New Conservation E-Tool to Track Trade in Wild Animals and Plants

The Trade Data Dashboards, that were launched to mark the 35th anniversary of CITES, are a new, interactive way of viewing the wildlife trade data submitted by the governments of the 175 member countries of CITES.

Ted Turner Announces First-Ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria at World Conservation Congress

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner joined the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to announce the first-ever globally relevant sustainable tourism criteria at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on October 6, 2008.

Encyclopedia Of Life (EOL) Species Pages Now Available

An international group of scientists, research institutions and museums is currently working to assemble the most comprehensive online biodiversity encyclopedia on the planet.

Kiribati Creates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area

The small Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has become a global conservation leader by declaring the Phoenix Islands a protected area to ensure its biological diversity and sustainability.

New Reserves In Vietnam To Protect Saola, One Of The World's Rarest Animals

The provincial People’s Committees of the central Vietnamese provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam endorsed a set of conservation actions on September 28, 2007, that will help ensure the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) will survive in Vietnam.

Fishing Ban Protects Largest Coral Reef in The Philippines, Apo Reef

Reef fish and other marine species can breathe easier with the introduction of a fishing ban around Apo Reef, the largest coral reef in the Philippines and the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.

Wings over Wetlands: New Protection for Birds from Wetland and Waterbird Conservation Initiatives

The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project launched on November 20, 2006, is the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative ever to take place in the African-Eurasian region.

Largest Marine Conservation Area On Earth, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument With Nearly 140,000 Square Miles, Created By President Bush Under Antiquities Act *

President George W. Bush created the world’s largest marine conservation area off the coast of the northern Hawaiian Islands in order to permanently protect the area’s pristine coral reefs and unique marine species.

Conservation of Butterflies in Assam, India: Setting example for worldwide efforts.

The state of Assam in northeastern India, harboring some of the world’s riches biodiversity, is home to more than 500 species of butterflies.  Large-scale habitat deforestation and fragmentation has led to the decline of several butterfly populations in the state, and many species believed to be common during the early part of the 20th Century have now declined rapidly through much of their range.


The 12 finalists of the first biennial Seed Awards were announced tonight at a reception at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok.

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