News releases

Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

MacArthur awards IUCN and WWF $2 million for climate adaptation

IUCN and WWF will receive $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation to develop an adaptation network that will help some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems and societies cope with the impacts of a changing climate. …  

03 Feb 2009 | International news release

Aldabra

Dive into the oceans with Google Earth

Very little is known about oceans. That’s why very little - less than one percent - of the Earth’s oceans are protected, compared to 12 percent of the land surface. ‘Ocean in Google Earth’, launching today, lets virtual voyagers find out what marine species live where and discover marine protected areas, one of the best tools for protecting our oceans. …  

02 Feb 2009 | International news release

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

A monumental decision for the oceans

President Bush today will formally designate three areas in the Pacific as Marine National Monuments. IUCN has been one of the major partners of the U.S. Government in the creation of these marine protected areas. The scientific and technical advice provided by IUCN to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has paid off, as it will result in the creation of the world’s largest ocean protected area covering 195,280 square miles. …  

06 Jan 2009 | International news release

Asian elephants

Myanmar emerges as ivory trade and elephant smuggling hot spot

About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar in the past decade, mostly destined for “elephant trekking” tourism activities in neighbouring Thailand, reveals a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. …  

11 Dec 2008 | International news release

Pillar coral in Marine Protected Area, Bahamas

Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. …  

10 Dec 2008 | International news release

Glboescan presentation

Combating climate change and boosting growth are natural allies

Accelerated action on energy savings and the scrapping of fossil fuel subsidies are the two top actions needed to combat climate change and spur economic recovery, according to a survey released today. …  

09 Dec 2008 | International news release

After the fire

Use nature to fight climate change – IUCN

Countries should use their natural resources to fight climate change, according to IUCN.  

30 Nov 2008 | International news release

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

India’s wild medicinal plants threatened by over-exploitation

India is a hub of the wild-collected plant medicine industry in Asia, but key species have declined due to over-collection to supply domestic and foreign medicinal markets, according to IUCN and TRAFFIC researchers. …  

24 Nov 2008 | International news release

people, climate, species/ecosystems, disasters are all issues that IUCN addresses

Changing the climate forecast - IUCN

IUCN hopes to see the roadblocks to a meaningful agreement on fighting climate change removed, especially given the climate agenda of the newly elected US government. Climate change is already affecting people and nature. …  

17 Nov 2008 | Media advisory

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Quarter of northeast Atlantic sharks and rays threatened with extinction

The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category. …  

10 Nov 2008 | International news release