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What lies ahead for biodiversity in the coming years?

As the International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, we take stock of what has been achieved and look at what lies ahead for biodiversity in the coming years. Will we see greater momentum for nature conservation; will high level commitments translate into concrete action; who will be the key players?

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> Listen to Jane Smart talk about the 20 targets decided at the last Convention of Biological Diversity in Japan
Jane Smart

Sharing benefits of genetic resources

TACARE project - the Jane Goodall Institute

Securing fair, globally-regulated access to the earth’s genetic diversity and equitable sharing of the benefits it offers us is one of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. A protocol was finally adopted in Nagoya.

> Read more and listen to IUCN’s Biodiversity Policy Officer

Good news for threatened species

Orange-eyed green tree frog

Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission tells us which species are most in decline and require most urgent attention from the conservation community.

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IUCN DG Julia Marton-Lefèvre

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre sums up what we have achieved during the International Year of Biodiversity.

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Securing a safe passage for salmon

Juvenile masu salmon

IUCN experts are advising the Japanese on the removal of a series of dams that have hampered wild salmon migration in the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.

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Can high fashion helps the high Andes?

Vicugna vicugna, one of the native South American camelids. High in the Andes, Reserva Nacional de Pampa Galleras.

The growing demand for luxury clothing is helping to secure one of South America’s threatened species—the vicuña—but can it also secure the livelihoods of the poor Andean communities who produce vicuña fibre?

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Buying land to save the species of Spain

White stork.

Some of Spain’s flagship species such as the Iberian lynx and brown bear are benefiting from the work of IUCN Member organization Fundació Caixa Catalunya.

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What next?


We ask prominent figures from around the world, representing both the public and the private sector, what they see as the greatest priorities for saving biodiversity after 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity.

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Sue Mainka A snapshot of some of the planet's species that we're working to save
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Olive Ridley Turtle How much do you know about biodiversity?
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Atlas : biodiversity of the Francophonie

The first-ever comprehensive analysis of the state of biodiversity in 67 countries of the Francophonie.
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More publications

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What job can beat that!

Alex Rogers A window on the work of Dr Alex Rogers, marine conservation specialist.
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Climate change deal in Mexico

Grey Lake glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps.
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