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  • Western gray whale and salmon set nets near Sakhalin Island Western gray whale and salmon set nets near Sakhalin Island Photo: No attribution

    Western gray whales at great risk from salmon nets – IUCN-backed study

    11.10.2018

    Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) - A new IUCN-backed scientific article published today finds that threatened western gray whales are at “very high risk” of entanglement in coastal salmon nets near Russia’s Sakhalin island, which often leads to their injury or death...

  • Orchids of various species harvested to make salep, Turkey Salep is a flour made from dried orchid tubers, which is used to make ice cream, hot drinks and other desserts, primarily in Turkey and the Mediterranean.  The trade affects as many as 19 orchid species in seven genera, involves the large-scale unregulated harvest in a number of countries, including Turkey, Iran and Greece.  Here, a number of different orchid species are sold at a market in Turkey. Photo: Amy Hinsley

    Illegal wildlife trade endangers plants — but few are listening

    09.10.2018

    At this week’s international Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London – plants - some of the world’s most trafficked and endangered wildlife aren’t on the agenda. 

  • James Thomas Harris with Binoculars Photo: IUCN SSC ICF

    James Thomas Harris Obituary

    04.10.2018

    With grateful appreciation of Jim’s 34 years of tireless service to the cranes of the world and his colleagues at the International Crane Foundation and abroad.

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Photo: David Weller

    IUCN seeks whale conservation expert to lead advise on industry development impacts

    27.09.2018

    IUCN invites applications for the Chair of its Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) to provide objective independent advice on the impacts to whales and their marine habitat during offshore oil and gas development and beyond. The position will run for...

  • The IUCN Red List Website is now live Photo: Mark Joy

    The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ Launches New Website

    14.09.2018

    The IUCN Red List is proud to announce the release of a new website – IUCN 14 September 2018

  • A fisherman checking his net, Cambodia Photo: Finn Thilsted, World Fish Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Water for fish: Sustainable inland fisheries

    10.09.2018

    Inland fisheries are being overlooked in policy, management and development decisions, undermining the vital food and livelihood benefits they provide to the poor – Conservation International and Co-chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission Freshwater...

  • Hugh Synge (left) with Paul Cox on the Plant Talk deal Photo: Dan Ryan - Plant Life

    Hugh Synge

    07.09.2018

    IUCN mourns the loss of Hugh Synge, who passed away on 4 August after a brief but fierce battle with cancer.

  • Spawning Stockeye Salmon Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (CC BY 2.0)

    The Alliance for Freshwater Life is launched

    06.09.2018

    IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit helps launch The Alliance for Freshwater Life - new global network aiming to halt and reverse the ongoing freshwater biodiversity loss crisis - at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm - a blog from Freshwater...

  • Harvesting maize, Tete Province, Mozambique. SUSTAIN Initiative Photo: ©ADPP

    World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development

    22.08.2018

    Water, ecosystems and human development is the leading theme of this year’s World Water Week. The annual conference on water is held in Stockholm, Sweden from 26 to 31 August and gathers scientists, business leaders, policy makers and water managers...

  • Rustam Sagitov Rustam Sagitov Photo: Baltic Fund for Nature

    Dr Rustam Sagitov, one of Russia’s great nature conservationists

    20.08.2018

    IUCN mourns the loss of Dr Rustam Sagitov, IUCN Regional Councillor for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia, and Chair of the IUCN National Committee for Russia, who passed away on Sunday, 19 August 2018. Aleksei Zavarzin, IUCN CEC Regional Vice Chair...

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