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  • Freshwater fishing Purépecha fisherfolk target pescado blanco on Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico, 2007. Photo: Ernest Ríos Lanz

    Mexican freshwater biodiversity in decline as more than a third of fish species threatened with extinction – IUCN report

    15.05.2020

    San José, Costa Rica, 15.05.2020 (IUCN) - Thirty-nine percent of Mexico’s freshwater fishes are threatened with extinction, including many endemic species that are economically, culturally and ecologically important, a new joint study led by the International...

  • Morning fishing on the Mekong river Morning fishing on the Mekong river. Photo: Zeb Hogan

    Inland fish and fisheries integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    04.05.2020

    Exploring the relationship between well-managed inland fisheries and global sustainability, a paper published today in Nature Sustainability concludes that inland fisheries can contribute substantially to increased food security, poverty alleviation,...

  • IUCN Statement Photo: IUCN

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

    30.04.2020

    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...

  • 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...

  • Goitered Gazelle Goitered Gazelle  Photo: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan

    Channelling action for migratory species from CMS COP13 in India to Central Asia

    29.02.2020

    In February, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) adopted a decision for the CMS Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI). CAMI’s Programme of Work for the period 2021-2026 was...

  • IUCN-Toyota Red List Partnership side event at CMS COP 13, Gandhinagar, February 2020 IUCN-Toyota Red List Partnership side event at CMS COP 13, Gandhinagar, February 2020 Photo: Sean Wu, IISD/ENB

    IUCN-Toyota Red List Partnership: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ recognised as a crucial tool to tackle the nature emergency

    21.02.2020

    As part of the recently concluded 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species in Gandhinagar, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Toyota Motor Corporation, together with the Government of India, hosted a...

  • 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

    15.01.2020

    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...

  • 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...

  • Bhitarkanika Conservation Area, India Photo: IUCN / Remco van Merm

    Experts call attention to the key role of World Heritage in meeting biodiversity objectives

    28.11.2019

    Experts convened by IUCN have issued a statement on how World Heritage contributes to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This includes recommendations specific to World Heritage and its relevance to biodiversity. Negotiations to develop the...

  • Norman Myers Photo: By kind permission of the family.

    Norman Myers - an appreciation

    19.11.2019

    It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Norman Myers. His friend Adrian Phillips, Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) between 1994 - 2000, reflects on his life and legacy.

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