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  • Tapanuli orangutan The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is found in the Batang Toru forests in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Batang Toru Programme

    New orangutan species described in Indonesia

    07.11.2017

    A team of international scientists, including IUCN experts, have described a new species of orangutan found in Indonesia. 

  • Outlet glaciers and the wetland of Þjórsárver, Iceland. Photo: Roger Crofts

    A major enhancement of protection in Iceland

    31.10.2017

    After many years of lobbying by Icelandic and international experts from WCPA, the Icelandic Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Björt Ólafsdóttir has just announced the enhanced protection status of one of the most important ice...

  • Ibex in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy Ibex in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy Photo: Luciano Ramires

    Gran Paradiso, the hunting reserve that saved the Ibex

    30.10.2017

    Awarded IUCN Green List status since 2014, the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy’s first national park extends over five valleys around the Gran Paradiso massif.

  • 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

    27.10.2017

    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...

  • Antipodes Island Landscape and Albatross Chick Antipodes Island, New Zealand landscape and Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) chick Photo: Sarah Forder/Island Conservation

    Managing invasive species on islands can curb global extinction rates

    25.10.2017

    Managing invasive species could benefit 95 per cent of Endangered and Critically Endangered amphibians, birds and mammals that live on islands, according to a study involving researchers from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Invasive Species...

  • Large Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) Large Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) Photo: Jean-Christophe Vié

    Hippos, crocodiles and other freshwater megafauna threatened and ignored

    16.10.2017

    A recent study by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) reveals nearly 60 per cent of iconic freshwater species such as crocodiles, hippos, sturgeons and river dolphins...

  • Dugongo Patrol Boat purchased using SOS funding Photo: Endangered Wildlife Trust

    FROM IMPROVED GOVERNANCE TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN SAVING MOZAMBIQUE’S DUGONGS

    10.10.2017

    A lot can change in a short time in this information age – so too for conservation. Following successes strengthening governance in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park which was supported by an SOS grant 2011-2013, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s...

  • iucn-mpsg Photo: iucn-mpsg

    Climate change a real threat to the Top 50 Mediterranean Island Plants - UPDATE 2017

    06.10.2017

    In 2005, the Mediterranean Islands Plant Specialist Group (IUCN / SSC) published The Top 50 Mediterranean Island Plants - Wild plants at the brink of extinction and what is needed to save them. A decade later, the publication has been updated to assess...

  • Rhino and baby Photo: Pixabay/Mani300

    IUCN and WWF congratulate TRAFFIC on its new governance arrangements which will guide future action on wildlife trade

    27.09.2017

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) congratulate TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, on the newly announced revised board structure and trustees appointed to guide its work to combat wildlife...

  • 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

    22.09.2017

    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...

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