Septiembre

Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

It’s not all about beauty

Coral reefs are often referred to as ‘tropical rainforests of the oceans’. Although they only cover 0.2% of the ocean’s floor, they contain 25% of its species, offering a spectacular overview of our oceans’ biodiversity. Corals are not only beautiful; they are also a vital source of income to many people throughout the tropical world. But at the same time, they are among the most vulnerable ecosystems, particularly threatened by climate change. So what is it like to work on protecting this precious realm of life? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Bruguiera gymnorhiza - flower

Satoyama: People and nature under one roof

Preserving and developing villages and farmlands in a sustainable way is just as important for biodiversity and human well-being, as is the conservation of wilderness. But to achieve this, we need to build a sound, harmonious and long-lasting relationship with nature. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Medoffice, Mediterranean, Island, Plants, Mediterranean Island Plants, IUCNMed, Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Red List, Top50, Allium calamarophilon

A peek behind the figures

The ‘global extinction crisis’ has been in the news for a while now and conservationists are constantly throwing figures at us to illustrate the overwhelming scale of biodiversity loss. “Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 29 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals are threatened with extinction” - many of us could lose sleep over this alarming data. But what exactly does it mean? Who calculates these figures and how? How do we know that a particular species is Vulnerable, Endangered, or Extinct? …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Women pastoralists taking part in participatory filming (Olbil, Tanzania)

Participatory Video in the Pangani Basin, Tanzania

Participatory Video, a new innovative way of capturing and sharing communities’ voices on social and environmental change, was recently introduced by the IUCN Water Programme. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

A sacred forest of a Christian community in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

When nature and people are one

As conservationists tear their hair out over the growing extinction rates of plants and animals, climate change effects and unsustainable development, there’s one forgotten element of the diversity of life that also urgently calls for their attention: the diversity of human cultures. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN Pakistan Witnessed an Attempt to Break the Guinness World Record for the Most Trees Planted

Karachi, September 29, 2010 (IUCN)

IUCN Pakistan monitored the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted by a single individual in 24 hours. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan Army. This record breaking event took place at Laweraiwala, Wazirabad by planting saplings of Delbergia Sissoo (shisham). Muhammed Yousuf Jamil, a Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) in the Pakistani Army has set a new Guinness World Record for most saplings planted in 24 hours. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Study tour participants

Enhancing Capacity-Building for Protected Area Management in the South Caucasus

20-24 September, Bonn Germany
Fifteen representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia came to the ELC  for a week of training on protected area management and governance.  During the seminar, participants exchanged views with experts from IUCN staff and IUCN membership and with other guest speakers on the involvement of the public in protected area management and planning, focusing on protected area co-management in particular. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Duba lilies, Okavango delta

Una de cada cinco plantas en el mundo está amenazada

Un análisis global del riesgo de extinción para el mundo de las plantas, conducido por el Royal Botanic Gardens de Kew, el Museo de Historia Natural Británico y la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN), revela que éste se encuentra tan amenazado, como lo está el mundo de los mamíferos, con una de cada cinco plantas del mundo amenazada de extinción. …   | English

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Primula veris, the winning photograph of NABU’s picture contest “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind...”

Where have all the flowers gone?

Volunteers from Münster, led by NABU – an IUCN Member and one of the country's oldest and largest environmental associations, have been working to preserve the region’s orchards and bring back the rich biodiversity they once supported. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Caribbean dream

The 2010 target set by governments to reduce biodiversity loss may not have been reached but the thousands of actions taken by partners to IUCN's 'Countdown 2010' initiative are an important step towards the improved status of biodiversity and increased public awareness. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

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