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Between now and Congress, we will highlight many conservation and sustainable development issues in the feed below. Please check back frequently as we add more stories on new topics every couple of weeks.

Gorilla
04 Sep 2016
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaiʻi. Four out of six great ape species are now Critically Endangered – only one step away from going extinct – with the remaining two also under considerable threat of extinction.
Great Barrier Reef
04 Sep 2016
Hawaii, 3 September 2016: Today, 11 of the world’s leading conservation organisations announced an ambitious new partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) – places that include vital habitats for threatened species – with more than US$15 million committed over the next five years.
Bonn Challenge approaches target to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land
04 Sep 2016
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 3 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Government of Malawi and the Association of Guatemalan Private Natural Reserves have committed to restoring a total of 4.54 million hectares of degraded land as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative, as announced today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress currently taking place in Hawai’i. 
A Gray Whale Nursery
03 Sep 2016
The critically endangered western gray whale population that feeds in Russia’s Far East waters is slowly showing signs of recovery, but their numbers and range are still at risk from industry activity in the region, according to a new report released today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Black mountain mining roads in USA
03 Sep 2016
Natural systems sustain life on earth. Yet… Wildlife populations have halved since 1970. This stark fact was highlighted in research by WWF and the Zoological Society of London in their 2014 Living Planet Report. The IUCN Congress theme, Planet at the Crossroads, is timely as current efforts to halt or even slow the rate of species extinction are failing. The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. The message is clear: we need urgent and collaborative action to tackle the unprecedented challenge facing society.
© Holladay Photo by Mark Holladay Lee
03 Sep 2016
As part of Hawaii’s E Alu Pū Gathering, indigenous and community representatives from around the world were invited to share the experience of restoring a traditional Hawaiian fish pond, ahead of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Miriam Anne Frank and Helena Clavero Sousa of IUCN’s Social Policy Unit reflect on this unique gathering.
Noise from seismic surveys can disrupt the essential life functions of whales
02 Sep 2016
Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2 September (IUCN) – A guide launched today by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, outlines best practices to ensure environmentally responsible seismic surveys and other forms of undersea mapping, with the aim of minimizing negative impacts of loud associated noise on marine life. 
Manaos, Brazil
02 Sep 2016
Close to 15% of the Earth's land and 10% of its territorial waters are covered by national parks and other protected areas; coverage of marine protected areas increased by almost 300% in the last decade; and 8 in 10 key biodiversity areas worldwide lack complete protection. With 14.7 % of the Earth's land and 10 % of its territorial waters under protection, the world is on track to meet a major global conservation target, according to a new report by UN Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaiʻi.
© IUCN Green List of Protected Areas
02 Sep 2016
Financial industry, international organisations, and academic sector join forces to initiate new coalition to create investment opportunities and tools to help bring conservation projects to the marketplace.
IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony of the IUCN World Conservation Congress
02 Sep 2016
IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng outlines his vision for future conservation action and Congress outcomes in his speech at the opening ceremony of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. 

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