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Eriosyce chilensis

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List

Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published today in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - more threatened than mammals and birds.
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05 Oct 2015 | International news release

Pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), critically endangered species.

IUCN’s Harry Messel Award given to two conservationists in Asia

Two conservationists who work in Asia received the 2015 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership. The announcement of the winners was made last month during the IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting held in Abu Dhabi. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Mekong River

Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

White back and long billed vultures near Mithi Islamkot Tharparkar Sindh, Pakistan

Renewed Hope for the Vultures of Tharparkar, Sindh

The vulture population in Pakistan has steeply declined over the last 20 years, and accelerated efforts are now underway to save these large, magnificent birds from the many insidious threats they’ve been facing. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Aaranyak receives the 'Sansad Adarsha Gram Yojana - Good Practices' Award

Aaranyak receives Good Practices Award from India Ministry of Rural Development

Aaranyak, an IUCN Member, received the 'Sansad Adarsha Gram Yojana- Good Practices' Award, from the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India during an event in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 24 September 2015. …  

30 Sep 2015 | Article

Farmers discussing in different groups during the training

Connecting scientists and farmers

As part of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) in Vietnam, and following on from the first two phases of market analysis and development (MA&D) training in January and June, the Vietnam Farmer Union (VNFU) organized a phase 3 training in Hanoi for 24 farmers and local facilitators in Hanoi on August 13-17.   …  

30 Sep 2015 | Article
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Mapping community forest resources with villagers in Hue province

The power of persuasion - celebrating the new sustainable development agenda

As the conservation community celebrates the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the real work begins, says Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN. …  

26 Sep 2015 | Article

A waterfall in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Commentary: Where Are the Indonesian Conservation Experts?

Indonesia is the second-most important country in the world for conservation. It has more species than pretty much anywhere else in the world, but threats are high. Compared to many other countries things are still pretty good here. In fact, and despite the many depressing conservation stories, Indonesia remains the crown jewel of Southeast Asian conservation. Still, Indonesia is short on local biodiversity experts, which makes it so much harder to effectively deal with biodiversity conservation challenges. …  

25 Sep 2015 | Article

Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.    

24 Sep 2015 | Article

Scenic Spot of Longwanqun National Forest Park, Jilin, China

Call for participants: Protected Areas Law Teachers and Trainers Workshop

IUCN, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University, is offering a workshop for teachers and trainers in the Asian region. …  

24 Sep 2015 | Article