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SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis

The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species conservation fund by 2015. …   | French | Spanish

28 Oct 2010 | International news release

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Nature’s backbone at risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, in Nagoya, Japan. …   | French | Spanish

27 Oct 2010 | International news release

Invasive cheatgrass can displace native shrublands decreasing carbon storage and increasing fire risks

Invasive species and climate change form a ‘deadly duo’, warn top scientists

Two of the greatest threats to the natural world - invasive species and climate change – when combined, not only have devastating impacts on the environment but can also cost countries ten per cent of their Gross Domestic Product. In a report, released this week in Nagoya, Japan, scientists are urging countries to take immediate action against the ‘deadly duo’. …   | French | Spanish

22 Oct 2010 | International news release

Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang

Worth saving, invest in nature - IUCN

The central economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, the head of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) said today. …   | Spanish

20 Oct 2010 | News story

www.countdown2010.net

Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis. …   | French | Spanish

20 Oct 2010 | International news release

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Protect Planet Ocean Now

With only one per cent of the world’s oceans under protection, countries are far behind the 10 per cent target promised for 2010. A greater political will and a change in the way we manage our marine capital are needed now to preserve the Earth’s oceans for generations to come. …   | French | Spanish

19 Oct 2010 | International news release

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Protect nature – and let it protect us!

Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for conserving biodiversity and offer natural solutions to some of today’s major challenges: water quality and shortages, climate change, natural disasters, health and sustainable livelihoods. But will those taking part in the meeting in Nagoya recognize their value and the urgent need to increase most needed investments in them? …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

A Blue-and-yellow-macaw in the Bird Park of Iguaçu, Brazil

Last chance talks for life on earth?

Background: Talks to halt the spiralling loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the existence of all life on earth, will take place in Nagoya, Japan from 18 to 29 October. Thousands of decision makers will meet to discuss a “big plan” for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity. On the table at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10), are 20 targets designed to tackle the extinction crisis and restore the earth’s natural capital. …   | French | Spanish

07 Oct 2010 | Media advisory

Divers admire groupers and sharks in a Caribbean Marine Protected Area

Cash now, save life tomorrow, says IUCN

As world leaders gather in New York for tomorrow’s first ever United Nations high level event on the extinction crisis, ahead of the UN General Assembly, IUCN urges governments to put up the cash that will allow the ever increasing rate of species extinction to be slowed and eventually reversed. …  

21 Sep 2010 | International news release

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals

Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders and development experts at the 2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, to be held this week at the UN Headquarters in New York. …  

20 Sep 2010 | International news release