News releases

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Healthy biodiversity is no luxury - it's the foundation of all life on earth

IUCN calls for a clear post-2010 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity. We have failed to meet the target adopted through the Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and we are currently witnessing the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared from our planet 65 million years ago. Urgent action is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences, both for nature and for people around the world. …   | Chinese

23 Mar 2010 | International news release

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Only one in four shark proposals adopted at CITES

Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted in favour of only one of four proposals to list shark species under CITES Appendix II, which requires international trade to be monitored and regulated. …  

23 Mar 2010 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

For elephants' sake – let’s get our act together

The elephant issue remains central to CITES though, unfortunately, the emotiveness of the ivory debate has not dissipated and the divisions are as deep now as at any time in the past. IUCN is concerned that much of this may be diverting efforts from the real issues and what must really be done to reduce the impact of illegal killing on Africa’s elephants. …  

22 Mar 2010 | International news release

Acipenser sturio

Sturgeon more critically endangered than any other group of species

Eighty five percent of sturgeon, one of the oldest families of fishes in existence, valued around the world for their precious roe, are at risk of extinction, making them the most threatened group of animals on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The latest update of the Red List assessed the status of 18 species of sturgeon from all over Europe and Asia and found that all were threatened.  …  

18 Mar 2010 | International news release

Coenonympha orientalis

Habitat loss blamed for more species decline

Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies. The release of the European Red List, commissioned by the European Commission, shows that nine percent of butterflies, 11 percent of saproxylic beetles (beetles that depend on decaying wood) and 14 percent of dragonflies are threatened with extinction within Europe. Some species are so threatened that they are at risk of global extinction and are now included in the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2010 | International news release

African rhino

Put CITES on your menu

Background: Key decisions on the international trade of bluefin tuna, sharks, polar bears and coral, among many other species, will be decided at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which takes place from 13 to 25 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar. …  

11 Mar 2010 | Media advisory

Bison on the American Prairie Reserve

Bringing bison back to North America

The next 10 to 20 years could be extremely significant for restoring wild populations of American bison to their original roaming grounds. But for this to happen, more land must be made available for herds to roam free, government policies must be updated and the public must change its attitude towards bison. …  

02 Mar 2010 | International news release

The Juan Fernandez Firecrown, threatened by a range of introduced plant and animal species on Isla Robinson Crusoe, Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile

Impact of nature’s invading aliens measured for first time

  Invasive Alien Species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), of which IUCN is a partner. Most countries have made international commitments to tackle this threat, but only half have introduced relevant legislation and even fewer are taking adequate action on the ground.
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22 Jan 2010 | International news release

Green heron (Butorides striatus) among mangrove roots, Sri Lanka.

Aires protégées – des solutions naturelles à la crise du changement climatique

Les aires protégées offrent une solution rentable pour lutter contre les effets des changements climatiques, selon une étude de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), The Nature Conservancy, le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD), la Banque mondiale, et le WWF. Les principaux faits et chiffres, ainsi que les conclusions de cette étude sont à présent disponibles en français.  
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21 Jan 2010 | International news release

Forest dwelling children

International Year of Biodiversity - investing in nature, improving lives

The International Year of Biodiversity has been launched at a ceremony in Berlin with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning that the world will face "enormous costs" if no action is taken to tackle climate change and to secure biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

11 Jan 2010 | International news release