Sur le terrain

The Caucasus - Kolkheti

The curious case of the Caucasus

The Caucasus is one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots. The impressive diversity of plants and animals that can only be found in this region makes it a globally important place for biodiversity conservation. But climate change and unsustainable use of natural resources, such as poaching, illegal logging or overfishing are growing threats to this unique mosaic of life. IUCN’s Southern Caucasus office, together with active participation of national governments, its eight member organizations and communities, has taken up the challenge to protect it. …  

02 May 2010 | News story

Workshop participants training in sustainable methods of processing West African pelagic fish.

Shark meat? Have a sardine!

Shark-finning - slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea - is an unsustainable practice that is threatening shark populations in West Africa, pushing them to the edge of extinction. By supporting the withdrawal of women from shark meat processing and teaching them how to process more abundant fish species, an IUCN’s project is providing long-term benefits to both local livelihoods and marine biodiversity in West Africa. …  

02 May 2010 | News story

Madagascan Flying fox (Pteropus rufus) 2008 IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable

Let the foxes fly

In eastern Madagascar, the Madagascan Flying Fox (Pteropus rufus) is hunted for bush meat and its habitat is threatened by agriculture and forest fires. IUCN’s community-based project in the area has succeeded in engaging local communities in protecting the species. …  

02 May 2010 | News story

Bruguiera gymnorhiza - flower

People and nature - living in harmony

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. …  

06 Feb 2010 | News story