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  • Scimitar-horned oryx Photo: Brent Huffman / UltimateUngulate

    IUCN calls for halt to species decline by 2030


    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 October 2019 (IUCN) – IUCN has issued an urgent call to massively scale up species conservation action in response to the escalating biodiversity crisis. The Abu Dhabi Call for Global Species Conservation Action...

  • Landscape of Guilin, China Photo: ©Shutterstock/Aphotostory

    BRIDGE: Hydrodiplomacy in Action


    Globally, over 310 lake and river basins stretch across national borders. Around 60% of those lack any type of cooperative management framework. Good transboundary water management is crucial for peace, security, economic development and environmental...

  • #NatureForAll at World Scouts Jamboree Photo: IUCN

    Connecting with young champions for nature at the World Scout Jamboree


    #NatureForAll is a global movement championed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and launched by the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) to inspire love, support, and action...

  • Cheetah Photo: WCEL

    Compatibility of Trophy Hunting as a Form of Sustainable Use with IUCN’s Objectives


    Editor's note 4 October 2019: This article reposts a recommendation by the IUCN WCEL Ethics Specialist Group. It was one of several positions presented to the IUCN Council in November 2017 for its deliberations on admission of new members. See all relevant...

  • SSC 4th Leaders' Meeting Photo: © Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

    Species Conservation Experts to Unite in Abu Dhabi to Enhance Global Action for Biodiversity


    The highly anticipated gathering of international experts aims to heavily influence the functioning, growth and integration of species conservation work.

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