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A ranger working in Africa

The heroes who tread the thin green line

A female corpse lay motionless in a fresh pool of blood desiccating in the Zambian heat, her skull callously smashed by a machete, her body barbarically butchered and left for dead by two cold-blooded killers. …  

30 Jul 2014 | Article
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SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Behind the frontlines: Government policies supporting rangers' work

Updating SOS on project developments from an emergency funding grant, Eric Ash of Freeland Foundation, an IUCN Member, is succinct. “While it is critical to support front-line rangers and other park-based stakeholders first and foremost, reducing rosewood poaching requires considerable enforcement efforts at all levels, from the forest, through trafficking routes, and in end-markets,” he explains. This puts into perspective the importance and value of a series of monthly interagency meetings which took place in over 2013 -2014 creating a platform for cooperation between 19 governmental and non-governmental organizations.   …  

30 Jul 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

Cross River Gorillas and Camera Traps: the value of video technology

Following the news in March 2014 about the launch of a new species action plan for the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) successfully captured a bounty of valuable camera trap video sequences from Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary (KGS), Cameroon.   …  

28 Jul 2014 | News story

12A-46-10, Way Kambas RPU Sujoko discovers large mammal snare YABI 024543,

The Sumatran Rhino: Another 200 years? It's your call!

Have you ever seen a Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)? It is often said, we protect what we know and love, so SOS thought to share a short video of this unique, charismatic and Critically Endangered rhino species to show just what SOS is trying to do - protect threatened species, their habitats and the people who depend on them. And as International Ranger Day approaches (July 31), we also highlight the role of the Rhino Protection Units who work tirelessly to guard the last few Sumatran Rhino from poachers.   …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The assessment shows that more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List - compared with 13% of all birds - making them urgent priorities for conservation action. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

Taholo Kami (IUCN), Aunofo Havea (Tonga), Hoturoa Kerr (New Zealand), Farri Bruun (Samoa) and Peia Patai (Cook Islands) after signing the memorandums of understanding.

Fleet growing for ‘Mua’ – the sailing voyage to World Parks Congress 2014

More Pacific Island countries are climbing aboard the ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ voyage to help convey the ‘one Pacific voice’ to the world, with the number of traditional voyaging canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 rapidly growing into a fleet. …  

17 Jul 2014 | News story

People and bees

Call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES

IPBES has issued a call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) for the three-year term 2015–2017, replacing the current interim MEP. The MEP is an important body as it is responsible for overseeing the scientific and technical development and implementation of the IPBES work programme. …   | French | Spanish

16 Jul 2014 | News story

Rooftop view of Nairobi

Quenching the urban thirst

Coping with the growing water demand of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century - half of the world’s population now lives in cities and the figure is rising. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

Girls making tree planters

Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park – a phoenix rising from the ashes

Interview with Gregory C. Carr, American entrepreneur and philanthropist who will be a keynote speaker at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in November in Sydney. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

Okavango aerial view

Natural World Heritage reaches 228 sites, including 19 ‘in danger’

Delegates from over 100 governments met last month in Doha during the 38th World Heritage Committee meeting to take decisions on new and existing World Heritage sites. As usual, IUCN experts were there to give advice on natural World Heritage and the action needed to assure its conservation. The outcomes of the meeting are now available online in English and French. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

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