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Endangered bird species rebound on predator-free Pacific islands

Polynesian Ground Dove

Five remote Pacific islands are once again safe havens for four of the world’s rarest bird species following the success of one of the most ambitious island restoration projects ever implemented. Just two years after ambitious efforts by a team of international conservation organisations to rid French Polynesia’s Acteon & Gambier island groups of invasive mammals began, five of six ...

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World Day to Combat Desertification: Conserving healthy soils for resilient drylands

Burkina Faso tree planting

On World Day to Combat Desertification observed globally on Saturday, June 17, 2017 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores how conserving soil biodiversity can make dryland communities more resilient to drought and other threats, and prevent desertification Conserving soil-dwelling worms, insects and bacteria is not the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about nature conservation. In fact, ...

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225 smuggled pangolins tracked down in Indonesia

pangolins

Indonesian authorities have seized a haul of hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales worth $190,000, officials said on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration. Ministry of Environment and Forestry official ...

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IUCN: Vaquita exploitation puts Mexican heritage site in danger

vaquita-porpoise

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recommended “in-danger” status for Mexico’s World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, after a mission confirmed the vaquita – the smallest and most endangered species of porpoise – is at risk of imminent extinction. This advice to the World Heritage Committee is included in a monitoring report ...

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Elephants now poached for their skins – WWF

elephant ivory

Endangered elephants are now being slaughtered in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar for their skin, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has disclosed. Described as a new kind of poaching for parts, the wildlife conservation organisation has expressed displeasure over the development, even as it seeks to address the situation. Traditionally, elephants are killed by poachers for their ...

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Gabon creates 20 marine protected areas

President Ali Bongo Ondimba

President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon announced on Monday, June 5, 2017 in a speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters that his government has created a network of 20 marine protected areas, consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of the nation’s territorial waters. “As I have often argued, we cannot approach sustainable management solely ...

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Overfishing, reef decline threaten Pacific, Caribbean island fisheries – IUCN

red snapper

Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many fish, including food sources like tunas and groupers, towards extinction, according to two regional Red List reports published on Thursday, June 8, 2017 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Conservation status of marine biodiversity in the Pacific Islands of Oceania Red List ...

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World Environment Day: What vultures’ decline portends for health, economy – NCF

Vultures

Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Adeniyi Karunwi, is bothered by the rate at which vultures are declining. In this treatise, he emphasises that people need to be aware of the good services vultures provide to them, and as such participate in tackling the troubles faced by the endangered birds The decline of vultures in Nigeria should be everyone’s concern ...

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As wildlife returns, Ivorian park may be struck off ‘danger list’

Comoé National Park

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recommended withdrawing in-danger status from Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire after seeing chimps and elephants return to the park. The nature conservation body also recommends the Landscapes of Dauria in Russia and Mongolia to become a new World Heritage site. This advice is included in a set of reports for ...

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World Environment Day: Chevron highlights commitment to connecting people to nature

Jeff Ewing

The World Environment Day (WED), held annually on June 5, is the biggest event to celebrate and promote environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe. Established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1972, WED aims to raise global awareness and mobilise humans to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. This global event is ...

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