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IUCN celebrates International Year of Biodiversity

Join us in celebrating the start of 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity, declared by the United Nations. For the next 12 months we will be celebrating biological diversity – the variety of life on earth – and boosting awareness of how important it is for our lives. Most people appreciate the beauty of the natural world, but awareness of biodiversity, how seriously it is threatened, and the implications for human wellbeing, is alarmingly low. …  

01 Jan 2010 | News story
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Bilimbi, a wild fruit on a farm tree. Though the fruit is very acid it makes a very good beverage.

IUCN's Director General on the International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. It's an opportunity to find real solutions to safeguard the natural environment which mankind depends upon. IUCN is playing a key role in pushing for immediate action to protect species, ecosystems and natural resources before it's too late. IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, says that, coming straight after Copenhagen, the International Year of Biodiversity is very significant. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video

Clownfish

Ten species destined to be hardest hit by climate change

The Arctic Fox, Leatherback Turtle and Koala are among the species destined to be hardest hit by climate change, according to a new IUCN review.
The report, Species and Climate Change, focuses on 10 species, including the Beluga Whale, Clownfish, Emperor Penguin, Quiver Tree, Ringed Seal, salmon and staghorn corals, which all highlight the way climate change is adversely affecting marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats.
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01 Jan 2010 | Video

Jacques-Olivier Travers and his bald eagle Sherkan

Unclipping the wings of birds of prey by teaching them how to fly

Birds of prey which have always been held in captivity often don’t have the opportunity or skills to spread their wings and take to the skies. Jacques-Olivier Travers, from the bird of prey centre in Les Aigles du Leman in Haute Savoie in France, has become famous for teaching birds at the centre to fly and regain their freedom. Here you can see him fly over the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps on a paraglider with one of his protégés, Sherkan, a 15 year-old bald eagle, showing the bond of man and beast can conquer the greatest of challenges. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video

The severely polluted Zarqa river in Jordan

Minister of Environment explores the environmental situation in Zarqa River

The severely polluted stream of Zarqa River in Jordan is suffering from serious environmental degradation and without an urgent policy-level intervention, the future of the river will remain dark. In an effort to further elevate this issue to the policy level, the newly appointed Jordanian Minister of Environment Eng. Hazem Malhas carried out an exploration mission to Zarqa governorate to closely look at the environmental challenges encountering the river. …  

31 Dec 2009 | News story

Scorpaena notata on Mediterranean coralligenous assemblage (c) Andrea Molinari

Intelligent decisions

If we make the right decisions now about how to adapt to climate change, we can restore and even enhance biodiversity, says Robert Watson. …   | French | Spanish

31 Dec 2009 | News story
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Jordanian journalists

IUCN promotes investigative environmental reporting for journalists

In an effort to harness the vital role of press and media institutions in raising the consciousness towards environmental stewardship and sustainable development, a group of Jordanian journalists were engaged in an interactive 3-day training workshop entitled Media for Sustainable Development. …  

30 Dec 2009 | News story
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EPLP No. 58rev Gobernanza de aguas compartidas revised

Gobernanza de Aguas Compartidas: Aspectos Jurídicos e Institucionales

EPLP No. 58 rev
Grethel Aguilar, Alejandro Iza, 2009 La Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza se complace en presentar la versión revisada de su publicación Gobernanza de las Aguas Compartidas: Aspectos Jurídicos e Institucionales; producto del trabajo conjunto del Centro de Derecho Ambiental y la Oficina Regional para Mesoamérica (ORMA).
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23 Dec 2009 | News story
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Agriculture area beside Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda - a Livelihoods & Landscapes site

IUCN Director General speaks of her hopes for the International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. It's an opportunity to find real solutions to safeguard the natural environment which mankind depends upon. IUCN is playing a key role in pushing for immediate action to protect species, ecosystems and natural resources before it's too late. IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, says that, coming straight after Copenhagen, the International Year of Biodiversity is very significant. …  

23 Dec 2009 | Video

Philippine crocodile being released into Dicatian Lake

Local pride offers a boost to endangered crocodile

One of the world’s most threatened reptiles has been given a ray of hope in the form of a community programme to reintroduce captive-bred individuals back into the wild. …  

22 Dec 2009 | News story

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