News releases

Ogasawara Islands, Japan

Asian leaders and IUCN establish new partnership for protected areas

Senior government officials from 12 Asian countries and IUCN agree to establish a new transboundary Asian partnership on protected areas, following a meeting in Bangkok last week. …  

28 Apr 2014 | International news release

Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture

Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

02 Apr 2014 | International news release

Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry

Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding

The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today. …  

31 Mar 2014 | International news release

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

NOAA

Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

12 Mar 2014 | International news release

Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

Western Gray Whale in Sakhalin

Keeping whales safe in sound

A unique collaboration between the oil and gas industry, scientists and conservationists proves a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales and other species. …   | Russian

20 Jan 2014 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade

As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and IUCN, new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next 10 years. …   | French | Dutch

02 Dec 2013 | International news release

American bullfrog (Lithobates
catesbeianus)

Science first, say 235 experts on the EU proposal on invasive alien species

Today a group of 235 individual experts and organisations from 36 countries, including 23 EU Member States, published a joint statement calling on the European institutions to adopt a science-based approach for the EU-wide legislation on invasive alien species. The Call was coordinated jointly by BirdLife Europe, IUCN European Union Representative Office and Neobiota. …  

27 Nov 2013 | International news release

Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape

Governments must commit to providing significant funds for climate change adaptation

Ministers meeting at global climate talks in Warsaw should heed the lessons of past disasters  | Spanish

20 Nov 2013 | IUCN statement