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Whip Spider from a cave in Cambodia in an area being quarried for cement

Industry must act now to safeguard biodiversity threatened by limestone quarrying

A paper released today by a group of leading conservation organisations including IUCN urges companies and regulators in the extractive industry to protect biodiversity that is found only in limestone areas. …  

19 May 2014 | News story

IRUKA releases a new song for IUCN

Japanese singer and IUCN Goodwill Ambassador IRUKA releases a new song for IUCN

Japanese singer IRUKA is pleased to announce today’s release of her new CD We Love You Planet! Echo to our Planet, a song dedicated to IUCN on the 10th anniversary of her service as an IUCN Ambassador. …  

19 May 2014 | News story

Different stakeholders at the launch

Vietnam: The Ha Long Bay Alliance

Steep limestone pillars rising sharply out of the emerald green waters of Ha Long Bay – the image is synonymous with Vietnam. Every year, thousands of tourists visit this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site to experience its majestic beauty. The weight of these visitors combined with rapid regional industrialization, however, is straining the bay’s environmental health. In response, the U.S. government, in partnership with the provincial (Quang Ninh) People’s Committee, has recently launched the Ha Long Bay Alliance. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the alliance aims to improve environmental management and foster stronger cooperation and communication among stakeholders. …  

14 May 2014 | News story
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National Park of Djurdjura (Algeria)

North Africa key biodiversity areas project takes off

The project "Enhancement of biodiversity key areas in North Africa, through the involvement of civil society's organizations for their management and protection" was recently presented in Morocco and Algeria by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation team. Involving Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, this subregional project aims at improving the management and governance of protected areas and key biodiversity areas in the Mediterranean. The project is funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the framework of its strategic direction "Improving the conservation and the protection status of 44 Key Biodiversity Areas". …   | French | Spanish

12 May 2014 | News story

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) lifting up from roosting area for night feeding on rice fields in South Korea

Highlighting the role of ecotourism on World Migratory Bird Day

This weekend, the IUCN Global Species Programme is joining partners in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day 2014 and promoting this year’s theme of "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism". …  

10 May 2014 | News story

Lake Bogoria lesser flamingos

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD.   …  

10 May 2014 | News story

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New hope for spoon-billed sandpipers as hand-reared bird heads for breeding grounds

Continued heartening news for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) - the little bird that keeps defying the odds. The first of a hand-reared group of birds has been spotted migrating back towards where it was hatched by conservationists.   …  

10 May 2014 | News story

SOS save our species, AlTo, Maleo bird, Oliver Hensel Brown

Tompotika Youth Find Their Power in Conservation

A few weeks ago, something wonderful took place in Tompotika, Sulawesi with high school students championing the cause of local wildlife including the endemic and Endangered Maleo Bird. Marcy Summers, Project Director with the SOS grantee AlTo which is working to protect the Maleo, reports on something very special that took place amongst the dozen Tompotika high school students who spent February-March in an AlTo Art for Conservation project. …  

09 May 2014 | News story

Julia Miranda Londoño, WCPA Regional Chair for South America

Recognize protected area leadership

Nominations for the Packard awards are now open Deadline for nominations is 15 June 2014 …  

08 May 2014 | News story

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)

Hidden effects of climate change on species revealed in new study

A new study by partners of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), including the IUCN Global Species Programme (GSP), has revealed that climate change’s effects on species may be occurring through a disruption of the fundamental interactions that exist between species within an ecosystem. …  

06 May 2014 | 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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