News releases

Boats in Sa'anapu marine protected area, Samoa

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN) – As concern increases on the state of natural resources and the degradation of the world’s oceans, it is critical to be clear on how countries are progressing with conservation actions for the environment. New guidance issued today on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) will significantly improve ocean protection efforts. …   | French | Spanish

08 Sep 2012 | International news release

Forests in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa

Restoring world’s forests proven to boost local economies and reduce poverty

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN). A 5-year programme to restore forest landscapes in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has demonstrated their crucial role in creating jobs and boosting incomes for local residents. …   | French | Spanish

08 Sep 2012 | International news release

Flamingos taking off from Lake Nakuru

Launch of a new report on Protected Areas

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 September, 2012 (IUCN) – Protected Areas –parks, nature reserves and other natural areas– assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over one billion people, while containing 15 % of the world’s carbon stock, according to a new report released today at the World Conservation Congress. …   | French | Spanish

07 Sep 2012 | International news release

Grouper peeking through a sea fan coral

Crunch time for Caribbean corals

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 September 2012 (IUCN) – Time is running out for corals on Caribbean reefs. Urgent measures must be taken to limit pollution and regulate aggressive fishing practices that threaten the existence of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems, according to a new IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) report. …   | French | Spanish

07 Sep 2012 | International news release
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Tortoise beetle

Spineless creatures that rule the world

One-fifth of the world’s invertebrates may be threatened with extinction according to ‘Spineless,’ a report published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in conjunction with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the IUCN Species Survival Commission.   …  

31 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Jeju, Republic of Korea

IUCN responds to latest Jeju Naval base campaign

A third open letter was received recently from the Emergency Action Committee to Save Jeju Island. …  

29 Aug 2012 | IUCN statement

Jeju Seongsan Illchubong

Put nature first -- IUCN World Conservation Congress

And we’re off! Beginning on 6 September, IUCN kicks off its World Conservation Congress—the birthplace of ground-breaking environmental conventions, scientific discoveries and global initiatives. The focus of Congress is to bring together different parts of society and constructively discuss environmental issues and solutions. From global environmental challenges to local Korean debates, join IUCN at Congress to hear new insight and key agreements on how to manage our natural environment. …  

27 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Brotia armata, a species  from central Thailand

Freshwater species in Indo-Burma region under threat

An assessment of 2,515 described freshwater species in the Indo-Burma region by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners has revealed that 13% of these species are threatened with extinction. The report comes at a time when large scale hydrological development is underway, or is proposed, throughout this region which is known for its exceptionally high diversity of freshwater species. …  

22 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Jeju, Republic of Korea

Nature’s Olympics - IUCN World Conservation Congress: Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September, 2012

A number of concerned groups and individuals have recently called on IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) to postpone or cancel its Congress and to express disapproval on several environmental issues in Korea, including construction of a naval base on Jeju Island, scientific whaling and the Four Rivers restoration project. IUCN is committed to ensuring that Congress provides a platform for open and constructive dialogue on these issues and is working with the Korean Organizing Committee to engage with all groups and address their concerns at the meeting in Jeju. …   | French | Spanish

02 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Bleeker's Parrotfish (Chlorurus bleekeri)

Latest IUCN Red List assessment finds parrotfish and surgeonfish facing heightened risk of localized extinction

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ found that 86% of the populations of parrotfish and surgeonfish face a low risk of extinction globally, but they do face a heightened risk of extinction regionally—especially in areas like the Coral Triangle. These results were published this week in the journal PLoS ONE. …  

18 Jul 2012 | Media advisory