• Araripe manakin Photo: Ciro Alanbo

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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. 

  • James Thomas Harris with Binoculars Photo: IUCN SSC ICF

    James Thomas Harris Obituary


    With grateful appreciation of Jim’s 34 years of tireless service to the cranes of the world and his colleagues at the International Crane Foundation and abroad.

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Photo: David Weller

    IUCN seeks whale conservation expert to lead advise on industry development impacts


    IUCN invites applications for the Chair of its Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) to provide objective independent advice on the impacts to whales and their marine habitat during offshore oil and gas development and beyond. The position will run for...


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