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Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop, Essaouira, 1 June 2012

IUCN Red Listing for Mediterranean seagrasses

At present, five of the 59 species of seagrasses assessed at global level are at a high threat of extinction. IUCN organised an IUCN Red Listing workshop on 1 June in Essaouira during the Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop organised by the Ecole supérieure de technologie Essaouira and the polydisciplinary faculty Safi Université Cadi Ayyad (Morocco) and supported by the Mediterranean Seagrass Association – Seagrass 2000. …  

07 Jun 2012 | News story

Hoary throated Spinetail (Synallaxis kollari)

Threat to the Amazon’s birds is greater than ever

The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, reveals the 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ update for birds released today by BirdLife International. The new assessment is based on models projecting the extent and pattern of deforestation across the Amazon. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jun 2012 | International news release

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

2012 marks the start of The International Year of the Rhino

Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare 5 June 2012 as the start of the International Year of the Rhino. President Yudhoyono took this step at the request of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and other conservation organisations, because the future survival of both the Javan and Sumatran Rhinos depends on effective conservation action in Indonesia. …  

05 Jun 2012 | Media advisory

Smalltooth Sawfish (Pristis pectinata) caught, tagged and released by the shark lab at Bimini field station (The Bahamas) on 5 May 2012

Securing a safe future for sawfishes

Shark and ray experts from around the world gathered last week at the Zoological Society of London to address the plight of the most threatened marine fishes in the world – the sawfishes. The group, convened by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Shark Specialist Group, is breaking new ground with the development of a focused global action plan to bring these iconic species back from the brink of extinction. …  

29 May 2012 | News story

Schisandra fruit is sustainably harvested by the project

Project supported by IUCN wins Equator Prize

An initiative developed between IUCN, TRAFFIC and WWF as part of the EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) to promote the sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants has been awarded the prestigious Equator Prize 2012. …  

25 May 2012 | News story

SOS dugong 2011A-005 EWT

Full force of the law needed to save stricken dugongs

Law enforcement is key to saving one of the world’s most threatened marine mammals - the Dugong (Dugong dugon) - and a project funded by SOS - Save Our Species is on the case in Mozambique. …  

23 May 2012 | News story

Barreleye fish (Macropinna microstoma)

The hidden wonders of marine biodiversity

Marine biodiversity is the theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May. Oceans cover about 70% of our planet’s surface area and there are an estimated 250,000 marine species. …  

22 May 2012 | Article

Saola habitat, Au Rong, Greater Annamites, central Vietnam.

Saola still a mystery 20 years after its spectacular debut

Two decades after the sensational discovery of a new ungulate species called the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), this rare animal remains as mysterious and elusive as ever. The Saola Working Group (SWG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn that the species is sliding towards extinction because of intensive hunting pressure and poor reserve management. …   | French | Spanish

21 May 2012 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

New online elephant database launched

ElephantDatabase.org, a joint project of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG), is a new site where the latest information from elephant surveys across Africa and Asia is easily accessible. …  

16 May 2012 | News story

UTI, SOS, warty glassfrog Centrolene heloderma, 2011A-011 11A-11-13

Mixed news on the rediscovery of rare frog species in Ecuador

A new population of the Critically Endangered glass frog (Centrolene heloderma) has been discovered in the cloud forests of the Pichincha Province of Ecuador.   …  

15 May 2012 | News story


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