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  • Plastic glove in the sea Photo: Joel sauce do saucedo (pixabay)

    Over 200,000 tonnes of plastic leaking into the Mediterranean each year – IUCN report
    27.10.2020

    Gland, 27th October 2020 (IUCN) - A new IUCN report finds that an estimated 229,000 tonnes of plastic is leaking into the Mediterranean Sea every year, equivalent to over 500 shipping containers each day. Unless significant measures are taken to address...
  • Coastal Wetland A new study in Nature finds that countries are falling short of meeting biodiversity targets despite an increase in areas under protection worldwide.  Photo: StockSnap, PIxabay

    Nations fall short on biodiversity despite protected area growth – IUCN co-authored study
    07.10.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 7 October 2020 (IUCN) – National governments have fallen short on delivering conservation commitments for protected and conserved areas under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), despite the expansion in protected areas over...
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    IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 postponed
    16.09.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 16 September 2020 (IUCN) - In view of the sanitary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, France and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation...
  • A farmer working his field in Angola A farmer is working his field in Cabina, Angola. Photo: Andre Silva Pinto, Shutterstock

    Farmers could substantially boost productivity by conserving soil biodiversity – IUCN report
    08.09.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 8 September (IUCN) – By increasing the biodiversity of soils through sustainable practices, farmers could deliver substantial benefits for food and water security as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation, according to a new IUCN...
  • African elephants at a watering hole Travel restrictions and closures of protected areas in many countries in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic have led to dramatic losses of income from tourism for many local communities living in or near such areas. The BIOPAMA and Save our Species grants will provide critical and urgently needed support to such communities. Photo: Paul Funston

    Six million Euros made available for conservation action to counter COVID-19 impacts
    03.08.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 4 August 2020 (IUCN) – A total of six million Euros in emergency relief funding to address biodiversity conservation needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is being made available by the International Union for Conservation of Nature...
  • Mangroves are an important but fragile ecosystem Sustainably managed mangroves can provide ecosystem services such as coastal protection, food and medicines as well as carbon storage, positively impacting both biodiversity and human well-being. The IUCN Global Standard for NbS provides a tool to help ensure that projects labelled as Nature-based Solutions - for example through restoration of mangroves - do indeed deliver the anticipated benefits to both society and biodiversity. Photo: Maxwell Ridgway / Unsplash

    IUCN Standard to boost impact of nature-based solutions to global challenges
    23.07.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 23 July 2020 (IUCN) – IUCN today unveiled a Global Standard providing the first-ever set of benchmarks for nature-based solutions to global challenges. The new IUCN Global Standard will help governments, business and civil society ensure...
  • IUCN Director General Dr Bruno Oberle Dr Bruno Oberle assumes the position of IUCN Director General on July 13, 2020. Photo: Bruno Oberle / EPFL

    Dr Bruno Oberle named IUCN Director General
    13.07.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 13 July 2020 (IUCN) – The International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, has announced the appointment of Dr Bruno Oberle as Director General, starting today. He succeeds Inger Andersen who served as Director General from 2015 to...
  • A ring-tailed lemur sitting on a tree branch The ring-tailed lemur (lemur catta) is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This lemur is found in the dry forests, spiny bush, montane forest, mangroves, rocky outcrops, and one rainforest in southern and south-western Madagascar, and in one humid forest in south-eastern Madagascar. Despite the species' large range and flexibility, its population density is often very low and populations are largely restricted to isolated forest fragmentsExperts suspect that its population has declined by at least 50% over a three-generation period.  Photo: Zwennie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Almost a third of lemurs and North Atlantic Right Whale now Critically Endangered - IUCN Red List
    09.07.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 9 July 2020 (IUCN) – Almost a third (31%) of all lemur species in Madagascar are now Critically Endangered – just one step away from extinction – with 98% of them threatened, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened...
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    IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 postponed
    03.04.2020

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants and visitors, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French government have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020. Previously...
  • South-western Black Rhino South-western Back Rhino Photo: © Dave Hamman Photography

    Conservation efforts bring cautious hope for African rhinos - IUCN Red List
    19.03.2020

    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...
  • Women fetching water in Rajasthan, India Two women are lugging water pots on their head in Rajasthan, India. Due to the lack of piped water, women and girls in many parts of the world have to fetch water from its natural sources, exposing them to the threat of gender-based violence. Photo: Shutterstock

    Environmental degradation driving gender-based violence – IUCN study
    29.01.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 29 January 2020 (IUCN) – The degradation of nature can lead to gender-based violence including sexual assault, domestic violence and forced prostitution, according to a new IUCN study published today. Competition over increasingly scarce...
  • 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...
  • a blue marlin Photo: Photo by Waterframe, Alamy Stock Photos

    Marine life, fisheries increasingly threatened as the ocean loses oxygen – IUCN report
    07.12.2019

    Madrid, Spain, 07.12.2019 (IUCN) - The loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems, a new IUCN report warns. Ocean oxygen loss, driven by climate change and nutrient pollution, is a...
  • Congress participant asking a question The IUCN Congress 2020 gives journalists the opportunity to interact with policy and business, top scientists and representatives of civil society, and with indigenous and youth organisations on the world’s most pressing biodiversity challenges. Photo: Photograph by: IISD

    Media registration now open for world’s leading environmental summit
    30.10.2019

    Gland, Switzerland, 30 October 2019 (IUCN) – IUCN has opened media registration for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental event that will drive global action towards a more sustainable future...
  • 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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