News releases

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  | Dutch

19 Nov 2014 | International news release

Children in Simien National Park, World Heritage site, Ethiopia

New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage

Sydney, Australia – Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. 

18 Nov 2014 | International news release

Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction

Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the survival of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel and Chinese Cobra, while the destruction of habitat has caused the extinction of a Malaysian mollusc and the world’s largest known earwig, and threatens the survival of many other species – according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

17 Nov 2014 | International news release

China's Huangshan Mountain World Heritage site with its travertine pools

Green is the new gold

The Green List was launched to a rousing reception at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. …   | French

15 Nov 2014 | International news release

Ecotourism in the Southern Caucasus

Sustainable tourism in protected areas can be critical for their survival, says new IUCN report

Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014 (IUCN) – Increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, provided well-functioning management systems are in place, according to a new report unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.   …  

14 Nov 2014 | International news release

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

New UNEP report unveils world on track to meet 2020 target for protected areas on land and sea

15.4% of terrestrial areas, 3.4% of oceans protected, but further progress needed to cover and effectively manage areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services  …   | French | Spanish

13 Nov 2014 | International news release

Lake Turkana, World Heritage site, Kenya

Positive outlook for two thirds of natural World Heritage sites, says IUCN

Sydney, Australia, 13 November 2014 (IUCN) – Over 60% of natural areas inscribed on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time, while others face critical threats such as invasive species, impact of tourism, poaching, dams and logging, according to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2014 report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.  …   | French | Spanish

13 Nov 2014 | International news release

A Yellow Hornbill in Kruger National Park, South Africa

A fraction of global military spending could save the planet’s biodiversity, say experts

Only one in four protected areas is well managed. …  

05 Nov 2014 | International news release

Chimpanzees in Taï National Park Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis

Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), closing today in South Korea. …   | Spanish

17 Oct 2014 | International news release

Inger Andersen

Inger Andersen named IUCN Director General

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today the appointment of Inger Andersen as the new Director General of the Union starting in January 2015. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Oct 2014 | International news release

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