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  • Roloway monkey Roloway Monkey (Cercopithecus diana)  Photo: © Russell A. Mittermeier

    Unsustainable fishing and hunting for bushmeat driving iconic species to extinction – IUCN Red List
    18.07.2019

    Gland, Switzerland, 18 July 2019 (IUCN) – Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have led to the decline of seven primate species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List...
  • Vaquita Gulf of California The Gulf of California in Mexico is the only place on Earth where the vaquita can be found Photo: SEMARNAT (public domain)

    The looming extinction of the vaquita puts Gulf of California on World Heritage danger list
    03.07.2019

    The World Heritage Committee today followed IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger. The site’s population of vaquitas – the world’s smallest and most endangered species of...
  • Marseille, France Photo: jbdodane/Flickr

    One-year countdown to world’s leading biodiversity event begins
    13.06.2019

    “Biodiversity is now on the international agenda to the same degree as the fight against climate change. It is essential to create an international dynamic in favour of biodiversity, with increased awareness and the involvement of the general public. By...
  • Lacoste limited-edition polo shirts Photo: Lacoste

    IUCN and Lacoste team up again to inspire support for threatened species
    16.05.2019

    The Lacoste-IUCN partnership has launched its second awareness-raising campaign to support species conservation action worldwide.
  • DNA Photo: Pixabay

    Rewriting genes could have broad knock-on effects on nature – IUCN report
    09.05.2019

    The emerging field of synthetic biology could affect nature in ways that go beyond single genetically engineered organisms, according to an IUCN report published today.
  • Huascarán National Park natural World Heritage site in Peru Huascarán National Park natural World Heritage site in Peru Photo: IUCN/Elena Osipova

    Almost half of World Heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100
    30.04.2019

    Glaciers are set to disappear completely from almost half of World Heritage sites if business-as-usual emissions continue, according to the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers, co-authored by scientists from the International Union for...
  • Migrating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues Photo: IOC

    IUCN guide to help new sports venues minimise impact on nature
    12.03.2019

    Nairobi, Kenya, 12 March 2019, (IUCN) – A guide designed to help integrate biodiversity considerations into new sports venues, minimising their impacts on nature and delivering conservation benefits, was released today by IUCN, International Union for...
  • IUCN Director General Inger Andersen speaks at a marine plastics event at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, February 2019 IUCN Director General Inger Andersen speaks at a marine plastics event at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, February 2019 Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    IUCN Director General appointed to head UNEP
    21.02.2019

    IUCN Director General Inger Andersen has been appointed to the post of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Orangutan eating from Bendang tree An orangutan eats fruit from the crown of a Bendang tree (Borassodendron borneense). Photo: Anne Russon

    IUCN study identifies tree species for climate-resilient reforestation
    07.02.2019

    An IUCN study has identified tree species native to Indonesia’s Kutai National Park that are resilient to climate change and support threatened East Bornean orangutan populations, recommending their use in reforestation efforts. The study was funded by the...
  • Fin Whale Photo: Aqqa Rosing-Asvid (CC BY 2.0)

    Fin Whale, Mountain Gorilla recovering thanks to conservation action – IUCN Red List
    14.11.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 14 November 2018 (IUCN) – Conservation action has brought renewed hope for the Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Fin Whale has improved in status from Endangered...
  • Wiñay Wayna Orchid Warming temperatures are causing the Wiñay Wayna Orchid to move up mountain slopes, reducing their population size. Photo: Wendy Foden

    Escalating climate change impacts on species prompt IUCN review of emerging field
    11.10.2018

    A major IUCN co-authored paper published today reviews the relatively new field of assessing species’ vulnerability to climate change, as experts warn that time is running out for many species. 
  • Stockholm Photo: Scanrail1/Shutterstock.com

    IUCN launches global alliance for greener cities
    24.09.2018

    Edinburgh, Scotland, 24 September 2018 (IUCN/Scottish Wildlife Trust) – IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has launched a global initiative which aims to create greener, more liveable cities that will improve the health, well-being and...
  • 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...

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