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Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae)

Extinct snail re-discovered in Seychelles

A field expedition on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, has resulted in the re-discovery of the Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), which was declared extinct in 2007. This snail was locally abundant in the 1970s but its numbers fell rapidly, likely due to the increasing frequency of dry years on Aldabra as a result of climate change. The last time a living individual of the species was recorded was in 1997. …  

05 Sep 2014 | News story

Ministers signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at the UN 3rd International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa

Samoa leads five Pacific Island nations in signing up to the Pacific Mangroves Charter

Environment Ministers of five Pacific Island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu – have committed to increase efforts to conserve mangroves, by signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at a side event of the 3rd United Nations International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). …  

04 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-066-003B, Mecistops, Central Africa, new species, JohnThorbjarnarson, SOS, RSCF,

West Africa’s Crocodile Conservationists in Training

Digbé, Zoh, Monet, and Irie awoke one February morning not realizing their professional lives were about to change forever. They were the crocodile keepers at the Abidjan National Zoo (ZNA) but from that day they were transformed into crocodile conservationists thanks to SOS grantee Dr. Matt Shirley, team leader with Project Mecistops.   …  

03 Sep 2014 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at World Water Week 2014

Water and energy – life partners

World Water Week — the annual event focusing on water-related challenges — is underway in Stockholm, Sweden. IUCN is calling for increased cooperation between the water and energy sectors which is critical for sustainable development. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

Sub-adult male White-faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia)

Study describes five new species of Amazonian Saki Monkey

A major taxonomic revision of the saki monkeys (genus Pithecia) has revealed the existence of five new saki species. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

Participants at the BIOPAMA workshop - Enhancing capacity for stakeholders engagement for protected areas (19-21 August 2014, South Africa)

Building capacity for multi-stakeholder engagement around protected areas

How well do training programmes prepare conservation staff for the growing threats to protected areas in Eastern and Southern Africa? Are they equipped with the skills to engage other stakeholders and make the case for conservation in such a way that the biodiversity and the people of the region both win?  …  

25 Aug 2014 | News story

Kai sold at local market

Improving food safety and livelihoods of rural communities: Fiji’s kai fishery

A project to address food security issues in Fiji’s kai fishery will improve livelihoods of rural communities and help empower women, a workshop initiating the project heard this week. …  

22 Aug 2014 | News story

Fijian bicycle rider relaxing

‘Completing the cycle’ in Fiji: Improving the health of humans and the planet

The LifeCycle initiative hit the road this week, as a multi-sector stakeholder meeting was held to help encourage the uptake of cycling in Fiji as a healthy and climate-friendly form of personal transport. …  

21 Aug 2014 | News story

Participantes taller nacional Colombia, proyecto Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, 2014.

Cuarto taller nacional sobre Gestión de Áreas Protegidas de la Amazonía, en Colombia

Liderado por la UICN, el 14 y 15 de agosto pasados representantes de organizaciones involucradas en la gestión de las áreas protegidas amazónicas de Colombia se reunieron en el marco del Proyecto “Amazonía más allá de las fronteras, lecciones aprendidas en áreas protegidas”. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

Beqa Island, Fiji.

BIOPAMA: Developing capacity across the regions and on to Sydney

Capacity development for protected areas management is universally accepted as a top priority. And in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, many protected areas do not achieve their objectives of conserving key species, ecosystems and services, due to limited human and institutional capacity; particularly to access and use information to improve decision making. BIOPAMA (the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme) is responding to this challenge by developing capacity for protected area management through work at the regional level, and through wider collaboration with a range of global actors and local actors to develop and share best practices. Some of these will be showcased at the protected areas event of the decade: the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. …  

19 Aug 2014 | News story

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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