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Photo contest winners for the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation announced today the winners of the photo contest “A Mediterranean Image, A Biodiversity Story” …   | French | Spanish

28 Oct 2010 | News story

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Renewed energy from Nagoya

The long-awaited tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity - or CBD COP 10 - is almost over. In less than two days, thousands of delegates from all over the world will leave Nagoya, Japan after two weeks of intense negotiations, critical for the future of all life on earth. So what message will they take home with them? One of gloom and doom or one of positive energy and readiness for action? We ask Jeff McNeely, IUCN’s Senior Science Advisor what he thinks: …  

28 Oct 2010 | News story

Leaf with raindrops. Alotau, PNG.

The apple of discord: genetic diversity on the table in Nagoya

For the last eight years, parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have been unsuccessfully trying to adopt an agreement that would make sure that the benefits we derive from our planet’s genetic resources are shared fairly and equitably with biodiversity-rich but financially poor countries. This highly contentious deal is expected to be finalized in Nagoya. We ask Sonia Peña Moreno, IUCN’s Biodiversity Policy Officer, to explain why this issue has been so controversial. …  

28 Oct 2010 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

There is no Planet B

As the world is holding its breath before the final outcome of the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya tomorrow, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre addressed the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity calling for "a different kind of tipping point - a positive one that will guarantee a future for all life on Earth". …  

28 Oct 2010 | News story

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Nature’s backbone at risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, in Nagoya, Japan. …   | French | Spanish

27 Oct 2010 | International news release

A fine example of the traditional Satoyama landscape - Kaisho-no-mori Forest, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Preserving nature while feeding a growing world

Agriculture is the principal land use on the planet, and it depends on managing nature to produce food. Today saw experts from the field get together in Nagoya to look at how farmers can be assured the best help in developing strategies to protect biodiversity and their livelihoods.   …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

Community members planting a medicinal plant, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

We know how to save biodiversity

According to the latest assessment of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, one-fifth of the world’s mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes are threatened with extinction. But the study also provides clear evidence of the positive impact of conservation efforts around the globe: its results show that without conservation action, the status of biodiversity would have declined by nearly 20 percent. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

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‘Fingers crossed’ for threatened species

Every day biodiversity is being lost at up to 1,000 times the natural rate: almost 19 thousand species out of 52 thousand assessed so far are threatened with extinction and the results of the latest assessment of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today show that, on average, 50 species of mammal, bird and amphibian move closer to extinction each year due to the impacts of agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation and invasive alien species. …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Where are we heading?

As the momentum is building at the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya with only three days till the negotiations come to an end, we asked Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, for an update on the developments so far and his expectations of what lies ahead. Here is what he told us: …  

27 Oct 2010 | News story

Juliane von Mittelstaedt, joint winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting

Prize Goes to Forests in Madagascar and Brazil

The 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting goes to Anjali Nayar and Juliane von Mittelstaedt for their articles on saving the forests in Madagascar and Brazil. …   | French | Spanish

26 Oct 2010 | International news release