News releases

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

Fishing on the Perfume River in Vietnam

The future of water in the face of climate change

There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. The call for increased funding comes as more than 2500 decision makers and leaders from the global water community are meeting in Stockholm, Sweden from 5 to 11 September, for World Water Week, where the theme of this year’s conference is “Responding to Global Changes – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement”. …  

06 Sep 2010 | International news release

IUCN's new conservation centre

Swiss Solar Energy Prize 2010

The 2010 Swiss Solar Energy Prize has been awarded to the ground-breaking solar energy system created by Romande Energie and mounted on the recently inaugurated offices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   …   | French

03 Sep 2010 | International news release

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

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, World Heritage site in China

Working with water for better cities

Growing populations in towns and cities worldwide mean that more pressure is placed on our natural water supplies. Protecting water resources upstream must become a priority to ensure that people living in towns and cities downstream have access to clean water for their basic needs. …   | Chinese

30 Aug 2010 | International news release

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

La Reunion, Piton cabris, copyright IUCN Wendy Strahm

New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown

Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also decided to add Danxia (China) to the List. …  

02 Aug 2010 | International news release

Knuckles Mountain Range, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Hawai’i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List

The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawai’i were added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in Brasilia. The Committee continues its consideration of natural sites for inscription. …   | Spanish

31 Jul 2010 | International news release

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

Atsinanana, Andohahela, copyright Geoffroy Mauvais, IUCN

World Heritage in Danger: two natural sites listed

Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual meeting, currently taking place in Brasilia. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

30 Jul 2010 | International news release