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  • Mount Tucuche tree frog (Flectonotus fitzgeraldi) Photo: Mount Tucuche tree frog (Flectonotus fitzgeraldi). Located at Paraguaná Peninsula, Venezuela. Photo by Enrique La Marca

    IUCN Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change Now Available in Spanish

    15.01.2020

    Doncaster, UK., 15 January 2020 – IUCN has released a Spanish translation of the Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Developed by leading scientists and conservationists under the auspices of the IUCN SSC Climate Change...

  • Guam Rail The flightless, fast-running Guam Rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni) – the second bird in history to recover after being declared Extinct in the Wild, after the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Once widespread on the Pacific island of Guam, its numbers declined after the Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) was accidentally introduced at the end of World War Two. In 1987, the last wild Guam Rail was killed by this invasive predator. Thanks to a 35-year captive breeding programme, the Guam Rail is now established on the neighbouring Cocos Island. However, the bird is still classified as Critically Endangered – one step away from extinction. Photo: Photo by Josh More (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Species recoveries bring hope amidst the biodiversity crisis - IUCN Red List

    10.12.2019

    Gland, Switzerland, 10 December 2019 (IUCN) – Conservation efforts have led to improvements in the status of ten species, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This includes the recovery of the Guam Rail, a bird previously...

  • Bhitarkanika Conservation Area, India Photo: IUCN / Remco van Merm

    Experts call attention to the key role of World Heritage in meeting biodiversity objectives

    28.11.2019

    Experts convened by IUCN have issued a statement on how World Heritage contributes to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This includes recommendations specific to World Heritage and its relevance to biodiversity. Negotiations to develop the...

  • Norman Myers Photo: By kind permission of the family.

    Norman Myers - an appreciation

    19.11.2019

    It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Norman Myers. His friend Adrian Phillips, Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) between 1994 - 2000, reflects on his life and legacy.

  • Scimitar-horned oryx The scimitar oryx or scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) is a species of Oryx; once widespread across North Africa; which has been assessed by the IUCN Red List as Extinct in the wild since 2000. Photo: Brent Huffman / UltimateUngulate

    IUCN calls for halt to species decline by 2030

    11.10.2019

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 October 2019 (IUCN) – IUCN has issued an urgent call to massively scale up species conservation action in response to the escalating biodiversity crisis. The Abu Dhabi Call for Global Species Conservation Action...

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  • Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum), assessed as Vulnerable The iconic Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is widely found across Europe. It has been assessed as Vulnerable. Photo: Pixabay

    Over half of Europe’s endemic trees face extinction

    27.09.2019

    Gland, Switzerland, 27 September 2019 (IUCN) – Over half (58%) of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction, according to assessments of the state of the continent’s biodiversity published today by the International Union for Conservation of...

  • SSC 4th Leaders' Meeting Scimtar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah), EW Photo: © Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

    Species Conservation Experts to Unite in Abu Dhabi to Enhance Global Action for Biodiversity

    25.09.2019

    The highly anticipated gathering of international experts aims to heavily influence the functioning, growth and integration of species conservation work.

  • The New Lion Economy Photo: The New Lion Economy report

    Where lions go, Africa goes. Unlocking the value of lions and their landscapes

    05.09.2019

    Lions and their landscapes are a major part of Africa’s lifeblood indicator. Facing a catastrophic decline in lion population and habitat, a fresh report is the first to look in detail at the wider ecosystem services lions and "lionscapes" provide.

  • Participants during the SMART workshop organised by the MIKE programme Photo: ©IUCN

    Thailand introduces SMART tech to protect Asian elephants

    03.09.2019

    In early May, the Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), organised a three-day...

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