN’s alarm call for Eurasian steppes

Growing threats to Euroasian steppes such as climate change, land-use change, overgrazing, hunting and mining will be the focus of an international conference organized by IUCN from 9 to 12 September in the Hustai National Park in Mongolia. The meeting will be attended by experts on natural grasslands but also by politicians and people that rely on steppes in their everyday lives, such as pastoralists. …  

30 Aug 2010 | News story

Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i

World Heritage goes marine – Hawai’i and Phoenix Islands Added

Six new natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting which closed in Brasilia last night. The Committee also updated its List of World Heritage in Danger. …   | Spanish

03 Aug 2010 | International news release

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Help families of rangers who have died on the frontline of conservation

On 26 July 2010 Achille Vilavu was killed whilst protecting the gorillas of Mount Tshiaberimu against a Mai Mai militia attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Achille is just one of a long line of rangers who have given their lives for conservation worldwide. …  

31 Jul 2010 | News story

"Branding Biodiversity" is a new publication on sustainability communications from Futerra.

Branding Biodiversity, Futerra's latest report calls for 'Love not Loss'

This report argues that we need 'Love not Loss!' and that rather than sob stories of rainforest depletion, the most powerful agent for change will be people's love of nature and the feeling of awe and amazement it brings. …  

30 Jul 2010 | News story

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

Pitons stay off danger list but concerns remain

The Pitons Management Area in Saint Lucia will remain off the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. IUCN welcomes the decision following new information from the Saint Lucia government that a moratorium on all new and unapproved development has been approved. …  

30 Jul 2010 | International news release