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The Horrid Ground-weaver (Nothophantes horridus)

Critically Endangered spider saved from planning development

IUCN is delighted that the petition launched by Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust to save the Critically Endangered Horrid Ground-weaver from planning development was a huge success! Buglife announced yesterday that this incredibly rare spider has been given a fighting chance of survival, after an appeal to build new houses in an old quarry was dismissed. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Zarqa River

Blog from the World Water Forum VII: It’s the economy…and a river runs through it

By James Dalton, IUCN Coordinator Water Initiatives. This year the focus of the 7th World Water Forum was on implementation – something everyone strives for but which can become forgotten at events often more intent on policy debate.  …  

09 Jun 2015 | News story

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Little Sydney - Protecting Nature in Europe conference

Little Sydney: A promising future for nature in Europe

Protected areas are and must remain at the heart of all nature conservation efforts if global and regional biodiversity and sustainable development targets are to be met.
More than 200 experts from five continents gathered at the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” conference in the medieval town of Hainburg, Austria, from 28-31 May 2015, to showcase and discuss original approaches for protected areas and nature conservation in Europe. Building on the outcomes of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, Little Sydney proved to be of the milestone international events on protected areas in Europe this year.   …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Collecting benthic organisms for ocean acidification pertubatino experiments, Svalbard, Norway

Heralding the next era of action on ocean acidification

Ten years on from when research into ocean acidification started in earnest, the leading scientists in this field have decided that time has come to reflect on what has been learned and to determine a course of action to tackle this very serious threat to our oceans. The Monaco Ocean Acidification Action Plan, launched today in Paris sets out to do just that. The Plan marks the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the continuing leadership of Monaco on ocean acidification issues. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

All levels of the marine web of life have a role to play in the carbon cycle

IUCN joins the Ocean's Call for the Climate

Heads of State, key personalities and 54 environmental organisations, including IUCN, today joined the "Call of the Ocean for the Climate", the starting point of a broad mobilization to encourage the public and decision-makers to give greater consideration to the oceans in climate negotiations. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Infographic 'Going with the Flow'. The natural capital of water, follow @IUCN_Water on Twitter

On Valuing Nature’s Water Infrastructure

Blog by Mark Smith, Director IUCN Water Programme. Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015. …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Despite conservation successes, 13% of European birds still at risk of extinction

The new European Red List of Birds, published today and produced by the European Commission and BirdLife International, reveals that 13% of European bird species are threatened with extinction, largely due to habitat loss and degradation and climate change. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Okavango Delta, a Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage Site

Safeguarding the world’s wetlands – let’s be bold, brave and ambitious

“We have to make the Ramsar Convention a catalyst for change – and change on a scale massive enough to stop and reverse a terrible history of wetland loss and destruction.” …   | Spanish

03 Jun 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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