Press releases

  • IUCN at 70 IUCN at 70 Photo: N/A

    IUCN at 70: knowledge and experience for today’s challenges

    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, IUCN has launched a new blog, where IUCN Members and partners will debate topical conservation issues, alongside a series of events to...
  • Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Photo: Barbara Ender Jone

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species – IUCN Red List

    Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2017 (IUCN) – Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise,...
  • Matareva, Upolu Island, Samoa. Photo: Stuart Chape

    Protected areas across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific boosted with €60 million investment

    The European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have invested €60 million in the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme over the next six years – making it one of the largest EU biodiversity...
  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Socotra Archipelago, Yemen was hit cyclones in 2015 - a rare weather event in this part of the Indian Ocean. Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN

    Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released today...
  • Botrychium Simplex (Dwarf Moonwort) assessed as EN Dwarf Moonwort (Botrychium simplex), assessed as Endangered  Photo: Karsten Horn

    Ancient ferns highly threatened in Europe – IUCN Red List

    Brussels, 27 October 2017 (IUCN) – A fifth of European fern and lycopod species, a group of vascular plants that underpins healthy ecosystems, are threatened with extinction and declining, as a result of urbanisation and expanding infrastructure, according to...
  • Soft corals in the Beqa Lagoon, Vitu Levu, Fiji Soft corals in the Beqa Lagoon, Vitu Levu, Fiji Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Klaus Jost

    Paris Agreement only chance for coral reef survival – IUCN

    Limiting global warming to below 2°C in line with the Paris Agreement provides the only chance for the survival of coral reefs, warns David Obura, Chair of the International Union for Conservation of  Nature (IUCN)’s Coral Reef Specialist Group, writing...
  • White Ash (Fraxinus americana) White Ash (Fraxinus americana) Photo: The Morton Arboretum

    Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction – IUCN Red List

    North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African...
  • Horses, Mongolia Photo: Goska Bonnaveira

    Climate action and global food security depend on healthy drylands – IUCN

    Failure to up investment in protecting and restoring drylands – soils in particular – could put future food supplies at risk and hamper efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature ahead of the...
  • Białowieża Forest, Poland-Belarus - 2016 IUCN advisory mission Białowieża Forest, Poland-Belarus - IUCN carried out an advisory mission in Poland in 2016 Photo: IUCN / Hervé Léthier

    UNESCO urges Poland to immediately stop logging in the old-growth forests of Białowieża World Heritage site, following IUCN’s advice

    Kraków, Poland, 05 July 2017 (IUCN) – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has adopted a decision today urging Poland to immediately halt all logging and wood extraction in the old-growth forests of Białowieża. The decision follows the advice of the...
  • Elephants in Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire Elephants in Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire Photo: OIPR - Ivorian parks service

    African national park taken off World Heritage ‘danger list’ following IUCN advice

    Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire has come off the List of World Heritage in Danger today, as its wildlife recovers from impacts of civil unrest. The decision follows a recommendation from IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – the official...
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico - a fishing port on the coast of Gulf of Mexico Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage, pushing the vaquita to the brink and depleting forests – IUCN

    Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year, putting some of the world’s most...
  • On hard substrata, frequently observed epilithic organisms include corals, actiniarians, hydroids, sponges, ascidians and crinoids Photo: IUCN/NERC

    Deep sea mining threatens unique marine life, experts warn

    Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated for through biodiversity offsets, 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in...
  • Rio Doce Panel announced Photo: Stephen Edwards

    Global environmentalist Yolanda Kakabadse to Chair IUCN independent scientific panel on Brazil’s Rio Doce watershed

    Gland, Switzerland – IUCN former President, globally recognised environmentalist Yolanda Kakabadse, will Chair the new IUCN independent scientific and technical advisory panel on the restoration of the Rio Doce watershed in Brazil, following the 2015 collapse...
  • Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari IUCN Director General Inger Andersen greets Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari during her visit to IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland 16 June 2017. Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    President of Nepal visits IUCN to strengthen future collaboration

    President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari met with Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today at the organisation’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration...
  • Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras Photo: Noel Wingers

    Overfishing, reef decline threaten greater Caribbean and Pacific island fisheries – IUCN reports

    Gland, Switzerland, 8 June 2017 (IUCN) – Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many fish, including food sources like tunas and groupers, towards extinction, according to two regional Red List...


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