Species

GMSA Workshop participants in Koror, Palau.

GMSA Workshops on marine fishes held in Oceania

The Global Marine Species Assessment, a joint collaboration between IUCN’s Species Programme and Conservation International, is working to assess individual marine species for inclusion and publication on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

09 Feb 2011 | News story

Pygmy Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?

Celebrations begin on Thursday 3 February 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit. However, as we enter this new cycle in the Chinese zodiac, conservationists are warning that, in spite of their reputation as prolific breeders, nearly one in four rabbits, hares and pikas - from the order known as lagomorphs - are classified as Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

03 Feb 2011 | News story

Right to left: HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden Initiative, HE Nasser Shraideh Minister of Environment in Jordan and HE Dr. Saleh Wreikat, Member of the Parliament

Training of Trainers on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in West Asia

The West Asia region is known for its rich biodiversity and wide range of fauna and flora, but like any other region, its biodiversity is seriously threatened. Due to increasing threats to species, there is an urgent need to build capacity in the West Asia for assessing the status of threatened fauna and flora, and thus the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) are organizing a joint regional workshop to train experts in West Asia on the use of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

17 Jan 2011 | News story
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The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

IUCN welcomes ‘Forests 2011’ - International Year of Forests

The world’s forests are essential to life in all its diversity and to attaining humanity’s biggest goals such as reducing poverty, curbing climate change and achieving sustainable development. Throughout 2011 IUCN will work towards making sure that forests deliver their maximum potential for human well-being and biodiversity conservation. …   | Spanish

03 Jan 2011 | News story

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

UN green light for science-policy platform on biodiversity

IUCN welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly yesterday to establish a new international body designed to boost the global response to the loss of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. …  

22 Dec 2010 | News story

Chocó harlequin toad

Protection for new toad species discovered in Colombia

A new species of harlequin toad has been found in Chocó, Colombia during a field project supported by the SOS-Save our Species initiative in which IUCN is a partner. …  

21 Dec 2010 | News story

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) on Ascension Island

Experts unveil new framework for improved conservation of marine turtles

Effective conservation often comes down to a matter of scale and strategy. For threatened species that range across the globe, often the biggest challenge to conservation is knowing how to prioritize limited resources to the areas that need them most. In an article published today in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, the world’s leading marine turtle experts have developed a new framework to address this challenge for highly migratory—and highly threatened—marine turtles. …  

20 Dec 2010 | News story

Bois Amer (Carissa spinarum) - A Critically Endangered plant from La Réunion

The Flora of Réunion Island at Risk: one in three species are threatened with extinction

After an initial set of chapters dedicated to the fauna of Réunion Island, the national Red List of Threatened Species in France has been expanded to include the flora of the island. …  

17 Dec 2010 | News story

White stork nesting

Buying land to save the species of Spain

Some of Spain’s flagship species such as the Iberian lynx and brown bear are benefiting from the work of IUCN Member organization Fundació Caixa Catalunya. …  

15 Dec 2010 | News story

One of the dams that has been removed on the Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan to help ease the passage of salmon

Securing a safe passage for salmon

IUCN experts are advising the Japanese on the removal of a series of dams that have hampered wild salmon migration in the Shiretoko World Heritage Site. …  

14 Dec 2010 | 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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