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Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon), Eifel, Germany

European butterflies under threat of extinction

According to the recent report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), European grassland butterflies have declined dramatically by almost 50% over two decades. This study highlights an alarming trend for butterflies and complements the assessment by the European Red List of Butterflies conducted by IUCN. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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The Great Nature Project

Nature is getting ready for its close-up!

IUCN Member, the National Geographic Society, is urging everyone to go outside to explore nature, whether in their own backyard, a local park or anywhere that nature thrives. …   | French | Spanish

13 Jun 2013 | News story

Giant Salvinia covering a farm pond

Giant aquatic fern added to the IUCN Invasive Species list

The Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), an aquatic fern has been added to the list of 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. Compiled by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Invasive Species Specialist Group, (ISSG) the list aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to help prevent further invasions. …  

10 Jun 2013 | News story

Seasonal Harvest

Celebrate World Environment Day - secure nature’s food supply

To mark the food theme of this year’s World Environment Day: ‘Think. Eat. Save’ IUCN urges policy makers to pay greater attention to the role that nature plays in boosting global food security. …  

05 Jun 2013 | News story

Bilimbi, a wild fruit on a farm tree. Though the fruit is very acid it makes a very good beverage.

Even farm biodiversity is declining as accelerating species loss threatens humanity

The accelerating disappearance of Earth’s species of both wild and domesticated plants and animals constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and even the survival of humankind, warns the founding Chair of IPBES, a new global organization created to narrow the gulf between leading international biodiversity scientists and national policy-makers. …  

31 May 2013 | News story

Nature plays a critical role in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet.

Biodiversity and water: two of a kind

Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. Its theme, Water and Biodiversity, coincides with the designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation and highlights the indispensible role of nature in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet. …  

22 May 2013 | News story

Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania

Coming soon: Guidelines to engage contributors and users in IPBES

Engaging the most relevant experts in the IPBES work is one of the greatest challenges that this new platform is facing. Following the invitation from the IPBES State Members, IUCN and the International Council for Science (ICSU) are proposing a strategy to ensure appropriate stakeholder involvement in line with the IPBES purposes and principles. …  

21 May 2013 | News story

Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás". Santa Fe, Argentina.

New book shows the power of ecosystems to protect us

Healthy and well-managed ecosystems reduce the risk of disasters and strengthen our ability to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new book launched by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR). …  

21 May 2013 | News story

Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

From risk to opportunity: reducing the risk of disasters the natural way

Healthy ecosystems and sound environmental management can go a long way in protecting people from disasters. But this fact is not yet widely appreciated among the many parties responsible for reducing the risk of disasters and responding to them once they happen. …  

19 May 2013 | News story

Wave

Towards the “Blue Society”

Since the start of the industrial revolution, human activities have significantly altered the very balance of our planet and the lives we all live. These activities have heavily affected marine ecosystems and the way we use our seas and oceans. IUCN has joined forced with a group of organizations in the Sea For Society project.  …  

17 May 2013 | News story
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