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International Year of Biodiversity - investing in nature, improving lives

The International Year of Biodiversity has been launched at a ceremony in Berlin with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the world will face "enormous costs" if no action is taken to tackle climate change and to secure biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

11 Jan 2010 | International news release

Logo of the International Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is life

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard our irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act. …  

11 Jan 2010 | Event
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Species of the Day

Discover biodiversity - every day

To increase awareness of the enormous variety of life on our planet, and raise the profile of threatened species, we have launched the IUCN Red List ‘Species of the Day’. …  

06 Jan 2010 | News story

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

To save the planet, save the seas

Just like forests, the oceans can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by trapping and storing carbon. The underwater world's potential to buffer climate change should be highlighted as a cost-effective solution, writes Dan Laffoley, marine vice chair of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

04 Jan 2010 | News story
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International Year of Biodiversity – Investing in Nature, Improving Lives

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, an opportunity to find real solutions to safeguard the natural environment which mankind depends upon. IUCN is playing a key role in pushing for immediate action to protect species, ecosystems and natural resources before it’s too late. …  

23 Dec 2009 | Media advisory

Season Greetings 2009

Message from Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Gland, December 2009 

22 Dec 2009 | Event

Snow cover melting

Copenhagen climate summit: Copenhagen Accord a step in right direction, but insufficient

Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 December 2009, IUCN - World leaders in Copenhagen have taken a first and useful step to slow the course of climate change – a threat that is already affecting people, ecosystems and biodiversity in many parts of the world. A global, legally-binding climate change treaty must be the next step. …   | Chinese

19 Dec 2009 | International news release

UNFCCC COP15, Copenhagen

IUCN media brief: 16 December 2009 - progress too slow on adaptation

THE LATEST: There remains considerable disagreement on key issues related to finance, reporting on progress on adaptation, and even on what the final adaptation agreement will be called - between a “framework” and a “programme”. Coming in to Copenhagen, adaptation was seen as one of the areas where real progress could be made, but the emerging reality is that the negotiations on adaptation will need to go on well into 2010 - delays which only add to the urgency of coming to an agreement. …  

16 Dec 2009 | News story

rainforest

Don’t hold REDD hostage in Copenhagen

After good progress in week one, concerns remain that a deal on REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) could yet stall on a small number of unresolved issues, or could be sacrificed because of lack of progress in other areas of the bigger deal, says IUCN. …  

15 Dec 2009 | International news release
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African Black Rhino in Ngorongoro.

Rhino poaching surges in Asia and Africa

Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and IUCN. …  

01 Dec 2009 | International news release