South America

Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

Sea turtle conservation in French Guiana

Located within the unique Amazon ecosystems of French Guiana is Awala-Yalimapo beach, the most important nesting site for endangered Leatherback turtles and an essential habitat for Green and Olive Ridley turtles. An evaluation of the recovery plan for these turtles has recently been conducted to assess its effectiveness and to account for the progress that has been made since its implementation over the last five years. …  

16 Jul 2012 | News story
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The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Tourism'.

IUCN welcomes outcomes of Ramsar CoP11

Following the closing of the recent Ramsar CoP, held in Bucharest from 6-13 July, IUCN welcomes the conference outcomes and is confident decisions made will further strengthen the Convention’s mission to conserve wetlands and promote wise use. …  

15 Jul 2012 | News story

Nominees for Honorary membership of IUCN

Honouring champions of conservation

A Danish lawyer, the Botswana Head of State and an American primatologist: what’s the link? …   | French | Spanish

09 Jul 2012 | News story

COP11, Bucarest 2012.

Power of partnerships needed for world's wetlands

At the opening of the 11th Conference of the Contracting Parties (CoP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre called on governments to support strong partnerships as key to moving from aspiration to implementation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. …  

06 Jul 2012 | News story

Palau - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

World Heritage - a future at risk?

St. Petersburg, Russia, 6 July, 2012 (IUCN) – As the number of natural wonders on the World Heritage List continues to grow, too many sites are left with little resources to manage them properly and conserve the very values they were inscribed for, say IUCN experts. Many face a barrage of threats, not least from mining and oil exploration. …   | Chinese

06 Jul 2012 | News story
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Pesca artesanal en los manglares. Chiapas, Mexico

Especialistas dialogan sobre el Carbono Azul

El Ministerio del Ambiente del Ecuador, la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) y Conservación Internacional Ecuador (CI-Ecuador) preparan la reunión del Grupo de Trabajo en Políticas de la Iniciativa Carbono Azul, que se llevará a cabo del 10 al 12 de julio en el Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil, Ecuador. …  

05 Jul 2012 | News story

Congress participants during the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Last few hours for discounts on Congress fees

2012 is a busy year for environmental decision-making, with many large-scale conventions taking place. But the IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique event with a unique audience. It is the only global summit that represents every aspect of conservation, bringing together leaders of all levels – from governments and international NGOs to academia and local charities. …   | French | Spanish

05 Jul 2012 | News story

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

Six natural wonders declared World Heritage Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 July, 2012 (IUCN) – Sangha Trinational - shared between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo; Lakes of Ounianga in Chad and Chengjiang fossil site in China have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Lena Pillars Nature Park in Russia and Western Ghats in India were also added to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee, a 21-nation panel. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

Peppermint shrimp inside a branching vase sponge

Reconnecting science to policy in Europe and beyond

“Scientific research is an essential foundation for the implementation of any policy in favour of biodiversity. We need to improve data on biodiversity and its dissemination between the scientific community, policymakers and civil society both at the EU and global levels,” urged Mr Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) during the recent briefing session on IPBES, the new global science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The briefing report is now available. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

Solitario George, PNG. Ecuador.

El mundo pierde al Solitario George

La Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos informó sobre la muerte del Solitario George en su corral, ubicado en el Centro de Crianza de Tortugas Terrestres Gigantes, en Puerto Ayora, isla Santa Cruz.
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25 Jun 2012 | News story
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