Species

State of the Worlds Birds

Birds indicate a planet in peril, but investing in conservation makes economic sense

Declines in birds across the globe are providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on earth – including people. However, birds also tell us that saving the planet comes at a relatively small price – an investment that’s vital to secure our own future. …  

28 Jun 2013 | News story

Indian rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Using Red List Data for Transboundary Water Resource Management

Gathering and analyzing data is no small job: getting information into a position where it can be used – especially by those outside your immediate discipline, peer group, and sector – is a big step in mobilizing knowledge products across these boundaries. …  

11 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

11A-18-03, RSPB, SOS, Devki Nanda

Ananya Mukherjee explains Vulture Safe Zones

A lot done, a lot more to do. That could be the Facebook status update for Ananya Mukherjee as she works to establish Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs) to help protect India’s remaining vulture populations. 

04 Jun 2013 | News story

Trachemys scripta elegans

Conference: Invasive Alien Species: the Urban Dimension

The IUCN European Union Representative Office and the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group are organizing a conference to discuss the challenges related to invasive alien species in Europe’s urban areas. The event is to take place at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland on 5 September 2013.   …  

04 Jun 2013 | News story
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Jon Paul Rodríguez (center) receives the XVI Premio Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury

IUCN expert receives prestigious award

Jon Paul Rodríguez, Deputy Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), has been presented with Venezuela’s most prestigious science award, the XVI Premio Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury. …  

04 Jun 2013 | News story

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Webinar: Managing invasive alien species at the local level

Invasive alien species are a pervasive force in cities around the world, an endless headache for biodiversity managers on the ground and cost billions of Euros worth of damage each year. These problem species wreak havoc with ecosystems and are one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide, with their effects only expected to worsen with predicted climate change.  …  

28 May 2013 | News story
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Gyps fulvus, Critically Endangered

What species are most threatened in Italy?

The Italian Committee of IUCN has released a new assessment of Italy’s animal and plant species. On International Biodiversity Day, 22 May, the Committee has organized an event to launch the results of the two national Red List produced.   …  

22 May 2013 | News story
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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

Dr Simon Stuart presents Sir David Attenborough with the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

Conservation royalty awarded IUCN’s highest award

Distinguished conservationist, Sir David Attenborough, received the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal earlier this week at a special presentation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. …  

15 May 2013 | 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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