• Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i Photo: J Tamelander / IUCN

    Today defines tomorrow: World Heritage as litmus test for action on agreements


    This piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on World Heritage, the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre, as part of a special edition on the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It reflects some of the main...

  • Stephane (smiling) and the South Dja Biosphere Reserve patrol team defining direction to a target point using SMART software Photo: Oliver Frankem ZSL

    A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon


    Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve from poachers – writes Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological...

  • Photo: Ben Sipa

    Tree Kangaroo conservationist wins prestigious Whitley Award


    In April 2016, Karau Kuna was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Acknowledged for his passionate work strengthening biodiversity protection in the YUS Conservation Area of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the...

  • Egg collection Photo: Nikolai Yakushev

    Giving Spoon-billed Sandpipers a head-start on the long journey back from the brink of extinction


    Marking World Migratory Bird Day 2016, Rebecca Lee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), an SOS grantee, reflects on the transformation in survival prospects for this Critically Endangered and diminutive migratory bird. Thanks to a sustained and...

  • Wild rice Photo: flowerphotos / Alamy Stock Photo

    New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity


    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced a five-year partnership to provide funding to broaden the scope of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This will significantly increase...

  • Photo: Rabeil/ SCF

    Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction


    Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild.

  • Photo: Pol Pintanel

    In the shadow of the volcano: race against time for the Quito rocket frog


    An imminent eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador would wipe out the last population of the Quito rocket frog. On International Save the Frogs Day, researcher Santiago Ron from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a grantee with IUCN’s...

  • WISE-UP project logo Photo: ©IUCN

    Balancing complexity and simplicity: the challenge of (re)packaging science for decision-making and policy relevance


    WISE-UP to Climate is a multi-partnership project focussing on natural infrastructure, water security and climate change adaptation in the Tana and Volta River Basins. Using an innovative approach to catalyse change on the ground, the project aims to...

  • WCC 2016 Photo: IUCN

    Candidates for IUCN Council 2016-2020


     IUCN Members will elect a new Council for 2016-20 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Hawai’i, USA from 1-10 September 2016. IUCN is pleased to announce the list of candidates for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of...

  • Water color change at Swatch of No Ground marine area, Bangladesh Photo: Rubaiyat Mansur

    Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins


    Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions...


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