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The vaquita of the Gulf of California is well on its way to extinction. The cause is bycatch in fishing nets

IUCN calls for immediate action to prevent the Vaquita’s extinction

Despite conservation efforts, numbers of Vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico, have continued to decline, from around 600‐800 animals in the early 1990s to about 100 animals today, according to the latest report of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On September 21st, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

Stefano Barchiesi, IUCN Water Project Officer

Blog: My World Water Week

By Stefano Barchiesi. I was looking forward to going back to World Water Week in Stockholm. Last year I couldn't go, but this year the theme was Water and Energy...key subjects taking me back to my university years.   …  

15 Sep 2014 | News story

Kesaia Tabunakawai of WWF and Taholo Kami of IUCN signing the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations

Global conservation organizations to partner together in the Pacific

Two of the world’s largest conservation organizations, IUCN and WWF, have agreed to formalize the collaboration of their efforts in the Pacific Islands to help the region achieve sustainable development and resource management. …  

12 Sep 2014 | News story

Taholo Kami of IUCN and David Sheppard of SPREP after signing the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations

Partnership between major environmental organizations in the Pacific

Two of the largest environmental organizations in the Pacific Islands region have renewed their agreement to enhance collaboration in key areas, after the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and IUCN Oceania signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week. …  

12 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

11A-004-028 Markhor in Tree WCS Pakistan, SOS Save OUr Species

Cultural Cooperation and Markhor Conservation in Gilgit-Baltistan

In some ways conservation of the Endangered Markhor (Capra falconeri) in northern Pakistan is complicated by geography according to SOS Grantee Mayoor Khan, Progamme Manager with WCS Pakistan. Tapping into the spirit of community that transcends the region’s physical and cultural borders is key. …  

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Ray in Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati

Launch of Pacific regional observatory for protected areas and biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is pleased to announce the commencement of an important new partnership that will see the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as the host organization for the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region. …  

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae)

Extinct snail re-discovered in Seychelles

A field expedition on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, has resulted in the re-discovery of the Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), which was declared extinct in 2007. This snail was locally abundant in the 1970s but its numbers fell rapidly, likely due to the increasing frequency of dry years on Aldabra as a result of climate change. The last time a living individual of the species was recorded was in 1997. …  

05 Sep 2014 | News story

Ministers signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at the UN 3rd International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa

Samoa leads five Pacific Island nations in signing up to the Pacific Mangroves Charter

Environment Ministers of five Pacific Island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu – have committed to increase efforts to conserve mangroves, by signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at a side event of the 3rd United Nations International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). …  

04 Sep 2014 | News story

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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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