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The American red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a freshwater turtle usually sold as a pet, and now introduced in several European countries where it represents an ecological threat for the indigenous fauna and flora.

European Parliament adopts legislation to tackle invasive alien species at EU level

The European Parliament today adopted legislative plans to prevent the introduction and manage the spread in the EU of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage. The legislation aims to tackle the threat through better, more coordinated action by member states, and provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”. …  

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

Director Virunga National Park shot

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, was shot on Tuesday in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. He is in serious but stable condition. No further details are available on the attack at the present time. …   | Dutch

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Left to Right: Teina Etches (National Council of Women), Maria Henderson  (Parekura (president) of Kouto Nui), and Ana Tiraa (Climate Change Office, IUCN Councillor)

Progress for Cook Islands Marine Park

In its strides to establish the Cook Islands Marine Park, or the Marae Moana, key stakeholders met last month to discuss findings of a legal analysis facilitated by IUCN Oceania. …  

15 Apr 2014 | News story

Grasberg mine (before 2000) adjacent to Lorentz National Park, World Heritage site in Indonesia

Financial giant HSBC commits to further protecting World Heritage sites

HSBC has issued a new policy on World Heritage sites and Ramsar Wetlands, strengthening its commitment not to provide financial support to projects that can threaten these exceptional areas. …  

14 Apr 2014 | News story

Refugees working in Werribee

Working beyond the boundaries

Parks Victoria in Australia is running a successful partnership programme that is helping refugees gain employment and language skills while connecting with their local park, to the benefit of both the people and the park. The programme includes a thriving community garden project, complete with a horticultural educational facility. …  

14 Apr 2014 | News story

Asian rhinos

IUCN calls for strengthening international cooperation to tackle wildlife crime

Wildlife crime, including poaching, illegal harvesting and other illegal cross-border trade in biological resources taken from the wild, has reached worrying levels and become a serious transnationally organised criminal business, now representing the fourth largest illegal activity in the world after drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking. This can have potentially disastrous implications for the conservation of the trafficked species. …  

11 Apr 2014 | News story

Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea

Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

On 2 April 2014, IPBES issued the second call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN's network, especially in the light of the Resolutions from the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on IPBES itself, and on IUCN’s role in the Platform. …  

11 Apr 2014 | News story

Participants at the 3rd Project Steering Committee in Barcelona

Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism website launched in Barcelona

The eight partners of the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project gathered at the premises of the Directorate-General for Natural Environment and Biodiversity from the regional Government of Catalonia in Barcelona for two days, 10-11 April 2014, to assess the state of implementation of the activities and decide the next steps to move the project forward. …  

11 Apr 2014 | News story

Expert Panel Visit to Holcim site in Costa Rica

Helping business understand biodiversity management

Today the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a new guide that aims to expand business understanding and use of biodiversity information to help manage their environmental impact. …  

10 Apr 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, West African Manatee, Lucy Diagne

Manatee hunters turned fish-keepers

The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is the least studied mammal in Africa despite having a range larger than the United States: encompassing 21 African countries. At the same time, it faces serious threats from hunting and accidental capture in fishing nets. …  

07 Apr 2014 | News story

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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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