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These franciscanas died in gillnets in Brazil. Fishing nets are the greatest present danger to most small cetaceans

Small cetacean species may not survive another decade warns new landmark publication

IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland, 14.05.03. A new publication on the status of the world's cetaceans - whales, dolphins and porpoises, offers a stark warning that the smaller, lesser-known species such as the baiji (or Yangtze River dolphin) may not survive the next decade.   …   | French

14 May 2003 | News story

Homo Sapiens in the picture

January 17, 2003,Human Behaviour Not Numbers: Major Threat to Species on the IUCN Red List, IUCN welcomes the discussion generated by scientists in the United States but says the changes to the Categories and Criteria for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species would be unwarranted. …  

17 Jan 2003 | News story

IUCN/SSC and TRAFFIC launch project to review CITES proposals

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 06.06.02. Today marks the start of an intensive three months for IUCN's Wildlife Trade Programme and TRAFFIC as a major project begins providing technical reviews of proposals submitted to change the listing of plant and animal species on the CITES Appendices. …  

06 Jun 2002 | News story

Nurse sharks in Belize

SSC Shark Specialist Group receives over US$200,000

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 30.05.02. The SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) has received funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Packard Foundation to support its important and broad-ranging work.

30 May 2002 | News story

SSC Specialist Group central to the fight against invasive alien species on islands

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 25.04.02. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of IUCN's Species Survival Commission is central to implementing a new initiative aimed at combating invasive alien species on islands. …  

25 Apr 2002 | News story

SSC Specialist Group provides first online database on all 11,000 ant species

Gland, Switzerland, 08.03.02. IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Ants are one of the most ecologically important groups of animals, and are also considered one of the worst invasive species. They can turn more soil than earthworms, are the main herbivores in tropical South America, and make up to one third of the animal biomass in a rainforest. Yet social insects (ants, bees, wasps, and termites), are not included in mainstream conservation efforts and most of the information that could be used to conserve or manage them is not catalogued or easily available. …  

08 Mar 2002 | News story

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Launch of the Global Mammal Assessment and Partnership

Gland, Switzerland, 07.03.02. IUCN-The World Conservation Union. In an effort to develop new ideas on biodiversity assessment, using mammals as a test case, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has joined forces with several other conservation organisations to form a Global Mammal Assessment and Partnership. …  

07 Mar 2002 | News story

Medoffice, Mediterranean, Island, Plants, Mediterranean Island Plants, IUCNMed, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Red List, Top50, Anthemis glaberrima

SSC and the CBD Global Plant Conservation Strategy

Gland, Switzerland, 26.02.02. IUCN-The World Conservation Union. SSC headed IUCN's input to the recent meeting convened by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which outlined sound technical rationales for specific targets that will be included in the emerging Global Plant Conservation Strategy. …  

26 Feb 2002 | News story

Humphread wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), a highly prized food fish. Over-fishing is having a serious impact on many populations.

The humphead wrasse - A conservation challenge taken up by SSC Specialist Group

By Yvonne Sadovy, Chair, Grouper & Wrasse Specialist Group, An extract from Species - the SSC newsletter, issue 36 …  

17 Feb 2002 | News story


Launch of the first Dugong Status Report and Action Plan

Cartagena, Colombia 13.02.02. IUCN's Director General, Achim Steiner, and Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a joint publication, Dugong: Status Report and Action Plans for Countries and Territories, during the seventh special session of UNEP's Governing Council in Columbia yesterday. …  

13 Feb 2002 | News story

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