Adult lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

SSC Specialist Group celebrates success of the First International Tapir Symposium

Gland, Switzerland (20.12.01) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Global efforts towards tapir conservation have received great impetus thanks to the success of the First International Tapir Symposium that took place in Costa Rica recently. …  

20 Dec 2001 | News story

Recovery of the Kunene rhinos - Knights of the Namibian desert

Gland, Switzerland (01.11.01) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. An IUCN Species Survival Commission member is central to the remarkable recovery of some of the most unusual members of the rhino world - the desert-dwelling black rhino of Namibia. …  

01 Nov 2001 | News story

IUCN/SSC Specialist Group involved in plan to rescue wild alligators in China

Gland, Switzerland (26.09.01) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Significant steps towards the conservation of the last "wild dragons" in China have been made thanks to the hard work of IUCN's Crocodile Specialist Group members and Chinese and international experts. …  

26 Sep 2001 | News story

Worldwide efforts to save bats boosted by launch of IUCN Action Plan at international conference

Gland, Switzerland (06.08.01) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The launch of a new IUCN bat Action Plan at an international conference in Malaysia has served as a rallying cry to conservationists worldwide to step up efforts to halt the alarming declines in bat populations. …  

06 Aug 2001 | News story

IUCN leads international cooperation to combat the growing "bushmeat" problem

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 27.07.01. IUCN is taking the lead on international cooperation to combat the unsustainable use of wild meat that is having a devastating effect on wildlife populations and threatening food security for many local communities. …  

27 Jul 2001 | News story

SSC expertise called on for strategy to save Europe's plants

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 12.07.01. IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) is playing a key role in developing a strategy to save Europe's diverse but highly threatened plant life. …  

12 Jul 2001 | News story

Bats hiding out in an opening heliconia leaf. Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.

The truth about bats - A new Action Plan to boost their conservation

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 28.06.01. A new Action Plan that unveils the often feared, but fascinating world of bats and provides a framework for their conservation worldwide has been published by IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) to coincide with "International Year of the Bat." …  

28 Jun 2001 | News story

Rediscovery of "extinct" species on Mauritius spurs joint action to secure its future

Gland, Switzerland (IUCN) 21.06.01. The rediscovery of a Mauritian plant last seen in the wild in 1863 has spurred collaborative efforts on the island to help save the species. …  

21 Jun 2001 | News story


Caviar Industry Donates US$10,000 to Sturgeon Conservation

Gland, Switzerland (11.06.01) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The International Caviar Importers Association (ICIA), has generously agreed to provide a grant of US$10,000 to support the work of the Sturgeon Specialist Group (SSG) of IUCN's Species Survival Commission. Ten members of the Association will each contribute US$1,000 to enable the Group to retain a part-time executive officer and obtain communications equipment. …  

11 Jun 2001 | News story

Wider Caribbean Region Hawksbill Turtle Dialogue

Communiqué: A first meeting of the Wider Caribbean Hawksbill Turtle Range State Dialogue was convened on 15-17 May 2001 in Mexico City. This meeting was attended by 34 States and Territories (see Annex) and focussed on issues relating to conservation and trade in hawksbill turtles in the Wider Caribbean region. The status of the species has generated extensive discussion at recent meetings of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. The meeting was convened in response to a consensus amongst the range States to provide an opportunity to make progress towards strengthening dialogue and co-operation in the region on issues of common concern. Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the World Wildlife Fund US provided the necessary finances. IUCN - The World Conservation Union and the CITES Secretariat served as facilitators for this meeting. Ms. Diana Ponce Nava, of Mexico, served as chairperson of the meeting. …  

15 May 2001 | News story