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In April 2012 - after years of international negotiations - the world's governments agreed to establish IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. 

IUCN  has been involved in the IPBES negotiations since the very beginning and strongly supports ongoing work leading to the Platform's full functionality. As requested by its Members, IUCN will support not only the IPBES design phase but also the delivery of its first work programme 2014 - 2018.  This web section provides an exhaustive overview of IUCN's ongoing contribution to IPBES. 

 

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The American red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a freshwater turtle usually sold as a pet, and now introduced in several European countries where it represents an ecological threat for the indigenous fauna and flora.

European Parliament adopts legislation to tackle invasive alien species at EU level

The European Parliament today adopted legislative plans to prevent the introduction and manage the spread in the EU of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage. The legislation aims to tackle the threat through better, more coordinated action by member states, and provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”. …  

16 Apr 2014 | News story

Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea

Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

On 2 April 2014, IPBES issued the second call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN's network, especially in the light of the Resolutions from the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on IPBES itself, and on IUCN’s role in the Platform. …  

11 Apr 2014 | News story

Estepa patagónica. Área Natural Protegida Cuchillo-Curá. Argentina.

UICN afina la Lista Verde de Áreas Protegidas

 La UICN viene trabajando en la preparación de la Lista Verde de Áreas Protegidas, herramienta que reconoce los logros y el trabajo de conservación de las distintas áreas protegidas en el mundo. …  

10 Apr 2014 | News story

Expert Panel Visit to Holcim site in Costa Rica

Helping business understand biodiversity management

Today the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a new guide that aims to expand business understanding and use of biodiversity information to help manage their environmental impact. …  

10 Apr 2014 | News story

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New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation took place during the workshop on Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas held in Cadaqués (Spain), organised by the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalunya, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the MAVA Foundation. …   | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture

Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

02 Apr 2014 | International news release

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Project launch “Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh”

Hoolock gibbon, fishing cat, elephant, saltwater crocodile, bird wing, Bangladeshi cricket frog, ring lizard, and the olive ridley turtle have something in common:  while occurring in Bangladesh they represent an important part of the country’s remarkable and extraordinary faunal biodiversity. However they also have in common that observing those wonderful and astonishing animals in the wild takes place only on rare occasions and therefore national experts and scientists have put them on the red list assessment list together with around 1700 animal species and declared them of being presumably threatened in their existence either in Bangladesh or globally and suggested urgent status clarification. …  

27 Mar 2014 | Article

Hombre en bote en el humedal Térraba Sierpe, Costa Rica.

Lista Roja de Ecosistemas revela grado de amenaza que enfrentan ecosistemas

En el marco del IV Congreso Mesoamericano de Áreas Protegidas, la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN), en conjunto con el Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) realizaron una presentación en el Pabellón SOS de la UICN acerca de los avances y resultados preliminares de la Lista Roja de Ecosistemas aplicada en Costa Rica. A la fecha, la Lista Roja ha permitido iniciar con la identificación de los ecosistemas en Costa Rica que están siendo amenazados, debido principalmente a una reducción de su tamaño a través del tiempo y a los efectos de acciones como el cambio de uso de la tierra y la tala ilegal, entre otras.   …  

26 Mar 2014 | News story
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Dr Jon Hutton

Aiming high: Can we reach global conservation goals?

In 2010 the international community set 20 conservation targets. They include the goal that 17% of the earth’s terrestrial area and 10% of marine and coastal areas are conserved by 2020. Is this achievable? Dr Jon Hutton, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre responds. …  

17 Mar 2014 | Article

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Celebrating a new Red Book in Croatia

The State Institute for Nature Protection of Croatia and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts have launched two bird conservation publications of great importance, the Red Book of Birds of Croatia and the Croatian Bird Migration Atlas. On this occasion, all the so far published Red lists and Red data books of Croatia were exhibited, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

12 Mar 2014 | News story
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