News for Members

13A-060-016, South BDR patrol team_Team defining direction to a target point_SMART Patrol_Stephane smiling, Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our Species

A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon

Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve from poachers – writes Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS - Save Our Species initiative which implements two projects in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   …  

14 May 2016 | News story

SOS save Our species, Karau Kuna, Whitley Award,

Tree Kangaroo conservationist wins prestigious Whitley Award

In April 2016, Karau Kuna was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Acknowledged for his passionate work strengthening biodiversity protection in the YUS Conservation Area of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Programme (TKCP), Karau accepted the award dedicating it to his team and the communities with whom they work.    …  

12 May 2016 | News story

11A-22-75, 1 Egg collection, 16 June 2015, by Nikolai Yakushev, SOS Save Our Species, Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Giving Spoon-billed Sandpipers a head-start on the long journey back from the brink of extinction

Marking World Migratory Bird Day 2016, Rebecca Lee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), an SOS grantee, reflects on the transformation in survival prospects for this Critically Endangered and diminutive migratory bird. Thanks to a sustained and innovative head-starting programme, more adult birds are making the 8,000 km round-trip from breeding grounds to wintering grounds. Even more ambitious conservation goals can be achieved provided collaboration among conservationists along the bird’s flyway continues she advises.   …  

10 May 2016 | News story

IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity

New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced a five-year partnership to provide funding to broaden the scope of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This will significantly increase knowledge on the extinction risk of more than 28,000 species, including many that are key food sources for a significant portion of the global population. …   | French | Spanish | Japanese

10 May 2016 | International news release

Addax

Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction

Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild.   …  

06 May 2016 | News story

16B-018-001. Freddy Almeida Fieldwork, credit Pol Pintanel, SOS Save Our Species

In the shadow of the volcano: race against time for the Quito rocket frog

An imminent eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador would wipe out the last population of the Quito rocket frog. On International Save the Frogs Day, researcher Santiago Ron from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, describes efforts to save the species from extinction.   …  

30 Apr 2016 | News story

Akosombo Hydroelectric Power Station on the Volta River supplies energy for Ghana and Togo, West Africa

Balancing complexity and simplicity: the challenge of (re)packaging science for decision-making and policy relevance

WISE-UP to Climate is a multi-partnership project focussing on natural infrastructure, water security and climate change adaptation in the Tana and Volta River Basins. Using an innovative approach to catalyse change on the ground, the project aims to demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. …  

28 Apr 2016 | News story

WCC 2016

Candidates for IUCN Council 2016-2020

 IUCN Members will elect a new Council for 2016-20 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place in Hawai’i, USA from 1-10 September 2016. IUCN is pleased to announce the list of candidates for the positions of President, Treasurer, Chairs of Commissions and Regional Councillors. …   | French | Spanish

26 Apr 2016 | News story

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-063-030, Athony and George excavating a nest, photo credit Trokon Saykpa, SOS Save Our Species, STW Liberia

Poachers Turn Protectors in Bassa Point Community

“I started poaching turtle eggs when I was ten years old!” declares Anthony Peabody. Since 2012, however, Anthony has been working as a beach monitor and turtle protector thanks to Sea Turtle Watch (STW) Liberia’s community oriented conservation programme. With four species including Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtles using these beaches, Liberia is important for marine turtle conservation.    …  

20 Apr 2016 | News story

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