Launch of the Atlas of Biodiversity in the Francophonie

11 October 2010 | News story

For the first time ever, a comprehensive analysis of the state of biodiversity in 67 countries has been prepared and published by IUCN and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) as a tribute to the International Year of Biodiversity.

Present on the 5 continents and all oceans, the Francophonie network encompasses 29 million km2 on land and 25 million km2 at sea. It hosts numerous emblematic species, such as Polar bears, gorillas, okapis, lemurs, giant turtles and tortoises, European bisons and American wapitis. The Francophonie has a direct responsibility for almost one third of the world’s wetlands, coral reefs and lagoons, and for most tropical forests in Africa and large chunks in Asia and South America.

The Atlas of Biodiversity in the Francophonie will be officially launched on 23rd October 2010, during the Francophone Summit to be held in Montreux (Switzerland) and on 27th October at the COP 10 of the CBD in Nagoya (Japan).

The publication was presented to IUCN European Union Representative Office’s (EURO) staff on 7th October during a lunch party organized by the editorial team.

More information can be obtained from:

Laura Baroni
laura.baroni@iucn.org

Jean-Claude Jacques
jean-claude.jacques@iucn.org