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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV

The Environmental Law Centre represented IUCN in the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7 – 11 September, 2015. The Montevideo Programme IV was adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009 as a strategy for the international law community and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa

Launch of IUCN Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Modules

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world. …  

18 Sep 2015 | News story

HE Mohammed Al Bowardi receiving the award from Dr Simon Stuart

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi receives Sir Peter Scott Conservation Award

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), was awarded the 2015 Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  

16 Sep 2015 | News story

Marilize van der Walt, South African Wildlife College, presenting her findings at the BIOPAMA training of trainers programme on negotiation skills, February 2015

South African Wildlife College-BIOPAMA collaboration benefits protected area and conservation staff

The South African Wildlife College (SAWC) is a unique and dynamic college that is synonymous with conservation education, training and skills development. The college targets protected area practitioners of all kinds to ensure that they are well equipped for the ever changing challenges in this field. Acknowledging the link between protected areas and natural resource management, the college takes a holistic approach which considers community relations, conflict resolution, project planning, and financial control. Following training offered by BIOPAMA in Eastern and Southern Africa, the College is adding negotiation skills training into their capacity development offer. …   | French

16 Sep 2015 | News story

Jeune lémurien à crinière (maki vari) noir et blanc (Varecia variegata editorum)

Sauvons nos espèces lance Sauvons nos lémuriens - une initiative spéciale de SOS

En juillet 2015, SOS – Sauvons nos espèces a lancé son quatrième appel à propositions (CFP), consacré cette fois à la protection des lémuriens de Madagascar. Les projets retenus pour cet appel à propositions seront les premiers bénéficiaires de l’initiative spéciale Sauvons nos lémuriens.   …  

16 Sep 2015 | News story

The 2015 SSC Leaders' Meeting brings together over 300 conservation experts

Over 300 conservation experts meet to tackle extinction crisis

The third IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting kicked off today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This meeting brings together over 300 conservationists with diverse expertise to address how global conservation efforts can be improved to halt the alarming rate of biodiversity loss. …  

15 Sep 2015 | News story

13A-066-011, RSCF, SOS - Save Our Species, Mecistops_cataphractus, Female Breeder, AbidjanNationalZoo, MattShirley

More Slender-snouted Crocodiles thanks to improved captive-breeding in Abidjan National Zoo

“Now, at the beginning of our third breeding season here at the Abidjan National Zoo we’re incubating 110 eggs – that’s almost 50% more than 2014!” says Dr. Matt Shirley. Project coordinator with SOS Grantee Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF), Matt explains the higher figures are most certainly a result of better daily care resulting in reduced stress, and an improved food supply for these Critically Endangered crocodiles. The role of training and the dedication of a team of Zoo personnel and volunteers cannot be underestimated in the project’s progress so far.   …  

11 Sep 2015 | News story

Participants to the training in their first field visit to the Coral Harbour area in New Providence, the Bahamas

Protected area data management trainings announced for the Caribbean

The Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme is announcing a series of technical workshops in the Caribbean aimed at equipping protected areas management professionals with the tools and skills to contribute in a meaningful way to the database of The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (The Caribbean Gateway). …   | French

09 Sep 2015 | 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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