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  • Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala) Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala) Photo: © Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela

    New technology can help map species on the IUCN Red List


    A novel method incorporating remote sensing data into species mapping demonstrates how the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species continues to evolve, increasing in accuracy and impact as new technologies emerge.

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

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


    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...

  • Western gray whale Photo: Dave Weller

    IUCN scientific panel calls for investigation of decline in prey of western gray whales


    IUCN’s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel is concerned that waters immediately outside the mouth of Piltun Lagoon in the Russian Far East may be losing their ability to support the recovery of Endangered western gray whales.

  • The Endangered Ring-tailed Lemur, found in Madagascar, is highly vulnerable to cyclones. Photo: © Zdeněk Macháček / Unsplash The Endangered Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), found in Madagascar, is highly vulnerable to cyclones. Photo: © Zdeněk Macháček / Unsplash

    IUCN study identifies primate species vulnerable to extreme climatic events


    A new study has assessed the vulnerability of primates to cyclones and droughts, identifying the areas where affected species are found. It highlights species with a high extinction risk according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, helping to...

  • 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


    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...

  • Selous Game Reserve, World Heritage, Tanzania Hippos in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    Selous reserve could lose World Heritage status if dam project goes ahead – IUCN


    The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania faces irreversible damage if plans to build the Stiegler’s Gorge dam go ahead, according to IUCN – the official advisor on natural World Heritage. Ultimately, this could lead to the reserve being removed from the World...

  • Snow Leopard Snow Leopard Photo: Snow Leopard Trust

    SOS Central Asia initiative calls for proposals


    IUCN SOS opens a Call for Proposals for grants under its Central Asia Initiative. Civil Society Organisations that would like to submit proposals focusing on the conservation of the Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) and the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia...

  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is part of the world’s largest mangrove forest, lying on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers and bordering India’s Sundarbans National Park, also a World Heritage site. Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    IUCN advises “in danger” status for three World Heritage sites


    IUCN, the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites to be listed as “World Heritage in danger”: the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North...

  • rainbow wheel for SDGs on left and words on right Photo: IUCN

    From helplessness to hope through restoration


    With successive waves of environmental foreboding predicted by the world’s leading scientific authorities, hopeful nature-based solutions for the planet’s future have never been more necessary. Fortunately, from increasing the productivity of degraded lands...

  • World Heritage, Terres et mers australes, France Terres et mers australes françaises, France Photo: IUCN / Wendy Strahm

    Huge sub-Antarctic area among five sites recommended by IUCN for World Heritage List


    The official advisory body on natural World Heritage, IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, recommends listing four new World Heritage sites for their outstanding natural value in Brazil, France, Iceland and Iran, and approving the extension...


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