Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

Eriosyce chilensis

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List

Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published today in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - more threatened than mammals and birds.
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05 Oct 2015 | International news release

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

Sumatran Rhino

Sumatran rhino likely to go extinct unless action is taken urgently, warns IUCN

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran rhino recovery plan, warns IUCN on World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the last IUCN Red List assessment of the species in 2008. …  

22 Sep 2015 | International news release

HE Mohammed Al Bowardi receiving the award from Dr Simon Stuart

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi receives Sir Peter Scott Conservation Award

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), was awarded the 2015 Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  

16 Sep 2015 | News story

The 2015 SSC Leaders' Meeting brings together over 300 conservation experts

Over 300 conservation experts meet to tackle extinction crisis

The third IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting kicked off today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This meeting brings together over 300 conservationists with diverse expertise to address how global conservation efforts can be improved to halt the alarming rate of biodiversity loss. …  

15 Sep 2015 | News story

BEST 2.0 portal

Launch of call for proposals for conservation projects in Europe’s overseas territories

Important sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Polar/Subpolar, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding. …   | French

14 Sep 2015 | Article

13A-066-011, RSCF, SOS - Save Our Species, Mecistops_cataphractus, Female Breeder, AbidjanNationalZoo, MattShirley

More Slender-snouted Crocodiles thanks to improved captive-breeding in Abidjan National Zoo

“Now, at the beginning of our third breeding season here at the Abidjan National Zoo we’re incubating 110 eggs – that’s almost 50% more than 2014!” says Dr. Matt Shirley. Project coordinator with SOS Grantee Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF), Matt explains the higher figures are most certainly a result of better daily care resulting in reduced stress, and an improved food supply for these Critically Endangered crocodiles. The role of training and the dedication of a team of Zoo personnel and volunteers cannot be underestimated in the project’s progress so far.   …  

11 Sep 2015 | News story

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

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