Freshwater Species News

'The Amphibians' - Fire Salamander

New eBook showcases amphibian photography

A stunning new eBook ‘The Amphibians’ has been published by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) in collaboration with Meet Your Neighbours, a worldwide photography project reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps. The eBook features photographs of amphibians from around the world against a luminous white background. …  

12 Mar 2014 | News story

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid awarded the IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair's Citation of Excellence

In February 2014, Gordon McGregor Reid received the SSC Chair’s Citation of Excellence in recognition for his exemplary, visionary and charismatic leadership of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, between 2004 and 2013. The Citation of Excellence, created in 2004, is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the SSC. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2013

A global perspective on re-introduction

From mangroves to spiders, trout to bobcat, the latest edition of Global Re-introduction Perspectives presents 52 case studies on re-introduction projects from around the world. …  

05 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz

Conservation Groups Launch "Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz", Inviting 'Citizen Scientists' to Help Monitor Fish Species

The ‘Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz’ kicks off on World Wetlands Day to engage nature lovers in freshwater fish conservation. The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wetlands International, has joined forces with other international groups, namely World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, FishBase, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, to introduce this new global initiative. The BioBlitz project, designed by iNaturalist.org, will be hosted on the FFSG website. …  

02 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Hammerhead sharks

Shark expert and freediver joins IUCN’s ocean conservation mission

Despite the high profile media attention sharks receive, relatively little is known about their biology. Of those shark species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, nearly half are listed as Data Deficient, which means that we do not have enough information to assess their conservation status. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Urgent deal reached for African Elephants

Key states along the illegal ivory value chain have committed to urgent measures to halt the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | Dutch

03 Dec 2013 | News story

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Two species of albatross, the Leatherback Turtle and the Island Fox native to California’s Channel Islands are showing signs of recovery. …   | French | Dutch

26 Nov 2013 | News story

N. Buxa

Enabling the wise use of wetlands through integrated wetland management

An innovative action planning toolkit on wetland conservation and management is now available online. Funded by the European Commission, as part of the HighARCS project, the Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) Toolkit offers researchers, technical planners and policy-makers a systematic approach to conserving and sustainably managing aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity at any site scale. The toolkit provides a suite of methods and practices, together with insights from lessons learned. …  

19 Nov 2013 | News story

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Species Savers Profile: Aquatic Alwyn - Field Officer for Cape Critical Rivers Project

The river is flowing, albeit gently, and there is a man in the middle of it. Up to his neck in it but cool, calm and collected Alwyn Lubbe is a man gone fishing. He has just plucked a Clanwilliam Sandfish (Labeo seeberi) with his bare hands from the nets strung out across the streaming waters of the Gif river in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa.   …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story