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  • Giant tube worms Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

    Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea – IUCN report
    16.07.2018

    Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.
  • © Stewart MacDonald Photo: © Stewart MacDonald

    Australia’s reptiles threatened by invasive species, climate change – IUCN Red List
    05.07.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 5 July 2018 (IUCN) – Australia’s unique reptiles – including lizards and snakes – face severe threats from invasive species and climate change, with 7% of them threatened with extinction, reveals the latest update of The IUCN Red List of...
  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Davis Sheppard

    Yemen urged to halt damaging activities in Socotra Archipelago, as advised by IUCN
    02.07.2018

    Manama, Bahrain – Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has urged Yemen to halt any activity that may negatively impact on the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site. The country has been requested to...
  • Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya Photo: IUCN Goran Gujic

    Lake Turkana listed as ‘in danger’ due to impacts from dam, as advised by IUCN
    28.06.2018

    Manama, Bahrain, 28 June 2018 (IUCN) – Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya has been placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger today at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting, due to impacts from the Gibe III dam. The decision follows the...
  • Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Photo: HUTAN KOCP

    Saying ‘no’ to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss – IUCN report
    26.06.2018

    Paris, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil, warned an IUCN report published...
  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage site The "Blue Hole" in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Second largest reef on Earth off ‘danger list’, following IUCN’s advice
    26.06.2018

    Manama, Bahrain, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – the world’s second largest coral reef system after the Great Barrier Reef – has come off the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of the International Union for...
  • Asian Small-Clawed Otter Asian Small-Clawed Otters - listed as Vulnerable to extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Photo: Nicole Duplaix

    Southeast Asia's appetite for pet otters supplied online
    08.06.2018

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8th June 2018—The online pet trade has emerged as a pressing threat to otters in Southeast Asia with a new TRAFFIC-IUCN Otter Specialist Group (OSG) study revealing hundreds of the animals for sale on Facebook and other websites over a...
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...
  • Beach erosion, Jupiter, Florida.  Photo: William Djubin, EarthRehab

    Ocean risks a wake-up call for policymakers – IUCN report
    08.05.2018

    Southampton, Bermuda, 08 May 2018 (XL Catlin/IUCN): A new report by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, commissioned by the global (re)insurance company XL Catlin, warns of unprecedented changes occurring in the ocean and points to the...
  • Haplochromis ishmaeli Photo: Erwin Schraml

    Livelihoods at risk as freshwater species in Africa’s largest lake face extinction – IUCN Report
    30.04.2018

    Seventy-six percent of freshwater species endemic to the Lake Victoria Basin, including many species important to local livelihoods, are threatened with extinction, a new IUCN-led report has found. 
  • New guidelines launched for businesses operating within Key Biodiversity Areas Photo: B. Barov-BirdLife International

    Business in Key Biodiversity Areas: minimising the risk to nature
    17.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 17 April 2018 (IUCN) – A roadmap for businesses operating in some of the most biologically significant places on the planet has been issued today by the Key Biodiversity Area Partnership involving 12 of the world’s leading conservation...
  • New IUCN guide for sport explores how to reduce impacts on biodiversity. Photo: IUCN

    New IUCN guide highlights how sports industry can contribute to biodiversity conservation
    09.04.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 9 April 2018 (IUCN) – A new guide designed to help the sports industry understand its potential impacts on nature and options for mitigating them, as well as identify new opportunities for sport to enhance conservation, was released today...
  • Anastrangalia sanguinolenta. Least Concern. Frédéric Chevaillot Anastrangalia sanguinolenta, assessed as Least Concern. Photo: Frédéric Chevaillot

    Loss of old trees threatens survival of wood-dependent beetles – IUCN Red List
    05.03.2018

    Brussels, 5 March 2018 (IUCN) – Almost a fifth (18%) of European saproxylic beetles assessed so far are at risk of extinction due to ongoing decline in large veteran trees across Europe, a new IUCN report has found.
  • IUCN at 70 IUCN at 70 Photo: N/A

    IUCN at 70: knowledge and experience for today’s challenges
    22.02.2018

    IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, IUCN has launched a new blog, where IUCN Members and partners will debate topical conservation issues, alongside a series of events to...
  • Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Photo: Barbara Ender Jone

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species – IUCN Red List
    05.12.2017

    Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2017 (IUCN) – Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise,...

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