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  • woman looking up at trees with pine in the back Photo: IUCN / Craig Beatty

    High hopes for biodiversity through landscape restoration

    16.11.2018

    Biodiversity conservation is the goal of the countries meeting over the next few weeks at the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.  A new working paper outlines a hopeful vision and practical applications for...

  • 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...

  • Araripe manakin Photo: Ciro Alanbo

    Last refuges of endangered species mapped, showing nearly half lack protection

    09.11.2018

    A major assessment by the international Alliance for Zero Extinction – the global conservation partnership that works to identify, map and safeguard sites holding the only known locations of highly threatened species – finds that nearly half of these ...

  • Okavango Delta, Botswana Photo: IUCN Photo Library / Alicia Wirz

    IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group announce new Co-Chairs

    06.11.2018

    The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) announce the appointment of two new Co-Chairs Dr Benson Okita-Ouma and Dr Robert Slotow.

  • IUCN Statement Photo: IUCN

    IUCN deeply alarmed at capital offence charge against Iran conservationists

    26.10.2018

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature is deeply disturbed as five IUCN member conservationists, including members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), are charged with crimes punishable by death in Iran.

  • Girl shrimp fishing in Costa Rica Photo: Vivienne Solis Rivera

    Community representatives call on London conference to guarantee equal role in tackling illegal wildlife trade

    12.10.2018

    Representatives from communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade are calling on governments meeting in London this week to recognise local communities as equal partners in conserving wildlife, strengthen their rights to land and increase benefits from...

  • People Not Poaching Learning Platform Photo: People Not Poaching

    New “People not poaching” platform supports communities as the first line of defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade

    11.10.2018

    Ahead of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London (11-12 October) a unique interactive website is being launched today to foster learning and share experiences on community engagement in combating poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. “People Not...

  • 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. 

  • Western gray whale and salmon set nets near Sakhalin Island Western gray whale and salmon set nets near Sakhalin Island Photo: No attribution

    Western gray whales at great risk from salmon nets – IUCN-backed study

    11.10.2018

    Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) - A new IUCN-backed scientific article published today finds that threatened western gray whales are at “very high risk” of entanglement in coastal salmon nets near Russia’s Sakhalin island, which often leads to their injury or death...

  • Orchids of various species harvested to make salep, Turkey Salep is a flour made from dried orchid tubers, which is used to make ice cream, hot drinks and other desserts, primarily in Turkey and the Mediterranean.  The trade affects as many as 19 orchid species in seven genera, involves the large-scale unregulated harvest in a number of countries, including Turkey, Iran and Greece.  Here, a number of different orchid species are sold at a market in Turkey. Photo: Amy Hinsley

    Illegal wildlife trade endangers plants — but few are listening

    09.10.2018

    At this week’s international Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London – plants - some of the world’s most trafficked and endangered wildlife aren’t on the agenda. 

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