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Arabian Oryx, Qatar

Saving species by translocation – new IUCN Guidelines

A new publication by IUCN has set a precedent for deliberately moving plants and animals for conservation purposes around the world. Based on 30 years of experience and pioneering reintroductions such as the Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Oman, the Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil and the Red Wolf (Canis rufus) in the USA, and many other plants and animals subsequently, this publication is an essential guide to the contentious but increasingly necessary action of translocating species. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

As the world’s biodiversity faces the incessant threats of habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, there is an increasing need to consider more direct conservation interventions. Humans have moved organisms between sites for their own purposes for millennia, and this has yielded benefits for human kind, but in some cases has led to disastrous impacts. In response to this complex aspect of conservation management, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Seasonal Harvest

Planning the first IPBES harvest

How could 100+ IPBES State Members effectively participate in the forthcoming Platform’s activities 2014-2018? IUCN recommends improving the current plan with priority given to capacity-building activities, setting up science-policy dialogues at national level, specifying burning conservation issues to tackle and harnessing the work of IUCN to the greatest extent. …  

06 Aug 2013 | News story

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates World Ranger Day, as Prince William salutes park rangers’ “brave and tireless work”

Today, we celebrate the outstanding efforts of park rangers around the globe on the occasion of World Ranger Day. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, nature’s most inspiring places stand a chance in the face of menacing threats, such as illegal poaching or forest clearing. …  

31 Jul 2013 | News story

Stockholm World Water Week 2013

Countdown to Stockholm World Water Week

With a month to go before 'World Water Week' takes place in Stockholm from 1-6 September, IUCN Water gears up for a busy agenda of seminars and events at the annual water conference. …  

30 Jul 2013 | News story

The Republic of Korea becomes a Framework Partner of IUCN

The Republic of Korea and IUCN partner to boost biodiversity conservation

Today, Mr Baek Gyuseok, Deputy Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), signed a four-year Framework Partnership at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story

IUCN 2012 Congress  - Forum

Keeping the spirit of the 2012 Congress alive

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of the IUCN Conservation Trends Platform, which illustrates trends for conservation based on analysis undertaken during the Forum of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on a selection of workshops under each Congress theme. A Trend Report has been produced for each day, identifying the main conservation messages coming out of the collective work. …   | French | Spanish

01 Jul 2013 | News story

Jeju wild flowers- January 2012

IUCN celebrates key achievement of the 2012 World Conservation Congress

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Republic of Korea, together with IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre unveiled the Jeju Declaration commemorative plaque at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland last Friday, emphasizing their commitment to continued cooperation with IUCN following the successful 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. …  

17 Jun 2013 | News story

A timber lorry in Kongo village, Cameroon

IUCN signs new partnership for better forests

IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux ( ATIBT) – a key player in the tropical timber industry specialized in sustainable forestry, local processing of timber and forest certification schemes. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Stefano Barchiesi

Blog: In search of resilience

By Stefano Barchiesi. My first contact with the SEARCH project was in Morocco in 2011. Recently I went back to Marrakesh, this time well acquainted with the SEARCH project’s multi-country team of committed water and community engagement professionals. It hadn't been my first contact with resilience, though.
 

02 May 2013 | News story

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