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Pinta Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)

The 25 most endangered turtles and tortoises

Without concerted conservation action, many of the planet’s turtles and tortoises, iconic survivors from the Age of Dinosaurs, will become extinct within the next few decades. That’s according to a new report from the Turtle Conservation Coalition, a global alliance of conservation groups, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), which names the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

British High Commissioner, Malcom McLachlan and IUCN Oceania Regional Director, Taholo Kami with the cheque that will see the set up of the new environment compliance and enforcement course.

Low enforcement weakens environmental fight: new course to help

A new Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Certificate course will be offered from August this year as part of the University of the South Pacific’s calendar. This was revealed today when the British High Commission officially handed over the initial funding for the development of the course to IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

This newly discovered African Iris will be named Moraea vuvuzela after the trumpet enjoyed by South African soccer fans

Moraea vuvuzela discovered: New plant discovery commemorates 2010 World Cup

 In honour of the first Soccer World Cup held on the African continent, a newly discovered Iris species from Worcester Valley in the Western Cape has been named Moraea vuvuzela after the distinctive horn that has captured the unique spirit of the event. …  

01 Mar 2011 | News story
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IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office

IUCN Director General on board for socially-responsible business

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre as Board member of the UN Global Compact - the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative that encourages business to adopt sustainable and socially-responsible policies. …  

01 Mar 2011 | News story

Luiz Fernando Krieger Merico, Coordenador Nacional da UICN no Brasil

Queremos Realmente Proteger a Biodiversidade?

Article in Portuguese by Luiz Fernando Krieger Merico, Coordenador Nacional da UICN no Brasil. …  

01 Mar 2011 | Article
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Students wear t-shirt and posters promoting World Wetlands Day gather behind a large banner before starting the parade.

Cambodia joins the international celebration of wetlands

Banners promoting the importance of wetlands adorned the streets in five provinces of Cambodia throughout February this year. The capital Phnom Penh and provinces of Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, Battambang, Kok Kong and Pursat celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar convention for World Wetlands Day 2011. …  

28 Feb 2011 | News story

Deepwater Horizon rig in fire in the Gulf of Mexico.

State of the Gulf of Mexico - Summit II

SAVE THE DATE: State of the Gulf of Mexico - Summit II
Hosted by the Harte Research Institute
December 4 - 8, 2011
Omni Galleria Hotel
Houston, Texas   …  

28 Feb 2011 | News story
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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. …   | Chinese

28 Feb 2011 | News story

Bosques Amazónicos. Napo, Ecuador

Partners for the protection of Ecuador’s forests

The Ecuadorian Government is taking bold steps to protect the country's native forests - natural 'gold mines' that  store large amounts of carbon, harbour some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, and provide numerous other benefits to people and nature. …  

28 Feb 2011 | News story

White-collared peccary

Finding a better way

In one of the biologically richest places on earth, IUCN Members are helping to provide people with alternatives to income from the illegal wild meat trade that is threatening local wildlife. …   | Spanish

28 Feb 2011 | News story

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