2013

Woman with baby carrying water back from the well to her village, near Catine, Mozambique

First-ever Environment and Gender Index ranks 72 countries

Warsaw, Poland 19 November 2013 — Today at the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will release the first-ever Environment and Gender Index which monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena. …   | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2013 | International news release

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IUCN steps up the pace on investigating climate change impacts on wildlife

At a time when global climate change is among the most important of issues for humankind to address, there remains significant uncertainty about how changes in the climate system will impact upon the world’s species and ecosystems, not to mention how societies and decision-makers might go about reducing these impacts. In response to this, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has recently formed a new group of international experts who will focus on topics surrounding climate change impacts on biodiversity. …  

18 Nov 2013 | News story

Chief guests and organisers of the Science Film Festival 2013

Science and cinema: Raising environmental awareness using film

The 9th Science Film Festival was inaugurated on 15 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Goethe-Institut is the leading organiser, together with the Ministry of Education and the National Science Museum. IUCN is one of the partners of this annual festival, under its Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project. …  

15 Nov 2013 | Article
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Tiger in Ranthambore National Park in India

IUCN Green List boosts partnership with a new tiger conservation initiative at the Asia Parks Congress

In a move that will better connect protected areas management and tiger conservation, IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative signed a mutual cooperation agreement on the development of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas today at the 1st Asia Parks Congress in Sendai, Japan. …  

15 Nov 2013 | International news release

Women fishing near mangrove area in Lami, Fiji.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency renews its commitment to IUCN’s work

An agreement to support IUCN’s 2013-2016 work programme, signed recently by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and IUCN, is a significant boost to global biodiversity conservation efforts that benefit people and safeguard natural resources. …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story

Women fishing in Mayotte

Nature-based solutions at European Development Days

IUCN will host the event Nature-based solution to development needs during this years' edition of the European Development Days, the annual high-level event on development aid organised by the European Commission.  …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story
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Myanmar: From water to mountains

Myanmar seeks global standards to conserve its natural heritage

Myanmar is renewing efforts to implement the World Heritage Convention. As the country opens up to international conservation processes, IUCN is providing expertise to help identify potential natural heritage sites. …  

15 Nov 2013 | Article

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Species Savers Profile: Aquatic Alwyn - Field Officer for Cape Critical Rivers Project

The river is flowing, albeit gently, and there is a man in the middle of it. Up to his neck in it but cool, calm and collected Alwyn Lubbe is a man gone fishing. He has just plucked a Clanwilliam Sandfish (Labeo seeberi) with his bare hands from the nets strung out across the streaming waters of the Gif river in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa.   …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story

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Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Nov 2013 | News story

Camera-trap photo of Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) - taken on 7 September 2013 at early evening shows a single Saola moving along a rocky forest valley stream in a remote corner of the Central Annamite mountains of Vietnam.

Elusive Saola caught on camera!

Last photographed in Laos in 1999, a living Saola has been recorded by camera trap in central Vietnam. Three photographs of the same adult Saola were taken by an automatic camera trap set in a protected area, under a project by the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department and WWF. It shows the animal in early evening, moving along a rocky stream in the forest. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story