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Resin of the Guggul tree (Commiphora wightii)

Access and Benefit Sharing - negotiations to be continued

In its intervention during the plenary session of the negotiations on the international regime to regulate access to genetic resources and the distribution of the benefits derived from their use, IUCN urged delegates to include the link between Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the Protocol. …  

31 Mar 2010 | News story

Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian Fig Opuntia) is a species of cactus and a long-domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world, Matehuala, Mexico

Final Meeting of the Access and Benefit Sharing Working Group kicks off in Colombia

Around 600 delegates representing Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), non-governmental and international organizations, and partners, are currently gathered in the sunny city of Cali in Colombia to give the final push to the negotiations on the international regime to regulate access to genetic resources and the distribution of the benefits derived from their use. …  

24 Mar 2010 | News story

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

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

Red coral necklace

Coral trade gets kick back from delegates at CITES

Proposed regulation of trade in red and pink corals (from the family Coralliidae), used in jewellery and other decorative items, was voted down by delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. This family of corals currently has no international trade controls. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

Computer

New Members’ Portal: Resolutions and Recommendations System

In compliance with Resolution 4.011 (Development of an automated system to record Members’ actions on Resolutions and Recommendations to improve reporting at, and between, World Conservation Congresses), the IUCN Secretariat has developed an online tool to facilitate reporting by IUCN Members and the Secretariat on activities contributing to the implementation of Resolutions and Recommendations adopted at the 2008 World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.
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16 Feb 2010 | News story

Peacock Parachute Spider (Poecilotheria metallica), Threat category: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Trondheim conference calls for new biodiversity targets

High level IUCN representatives are among the keynote speakers at the Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity which opens today in Norway. …  

01 Feb 2010 | News story

Analyses cover for CITES CoP15

IUCN and TRAFFIC release CITES CoP15 Analyses of the Proposals

In preparation for the upcoming CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) meeting (15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, CoP15) that will be taking place 13 – 25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar, IUCN and TRAFFIC have released the results of their Analyses of the Proposals to Amend the Appendices. See here for the table with the Analyses. …  

12 Jan 2010 | News story

Japan adopts the Basic Act on Biodiversity

Japan leads the way for biodiversity

The Kobe Biodiversity Dialogue, from 15-16 October, will culminate at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that will take place in Nagoya in October 2010. …  

15 Oct 2009 | News story

Logging truck

Forest governance and climate policies

Fred Stolle of the World Resources Institute looks at the need for REDD to address forest governance issues as well as creating market incentives. …  

01 Oct 2009 | 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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