Woman preparing maize. Annapurna, Nepal

Knowledge drives action

The ground-breaking work of IUCN’s six commissions is highlighted in the latest issue of the journal S.A.P.I.EN.S. …  

24 Aug 2012 | News story

Brotia armata, a species  from central Thailand

Freshwater species in Indo-Burma region under threat

An assessment of 2,515 described freshwater species in the Indo-Burma region by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners has revealed that 13% of these species are threatened with extinction. The report comes at a time when large scale hydrological development is underway, or is proposed, throughout this region which is known for its exceptionally high diversity of freshwater species. …  

22 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN and Jack Dangermond, ESRI

Esri International User Conference

IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre gave a keynote presentation at the Esri User Conference held in July 2012 in San Diego, California. Attended by 15,000 people from 130 countries, this conference showcased innovative applications and the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). …  

14 Aug 2012 | News story

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Gold medalists of the natural world

Running, jumping and diving is on everyone’s mind these days as the London 2012 Olympic Games kick off and the world watches the best human athletes compete. But humans aren’t the only ones that display incredible feats of athleticism–today IUCN offers up the gold medalists of the animal kingdom. …  

27 Jul 2012 | Article

Alexine with three baby peccaries

Protecting more than just the cute and cuddly

Continuing our series of Conservation Heroes blogs are Resit Akçakaya, Dr Alexine Keuroghlian and Grahame Webb, whose work focuses on aspects of conservation that are not normally considered to involve cute and cuddly species. …  

24 Jul 2012 | Article

Bleeker's Parrotfish (Chlorurus bleekeri)

Latest IUCN Red List assessment finds parrotfish and surgeonfish facing heightened risk of localized extinction

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ found that 86% of the populations of parrotfish and surgeonfish face a low risk of extinction globally, but they do face a heightened risk of extinction regionally—especially in areas like the Coral Triangle. These results were published this week in the journal PLoS ONE. …  

18 Jul 2012 | Media advisory

24 hour old SBS chick © Paul Marshall WWT

First ever Spoon-billed Sandpiper chicks hatch in the UK

Fourteen Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers were hatched in captivity last week after precious eggs were rushed thousands of miles from Arctic Russia to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the UK. This operation is part of an SOS - Save Our Species supported project implemented by IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) member, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). 

17 Jul 2012 | News story

IUCN logo

IUCN Director General to Speak at Esri International User Conference

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, will speak at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California, on July 23, 2012. Esri is the largest developer of geographic information system (GIS) technologies in the world. …  

16 Jul 2012 | Media advisory

Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

Sea turtle conservation in French Guiana

Located within the unique Amazon ecosystems of French Guiana is Awala-Yalimapo beach, the most important nesting site for endangered Leatherback turtles and an essential habitat for Green and Olive Ridley turtles. An evaluation of the recovery plan for these turtles has recently been conducted to assess its effectiveness and to account for the progress that has been made since its implementation over the last five years. …  

16 Jul 2012 | News story
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Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)

Innovative insurance scheme saves snow leopards

In the rocky Himalayan Mountains of Baltistan, of northern Pakistan, the elusive and beautiful snow leopard (Panthera uncial) is in a battle for survival. …  

10 Jul 2012 | Article

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