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Finger coral in shallw water, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii

Ocean life facing a corrosive future - new report

The ocean moderates human-induced global warming but at the cost of profound alterations to its physics, chemistry, ecology and ecosystems services. These are the findings of a report published today in Science by the Oceans 2015 Initiative and co-authored by IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Marine Vice Chair, Dan Laffoley. …  

02 Jul 2015 | News story

Fishermen in the Great Lakes area

World Heritage site in danger: Man and nature in Virunga National Park

Among the World Heritage sites in Danger is Virunga National Park, which has been on the endangered list for more than 20 years. Over these years, Africa’s oldest national park has faced numerous threats, including armed conflict, poaching and the discovery and exploration of oil. …  

01 Jul 2015 | News story

Western Gray Whale and ship.

IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts

IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development and beyond in Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East. The application deadline is 20 August 2015. …   | Russian

29 Jun 2015 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, Manis javanica, Sunda Pangolin, Dan Challender

SOS and Fondation Segré announce new International Pangolin Conservation Initiative

This week, as the world’s first ever Pangolin Range States workshop takes place in Da Nang Province, Vietnam, SOS and Fondation Segré are delighted to announce a two-year international Pangolin Conservation Initiative taking place in Cameroon, Thailand and China. …  

26 Jun 2015 | News story

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Uncovering the secret lives of Timneh Parrots

Given the large numbers in captivity around the world, it seems incredible that almost nothing is known of the lives of wild Timneh parrots (Psittacus timneh).   …  

21 Jun 2015 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, Saiga, Saiga Conservation Alliance, 2010B-001

Catastrophic mass die-off of Saiga antelopes in Central Kazakhstan

In May 2015, death swept through the Saiga of Kazakhstan halving the population of this Critically Endangered antelope so fast it left scientists, experts and authorities scratching their heads. What could possibly cause such a catastrophe?   …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

UN Member States formally adopt a resolution for the introduction of legal measures to protect the high seas

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

Another significant step towards improved protection and management of the high seas was achieved today as UN Member States formally adopted a resolution for the development of legal measures to conserve marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

Seongsan Ilchulbong peak in Jeju, Republic of Korea

A step forward for the most recognised areas on the planet

Imagine you were awarded an Olympic medal for your athletic performance, a Michelin star for your cooking skills and the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal for your conservation work, would you be able to keep all three skills up to the highest standard? Now imagine a natural area that is partly listed as a World Heritage site overlapping with a Biosphere Reserve, contains four Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, all of which are incorporated into a wider Geopark – is it possible for all four international designations to be harmoniously managed? …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Dr Ashton James Berry, Mrs Kelly Hoareau and Ms Sylvanna Antha

Soft skills considered in academic curricula by University of Seychelles

The University of Seychelles is working towards including negotiation modules using the Mutual Gains Approach within their Governance and Stakeholder Engagement Course. This initiative is being led by three graduates of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme’s Negotiation Skills Training of Trainers held in February 2015, which equipped participants with skills to train and assist protected area practitioners in negotiation skills using the Mutual Gains Approach. …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Building drought resilience in Uganda and Kenya

From drought-stricken to stewards rising

Over 12 million hectares of productive land are lost each year due to desertification and drought, resulting in a further loss of 20 million tons of grain that could have been grown. Every year the international community marks 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to raise awareness of this global threat.  …  

17 Jun 2015 | News story

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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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