• Brown rat Photo: Jean-Jacques Boujot/creative commons

    IUCN welcomes New Zealand leadership on invasive species


    Today, IUCN welcomed New Zealand’s announcement that it will take a leadership role to work with partners in other countries to increase global efforts to control and eradicate invasive species.

  • IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng addresses participants at the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade  IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng addresses participants at the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade   Photo: © James Tallant/ IUCN

    Tackling wildlife trafficking through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund


    Recognising the significant and detrimental economic, environmental, security-related, and social impacts of the illegal trade in wildlife, 42 countries adopted the Hanoi Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade on 17 November 2016. The Statement that...

  • Aedes albopictus Aedes albopictus Photo: Aedes albopictus_AFPMB CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species


    A new global initiative to reduce the impacts of invasive alien species – the Honolulu Challenge - has been launched today by 33 organizations and institutions. The launch follows a call for urgent action on invasive alien species made by experts, governments...

  • Bee Photo: © DasWebWeib CC BY 2.0

    Biodiversity assessment reports on pollination and on scenarios and modelling launched


    The extent of the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinator species was highlighted by a report published in full yesterday by the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). More than 75% of the world’s...

  • Indo-pacific Humpback dolphin mother and calf  Photo: © Chatchai Pakpien

    Dolphins fostering Thailand-Cambodia cooperation for Marine Protected Areas


    Results of an 18-month transboundary dolphin conservation project along the coastline of Thailand and Cambodia have confirmed that the transboundary coastal areas along the Thai-Cambodian border are particularly important habitats for the globally threatened...

  • Ross Sea Photo: © John Weller john@lastocean.com

    Antarctic Ocean breakthrough: Ross Sea to become world's largest marine protection area


    The Ross Sea, considered by many scientists as the last intact marine ecosystem on the planet, is the first protected area in Antarctica, and home to most of the world’s penguins and many species of whale.

  • Image of lemurs in tree Photo: © Russell A. Mittermeier

    Major donation boosts efforts to save Madagascar’s lemur species from extinction


    A significant donation from a private Geneva-based foundation will boost efforts to protect Madagascar’s endemic lemurs, 94% of which are threatened with extinction – as announced by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, ahead of World Lemur...

  • Chinese Pangolin The Chinese pangolin, listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List Photo: Cuc Phuong

    What does the new trade ban mean for pangolin conservation?


    Pangolins gained the highest levels of protection under CITES with the decision to bring in a ban on international trade. Dan Challender from IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Co-Chair of IUCN’s SSC Pangolin Specialist Group looks at what this means for the...

  • Leopard Leopard (Panthera pardus) Photo: P, Meier

    Keeping leopards in the spot(light) at CITES


    At the 17th Congress of Parties of the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) in Johannesburg, a side event reinforced the fact that leopards (Panthera pardus) need to stay in the spotlight and remain a conservation priority.

  • White rhinos in Kenya White rhinos in Kenya Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Esther Birchmeier

    IUCN informs key decisions at the CITES conference on wildlife trade


    This article was also published in The Huffington Post At the recently concluded 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties (CoP17) – the largest meeting of its kind ever...


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