News releases

Mountains of Virgin Komi, Russia

No ‘danger listing’ for four natural World Heritage sites - against IUCN advice

St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 29 June 2012 (IUCN) – None of the four natural World Heritage sites that IUCN recommended for inclusion on the Danger List have been added, in what is seen by IUCN experts as a blow for conservation. …  

29 Jun 2012 | International news release

Eléphants et bongos dans le Bail de Dzanga Sangha

One in ten natural World Heritage Sites in Danger

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s annual meeting, which starts in St Petersburg on Sunday, will see a total of 36 new sites considered for inscription as natural and cultural sites, and a series of monitoring reports on the sites already listed. But if IUCN’s recommendations to add four World Heritage sites to the Danger List are accepted, 21 out of the 211 –one in ten- natural World Heritage Sites will be officially “in danger.” …   | French | Russian

23 Jun 2012 | Media advisory

Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

20 years on, civil society leads in Rio

Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future. …  

22 Jun 2012 | International news release

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Rio+20: invest in nature, says IUCN

Policy-makers must rethink economic growth, promote social equity and ensure environmental protection, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Among the key issues are the green economy and an institutional framework in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.  | French | Spanish | Portuguese

20 Jun 2012 | Media statement

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

Securing the web of life

The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world’s animal, plant and fungi species. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, released today on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shows that of the 63,837 species assessed, 19,817 are threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 33% of reef building corals, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds, and 30% of conifers. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

19 Jun 2012 | International news release

Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, USA

Australia to host IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014

A landmark global forum on parks and protected areas is to be hosted in Australia in November 2014. The IUCN World Parks Congress takes place only once every ten years, and is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management. .   

19 Jun 2012 | International news release

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USA and others to restore more than 18 million hectares of forest lands

USA forest service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host of other benefits, according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

18 Jun 2012 | International news release

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Bianca Jagger, IUCN and Airbus launch campaign supporting world’s largest forest land restoration initiative

Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Airbus launched today “Plant a Pledge” – an online campaign to mobilise public support for the largest restoration initiative in history. …  

11 Jun 2012 | International news release

The Sangha Trinational is recommended to be added on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

IUCN recommends four natural wonders to become World Heritage Sites

Outstanding natural and cultural areas to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the World Heritage Committee meeting in St Petersburg, Russian Federation from 24 June until 6 July 2012. A total of 36 cultural and natural sites will be considered for inscription this year. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.  | French | Russian

11 Jun 2012 | Media advisory

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

2012 marks the start of The International Year of the Rhino

Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare 5 June 2012 as the start of the International Year of the Rhino. President Yudhoyono took this step at the request of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and other conservation organisations, because the future survival of both the Javan and Sumatran Rhinos depends on effective conservation action in Indonesia. …  

05 Jun 2012 | Media advisory