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Celebrating Biodiversity

Healthy biodiversity is no luxury - it’s the foundation of all life on Earth

Gland, Switzerland, 23 March 2010 (IUCN) – 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. …  

24 Mar 2010 | News story

Arabian Oryx at the Shahaniya Oryx Centre, Qatar

Oryx of Arabia - the revival of a species

The Arabian oryx, which had all but disappeared from the wild in the late 1950s and early 1960s, has successfully been reintroduced to its native habitat thanks to captive breeding programmes, such as one at the Shahaniya Oryx Centre on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar, where the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is taking place. …  

23 Mar 2010 | News story

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

IUCN urges more holistic approach to elephant conservation at CITES

IUCN has urged a more holistic approach to elephant conservation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Doha, Qatar. During opening statements prior to discussing any specific elephant proposals at the conference, IUCN had the opportunity to urge Parties to rise above divisive and distracting stalemates in favour of more decisive action on the known problems facing African elephants in many parts of their range. Parties warmly welcomed IUCN’s thoughts. …  

23 Mar 2010 | News story

El Salvador

IUCN and Members form a Conservation Initiative on Human Rights

IUCN and seven other major conservation organisations are collaborating to promote human rights in conservation …   | French | Spanish

23 Mar 2010 | News story

Humphead wrasse wild and free in Indonesia

Marine issues swimming against the tide at CITES?

Marine issues have been high on the agenda at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Illegal, unmanaged and unreported fishing, as well as bycatch, is contributing to many species, such as sharks and commercial fish, becoming threatened. Dr. Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment Director, talks about the importance of CITES in helping to ensure the continued survival of marine species. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

Commission logo banded in gold.

CEC Newsletter - March 2010

The March 2010 issue of the IUCN CEC newsletter features action related to Biodiversity and Climate Change as well as new tools and resources. CEC is pleased to profile Sue Mainka, Wendy Price, Nancy Colleton and Gillian Martin Mehers, along with award winners Arturo Curiel and Suzana Padua. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

African Elephant

لنعمل معاً لحماية الفيلة

الدوحة، قطر- 22 مارس 2010 (الإتحاد الدولي لحماية الطبيعة) باتت قضية الفيلة قضية محورية خلال مناقشات مؤتمر الأطراف لاتفاقية الاتجار الدولي بالحيوانات والنباتات المهددة بالانقراض (CITES)، وعلى الرغم من ذلك فإن الحوار الانفعالي الذي دار حول موضوع المتاجرة بالعاج لم يصل إلى نتيجة، حيث استمرت الانقسامات وتعدد وجهات النظر حول طاولة النقاش. وقد أثار هذا قلق الاتحاد الدولي لحماية الطبيعة بأن ينحرف هذا النقاش عن مساره الحقيقي والذي من المفترض أن يقلل الآثار السلبية التي تنتج عن القتل غير الشرعي للفيلة الأفريقية. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story
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WANI / Tales of Water - El Salvador

IUCN supports World Water Day around the Globe

Celebrating this year’s World Water Day, Dr. Milika Sobey from the IUCN Oceania office in Fiji highlights the importance of ‘protecting forests, mangroves, and the restoration of river ecosystems to maintain and improve water quality which is vital to preserve ecosystem health, and ultimately provide clean water for people’. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

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