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    ASAP launches its first small grant scheme for Southeast Asian species on the brink of extinction


    The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), with support from Fondation Segré, has launched a Rapid Action Fund for tackling the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia. Small grants are now available for urgent conservation action that focuses on...

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    IUCN deplores the brutal killing of 17 people in Virunga National Park


    IUCN is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of 12 park rangers, a staff driver and four civilians close to Virunga National Park, following an attack by armed militia on 24 April. One of the world’s most biodiversity-rich areas and home to the last remaining...

  • Coronavirus. Credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS. Photo: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS.

    IUCN statement on the COVID-19 pandemic


    As the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stands in solidarity with all those already directly affected by the virus around the world. Our thoughts are with all vulnerable...

  • South-western Black Rhino South-western Back Rhino Photo: © Dave Hamman Photography

    Conservation efforts bring cautious hope for African rhinos - IUCN Red List


    Gland, Switzerland, 19 March 2020 (IUCN) – The African Black Rhino remains Critically Endangered, but its population is slowly increasing as conservation efforts counter the persistent threat of poaching, according to today’s update of the IUCN Red List of...

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    Candidates for IUCN Council 2020 - 2024


    At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Marseille, France, from 11-19 June 2020, IUCN Members will elect a new Council for 2020-24. IUCN is pleased to announce the nominated candidates for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of...

  • 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


    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...

  • Pangolin Species Identification Guide: A Rapid Assessment Tool for Field and Desk Photo: @USAID

    New guide developed to identify pangolin species


    To assist law enforcement officers in identifying illegally traded pangolins, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia initiative developed a pangolin species identification guide and poster to help people identify pangolin...

  • Hermann’s Tortoise_assessed as Vulnerable in North Macedonia Hermann’s Tortoise_assessed as Vulnerable in North Macedonia Photo: Dragan Arsovski

    First Red List of Threatened Species published in North Macedonia


    Almost half of amphibians and reptiles are threatened with extinction and 4 vascular plant species are Critically Endangered in North Macedonia, according to first national Red List published today in Skopje and developed by national experts under the...

  • 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


    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...

  • 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


    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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