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Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN

Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK. …  

23 Nov 2015 | Article

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

New assessment highlights climate change as most serious threat to polar bear survival - IUCN Red List

A global re-assessment of polar bears highlights loss of sea ice habitat due to climate warming as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of the species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2015 | International news release

SOS Save OUr Species, Coq En Pate, Koguma

SOS partner Coq En Pate's Koguma launches on Kickstarter

Imagine a polar icecap coming to life before your eyes through the power of your mobile phone! That's Koguma - a piggybank for wildlife, in the shape of a polar bear. …  

17 Nov 2015 | News story

Sargasso Sea

IUCN and UNESCO explore how World Heritage can protect the high seas

Watch this video to learn why IUCN has joined forces with UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage Programme to explore how the World Heritage Convention could protect the high seas. …  

04 Nov 2015 | Article

Western gray whales in Sakhalin

Scientific panel to advise industry on how to lessen its impact on rare whales

IUCN has recently appointed a team of distinguished scientists, who will examine the impacts of oil and gas development on rare whales found off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island, just north of Japan. …   | Russian

19 Oct 2015 | News story

13A-064-013, Sawfish, DRDH, SOS Save Our Species

Tuning into Sawfish Conservation West African Style

Most people love a good story, reasons Armelle Jung, the AfricaSaw Project Coordinator with Des Requins et Des Hommes (DRDH), working in Western Africa to save sawfishes from entanglement in fishing lines. …  

15 Oct 2015 | News story

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

A sea change: new global commitments to oceans and sustainability

As the UN, governments, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world seems to be waking up to recognise the critical roles that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans can play in addressing current challenges, including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and disaster risk reduction. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Giant Clam in Vamizi Community Sanctuary, Mozambique

If you want to go far, go together: Community-based conservation in Vamizi Island, Mozambique

The Vamizi Community Sanctuary (CS) is located on the western side of Vamizi Island, covering an area of about 10,000 hectares of reefs, mangroves, sand flats and deeper waters, and extending five kilometres out to sea. Even though it is only ten years old, it is one of the most successful examples of a community-managed protected area in East Africa,  already generating measurable benefits. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Anne Walton

Anne Walton, NOAA - A career in marine conservation

Anne Walton has been a leading figure on marine protected area (MPA) issues, in the US and beyond, since the early 1990’s. She was instrumental in building up and leading NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program, which has benefitted MPA practitioners in over 30 countries. As Anne steps down from the leadership of the programme to move into new areas of marine conservation, we highlight her remarkable contributions to strengthening MPA management around the globe. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Participants of the Regional Technical Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015.

Less planning, more action on – and regional approach to - Pacific Islands bêche-de-mer fisheries

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga was honoured to host the inaugural Regional Technical bêche-de-mer (BdM) meeting in Nuku’alofa in October 2015. With the experiences and many challenges faced in sustainably managing the bêche-de-mer fishery in Tonga and the region as a whole, the Honourable Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries expressed his concern at the real problems behind the failure to sustainably manage this fishery. …  

06 Oct 2015 | Article