News releases

Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana

Raise the value of forests, says IUCN

A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2011 | International news release

Groundwater dependant ecosystems support livelihoods in Vietnam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Background: Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. This year’s World Wetlands Day also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention. Ramsar protected wetland sites cover an area of 186 million hectares, about the size of Mexico, the largest protected area network in the world. …  

31 Jan 2011 | Media advisory

Pygmy Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?

Background: Celebrations begin on Thursday 3 February 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit. However, as we enter this new cycle in the Chinese zodiac, conservationists are warning that, in spite of their reputation as prolific breeders, nearly one in four rabbits, hares and pikas - from the order known as lagomorphs - are classified as Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jan 2011 | Media advisory

Brasil

Floods in Brazil – interview partners available

Background: Heavy rains and floods have caused large mudslides in south-eastern Brazil. The floods have not only caused damage to human life, which totals around 500 deaths so far, but also thousands have been made homeless and key infrastructure has been destroyed. …   | Spanish

15 Jan 2011 | Media advisory

Harvesting fish from an agricultural irrigation channel between Taungoo and Mandalay  Ayeyarwaddy Division  in Myanmar

Freshwater species at risk in Eastern Himalaya development surge

Development of water resources in the Eastern Himalaya region is expanding at a rapid rate and there is a serious lack of information to guide conservation and development planning. This is putting freshwater ecosystems and the species within them at risk, along with the livelihoods and economies of local communities which they support. …  

13 Jan 2011 | International news release

Macaya Burrowing Frog, Eleutherodactylus parapelates. Critically Endangered

Mozart and ventriloquial frogs sound a note of hope and warning for Haiti’s recovery

As the people of Haiti mark a painful anniversary this week and slowly rebuild their earthquake-torn country, scientists from Conservation International (CI) and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) report news they hope might become a source of pride and hope for the country’s environmental future: the surprising re-discovery of six species of globally unique frogs in the country’s severely degraded tropical forests, which had been lost to science for nearly two decades. …  

12 Jan 2011 | International news release

UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo

Foundation for climate deal laid in Cancun - IUCN

Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps that set up a 'global climate fund' to help poor nations create a mechanism to share clean technologies, protect tropical forests and help the poor adapt to impacts ranging from storms to rising sea levels, says IUCN. …   | Spanish

10 Dec 2010 | International news release

PNN Defensores del Chaco

Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN

Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2010 | International news release

Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea

Bring back lost and degraded forests, says IUCN

Preliminary analysis shows that an estimated 1.5 billion hectares of the world’s lost and degraded forests, an area almost the size of Russia, could be restored. This is the result of the latest global research, which now needs to be expanded at a national level to identify specific on the ground opportunities, says IUCN.   …  

04 Dec 2010 | International news release

IUCN spokesperson Carole Saint Laurent speaking at the 'women in REDD' event, UNFCCC Cancun

Women in REDD critical for climate action

Cancun, Mexico. Women must be included in all international efforts to save the world’s remaining forests and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, according to IUCN. …   | Spanish

02 Dec 2010 | IUCN statement