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Giant Guitarfish

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). …   | Dutch

21 Jan 2014 | News story

Items seized by UK Border Force in 2012

European Parliament takes important step to combat Wildlife Crime

An important motion for a Resolution on Wildlife Crime was approved by the European Parliament on 15 January, with 647 positive votes, 14 against and no abstentions. The Resolution calls for measures against wildlife crime, placing it on the same level as human trafficking and drug trafficking. IUCN welcomes the Resolution and is ready to provide scientific support and engage with related European Institutions,but also calls for inclusion of the crucial role of local communities and sustainable use for effective conservation. …  

20 Jan 2014 | News story
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General and Roland Siller, Member of the KfW Management Committee, Director for Europe and Asia sign the agreement on tiger conservation

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat. The agreement was signed today at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. …   | German

14 Jan 2014 | News story

Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story

Natura 2000 Award

European Natura 2000 Award

The European Commission is launching a new Award designed to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The European Natura 2000 Award aims at bringing the success of the network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting biodiversity across Europe.   …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story
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Polar Bears

Plight of the Polar Bear gets high-level attention

The range states of the Polar Bear – Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States – today signed a landmark declaration that will strengthen measures to conserve this iconic animal which is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

05 Dec 2013 | News story

Tagging of Mashkullora, Egyptian Vulture

Save the Egyptian Vulture on the Balkans

A symbol of fertility and maternal protection in Egyptian mythology, the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is the smallest of the four species of European vultures. It is characterized by the crest of white, pointed feathers and white and wedge-shaped tail. Its population is rapidly decreasing today, and PPNEA, an IUCN member, is one of the organizations striving to save this species from extinction in Albania and the region. …  

05 Dec 2013 | News story
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12A_37_12, Eleanor Briggs, White-shouldered Ibis nest protector, Tmatboey village, WCS, SOS SAve OUr Species

Successes in the field: The Bird’s Nest Protection Programme pays dividends

SOS grantee Simon Mahood reports from the field as he works to protect some of Cambodia’s most threatened bird species. In a recent update Simon explained “We’re half way through the Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) 2013 breeding season in the northern plains of Cambodia and this season the total number of Giant Ibis nests protected since 2003 reached 250!   …  

04 Dec 2013 | News story

Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Urgent deal reached for African Elephants

Key states along the illegal ivory value chain have committed to urgent measures to halt the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | Dutch

03 Dec 2013 | News story

The Coypu, originally from South America, is now established in large parts of Europe causing great damages.

IUCN gathers EU Member States to support consensus on forthcoming invasives legislation

IUCN European Union Representative Office has recently organized a gathering with representatives from EU Member States to present the latest scientific knowledge on invasive alien species offering a platform for informal exchange in view of the upcoming Council discussions on the EU legislative proposal.   …  

02 Dec 2013 | 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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