• Vote for your Heritage Hero


    Five outstanding individuals in three natural World Heritage sites have been shortlisted as Heritage Heroes for their exceptional work in protecting some of the world's most precious natural areas. Discover their inspiring stories and decide who will...

  • The Bornean orangutan is classed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

    Paper reveals nature conservation knowledge is a bargain


    A new study released today finds that the knowledge databases which underpin nature conservation and environmental decision-making – such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - cost US$ 6.5 million annually to manage, plus the dedication of thousands...

  • Habitat clearance in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique

    Three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled from agriculture, land conversion, overharvesting


    Less than a month away from the kick-off of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into...

  • IUCN expresses its gratitude to Dr Simon Stuart on his retirement from the Union


    Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), will be retiring after 30 years with IUCN. He will join Synchronicity Earth, a UK-based conservation charity, as Conservation Director.

  • Fierce yet fragile: Coexistence in a changing world


    Tigers once inhabited vast parts of Asia, from Indonesia to the Central Asian states; they have now vanished from over 90% of their former range. On International Tiger Day we look at how IUCN's tiger programme is helping humans and tigers...

  • Dr Bibhuti Lahkar

    Engaged for Wildlife and People - Dr Bibhuti Lahkar nominated for Heritage Heroes Award


    Dr Bibhuti Lahkar is a man engaged for wildlife and people. He understands that conserving threatened flora and fauna can only be achieved in the long-term if the local population is supportive and receives some benefit from the protection. Part of his work...

  • India Minister of Environment and Prime Minister at 3AMC

    IUCN was at the 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation


    Since the St Petersburg tiger summit, the Tiger Range Countries meet regularly to report progress on tiger conservation. This is the chance for the world to have an estimate of the world wild tiger population. In April this year, IUCN brought a small...

  • IUCN Congress logo

    Follow the tiger at IUCN World Conservation Congress


    Held every four years, IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the...

  • Individual tiger captured by camera trap

    Reconnecting wildlife habitats - Can Htamanthi Become a Source Site for Tigers?


    In the last hundred years, tiger habitat has been significantly fragmented and transformed into isolated patches of habitats. A particular site can hold breeding females and a viable population (source), while a neighbouring one might have been depleted by...

  • Foresters of Royal Manas National Park Setting-up a Camera Trap

    (Camera) Trapping tigers across borders


    In the recently held 10th meeting of the Trans-Boundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA) between Indian and Bhutanese conservation comrades, D.P. Bankhwal of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Guwahati, said, “Tigers are akin to canaries in a...


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