The forum will held in Tehran, Iran

The 6th Regional Conservation Forum is to take place in Iran in May 2007

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in November between IUCN WESCANA Regional Office and its state member in Iran, Department of Environment (DOE) to hold The 6th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) in Tehran during the period of May 22-25, 2007. This forum will provide a platform for all the experts, NGOs and governments in the region to participate and exchange knowledge to provide a secure living for a just and healthy environment in line with IUCN's vision. The forum theme is Community-Centered Conservation: Linking Local and Global Knowledge. …  

27 Dec 2006 | News story

A young Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis).

Vietnamese Pond Turtle Mauremys annamensis refound in wild by scientists after 65 years

Efforts to find the Vietnamese pond turtle, Mauremys annamensis, last officially recorded in the wild in 1941, yielded a major success last week when a young female turtle was successfully trapped by biologists in central Vietnam. Although specimens have occasionally been observed in wildlife trade, it had not been seen in the wild by scientists for 65 years. …  

20 Dec 2006 | News story

WGWAP Picture

New Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel agrees on way forward

Solutions to issues surrounding oil and gas development in the summer feeding habitat of the critically endangered western gray whale population began to emerge at the first meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) recently. …  

20 Nov 2006 | News story

An explosion of marine life surrounds healthy coral reefs in the Philippine's Verde Island Passage.

Rich Marine Life in the Heart of Southeast Asia's Coral Triangle Protected

The Verde Island sea passage, between the Philippine island of Mindoro and Batangas province, has been identified as the “centre of the centre” of the world’s marine shorefish diversity in a study by Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment co-ordinator, and Victor Springer of the Smithsonian Institute. …  

10 Nov 2006 | News story

Grants National Geographic Society

Description: The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures). …  

05 Nov 2006 | News story

Last siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus) in India

Landmark achievement in Whooping Crane conservation inspires efforts to save the Siberian Cranes

The first successful nesting of wild whooping cranes in the American Midwest since the 1890s marks an important milestone in the long running conservation programme to save the world’s rarest crane. …  

27 Oct 2006 | News story

A farmer drying Allanblackia seeds on the steps of his house

Beyond palm oil? Allanblackia oil supports local livelihoods and conservation in Ghana.

The oil obtained from the seeds of the Allanblackia tree has been used by local communities for some time however, the extracted seed-oil has never been used on a commercial scale. IUCN is collaborating with its members and partners on an initiative in Ghana which will feed into the best-practice guidelines for the wild picking of Allanblackia. …  

04 Oct 2006 | News story

Whale photograph

New scientific panel to keep the finger on the pulse of the endangered Western Gray Whale

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) convenes a new independent scientific advisory panel to monitor the impact of the Sakhalin II offshore oil and gas development on critically endangered Western Gray Whale population LINKS:


02 Oct 2006 | News story

Whale carcass

Minke Whale Carcass Washed Up On Sakhalin Coast

IUCN has received a report from Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) of a Minke whale carcass found on the Sakhalin Coast in the area of Dagi Bay. The incident was reported to IUCN by SEIC management staff on Saturday 02 September, 2006, soon after the carcass was sighted by a regular flight along the coast that looks out for marine mammal carcases.

04 Sep 2006 | News story

Dendrobates pumilio of Costa Rica.

Amphibian Global Action Team needed to avert an extinction catastrophe

The formation of an Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), to coordinate global conservation plans for amphibians in the face of a massive extinction catastrophe has been called for by a group of the world’s foremost amphibian experts, in the latest edition of the journal Science. …  

01 Sep 2006 | News story