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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business

The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.    

24 Sep 2015 | Article

Grizzly Bear, Banff National Park, Canada

World Heritage status for wilderness helps respond to climate change

Nature experts, including several IUCN specialists, are calling for a new approach to conserving wilderness areas under the World Heritage Convention in a paper published today in Conservation Letters. Inscribing wilderness sites on the World Heritage List and improving their connectivity would help respond to climate change and biodiversity loss, according to the article. …  

09 Sep 2015 | News story

Ariel Brunner of BirdLife Europe

The pros and cons of biodiversity offsets

Protecting forests and restoring wetlands are some of the actions companies and governments are taking to make up for biodiversity lost as a result of their development activities. These measurable conservation actions - designed to compensate for unavoidable impacts, on top of prevention and mitigation measures already implemented - are known as biodiversity offsets. The goal of offsets is to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity on the ground in relation to species’ numbers, habitat and ecosystem function. …  

07 Sep 2015 | Article

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

Ocean Elder

The importance of regional networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and how to achieve them - An opinion piece by Graeme Kelleher AO

Graeme Kelleher is an “Ocean Elder”, a long-standing active WCPA member and author of the WCPA “Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas”, among many other publications. Based on decades of experience, Graeme has distilled some of his thoughts on how best to go about conservation involving marine protected areas, which we are happy to promote here. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

IUCN delegation to the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting

From academia to international practice

Manami Watanabe takes us through her experience as Trainee with IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

African elephant flapping its ears.

CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade

Geneva, 28 August 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region. …  

28 Aug 2015 | International news release

Underground in La Malogne, with (L) fellow evaluator Aniello Aloia, and representatives of the candidature.

Europe leading the way on World Heritage and nature conservation performance

By Tim Badman, Director – World Heritage Programme, IUCN …  

06 Aug 2015 | Article

Ms Wiraya Ochakun, Superintendent of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary

Blog: World Ranger Day

By David Moore. “The World Ranger Day event at Khao Yai sets an example for the rest of the world,’ said Sean Wilson, President, International Ranger Federation. …  

03 Aug 2015 | Article

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans