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  • Hammerhead sharks

    Shark expert and freediver joins IUCN’s ocean conservation mission

    Despite the high profile media attention sharks receive, relatively little is known about their biology. Of those shark species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, nearly half are listed as Data Deficient, which means that we...
  • VI IUCN World Parks Congress

    Australia to host the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress

     Australia will welcome thousands of environment leaders from across the globe after securing the right to host the prestigious IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park from 12-19 November 2014.
  • Coral reefs - New Caledonia

    Travel around the most beautiful places on Earth, for free!

    This holiday season, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. Discover the locations of 222 natural World Heritage sites across the planet; let yourself be transported by 3D simulation, and inspired by...
  • Nelson Mandela and IUCN delegation

    IUCN pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

    IUCN joins the world in mourning the passing of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and celebrating his life.
  • Fiji’s Minister of Environment and Attorney General, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighting the ten key actions during the conference

    IUCN applauds ‘ten key actions’ for Pacific conservation

    IUCN applauds the declaration of ‘ten key actions’ made today by high-level representatives from government, the private sector and civil society at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.
  • Polar Bears

    Plight of the Polar Bear gets high-level attention

    The range states of the Polar Bear – Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States – today signed a landmark declaration that will strengthen measures to conserve this iconic animal which is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened...
  • Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

    Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

    The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The...
  • Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

    L’Okapi, la ‘girafe des forêts’ rejoint le nombre croissant d’espèces menacées de la Liste rouge de l’UICN

    L’Okapi - un symbole national de la République démocratique du Congo, également connu sous le nom de "girafe des forêts" - et le Râle à miroir - l’un des oiseaux les plus rares d’Afrique - sont maintenant proches de l’extinction, selon la dernière mise à jour...
  • Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

    Okapi dreigt uit te sterven

    De okapi, de nauwst nog levende verwant van de giraffe, staat op de rand van uitsterven. Dat blijkt uit de nieuwe Rode Lijst van bedreigde soorten die IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) dinsdag heeft gepresenteerd. Het dier lijdt onder de...
  • 37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, Phnom Penh, June 2013

    Twelve new members elected to World Heritage Committee

    Representatives of the 190 States Parties to the 1972 World Heritage Convention elected 12 new members to the 21-member intergovernmental Committee in charge of managing UNESCO’s World Heritage List and implementing the Convention.
  • WPC Logo square

    Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

    Registration is now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), the landmark global forum on protected areas held every 10 years. The event takes place in Sydney, Australia 12-19 November 2014, with the theme 'Parks, people, planet: inspiring...
  • Myanmar: From water to mountains

    Myanmar seeks global standards to conserve its natural heritage

    Myanmar is renewing efforts to implement the World Heritage Convention. As the country opens up to international conservation processes, IUCN is providing expertise to help identify potential natural heritage sites.
  • Global Map

    Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

    A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the...
  • Global Map

    Científicos identifican las áreas protegidas irremplazables del mundo.

    A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the...
  • Global Map

    Des scientifiques identifient les aires protégées les plus irremplaçables dans le monde

    Une nouvelle étude scientifique a identifié les aires protégées les plus importantes pour empêcher l’extinction d’espèces de mammifères, d’oiseaux et d’amphibiens dans le monde. Issue d’une collaboration internationale, cette analyse fournit des conseils...
  • Global Map

    Natuurgebied in Colombia is meest onvervangbaar

    Het meest waardevolle natuurgebied ter wereld ligt in Colombia. Dat blijkt uit de lijst van de meest onvervangbare beschermde gebieden die de International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) vandaag bekend heeft gemaakt. Voor deze lijst identificeerden...
  • UNFCCC COP 19 logo

    IUCN event at UNFCCC - Giving Life to Acronyms: from Pledges to Action under EBA, REDD+ and ccGAPS

    IUCN Official Side Event at UNFCCC COP, Warsaw"Giving Life to Acronyms: from Pledges to Action under EBA, REDD+ and ccGAPS"Wednesday, 13 November, 20:15 – 21:45 (Side Event Room: ‘Torun’)
  • Boro and trees, Okavango delta

    Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

    This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for...
  • Ocean, our planet's 'blue heart'

    No time to lose for our planet’s “blue heart”

    A strong commitment to conserve and sustainably manage the ocean, including areas beyond national jurisdiction, was among the outcomes of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, whose ministerial segment closed yesterday in Ajaccio, Corsica.
  • Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

    A Waterfall Kingdom at the End of the Earth

    Shiretoko National Park, Japan
  • The Eastern Pacific Seascape spans Central and South America, covering a total of 2 million square kilometers. A number of the world’s most important natural habitats lie within the Eastern Pacific Seascape, including Malpelo and Cocos Islands, Coiba,...

    There is hope for the ocean

    Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale...
  • Galapagos sea lion puppy, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

    Marine Protected Areas - an investment well worth its price

    Halfway through the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress taking in Marseille, we asked Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme to tell us about the most important issues discussed so far.
  • Cover of IUCN Marine Gaps Study

    Are oceans a universal value? IUCN identifies gaps in marine World Heritage

    Marseille, 22 October 2013 - A new IUCN report identifying gaps in marine World Heritage was launched today at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC). The study provides a road map to ensure the World Heritage Convention reflects the...
  • Chagos

    Better management and funding needed to save the ocean

    Marseille, France, 21 October 2013 – Effective management and more funding for marine protected areas are urgently needed to secure a longer life for our oceans and the vital services they provide, urges IUCN at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas...
  • Chengjiang fossil site in China.

    Looking back into the origins of life

    Chengjiang Fossil Site, World Heritage Site, China


Last updated - Fri, 19 Jan 2018
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