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Massif de l'Ennedi, Chad

Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016

IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the official Advisory Body on natural World Heritage, IUCN will issue its recommendations six weeks before UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 10 to 20 July 2016. …  

06 Jan 2016 | News story

IUCN Regional Conservation Forum 2015 in Helsinki, Finland

Regional Work Plan for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in focus at the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum

As part of IUCN’s ‘One Programme’ approach, discussions on IUCN’s Regional Work Plan for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and how it can contribute to IUCN’s global programme was held in Helsinki.  …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki

IUCN Regional Conservation Forum calls for stronger biodiversity action and nature based solutions in Europe

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum 2015 started today with a high-level opening session, sending a strong signal for nature conservation in Europe and North and Central Asia. The Forum is organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN, the leading global voice on nature conservation. From 14-16 December in Helsinki, more than 250 participants from 41 countries in Europe, North and Central Asia will come together to forge solutions to the region’s pressing environmental challenges.  

14 Dec 2015 | News story

Earth inside water droplet

Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future

Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.
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12 Dec 2015 | International news release

Lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia

The islands at Paris COP21: at the frontline of climate change but the forefront of solutions

“Sentinels of climate change and large oceanic entities” are what islands represent at the frontline of climate change. A reality echoed by representatives from islands at COP21. Also emphasised was how addressing climate change impacts was a matter of national security, as people’s health, food and water supplies are at risk, as well as infrastructures and the islands’ physical and cultural integrity. …  

10 Dec 2015 | Article

View from UNESCO Building, Paris

Nine countries elected to the World Heritage Committee

Nine States Parties have been elected to the World Heritage Committee: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Indonesia, Kuwait, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. They take the place of Algeria, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Senegal and Serbia. …  

01 Dec 2015 | Article

Coordination Meeting “The strategic program for protected areas” in Tirana, Albania.

More projects on protected areas in Albania

Representatives from state institutions, international organizations and donors in Albania gathered to initiate coordination of projects related to protected areas and to support the strategic program of National Agency of Protected Areas in Albania.   …  

27 Nov 2015 | News story

Wetlands, Tajikistan, Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)

Wetlands help foster cooperation in Central Asia

Ramsar Contracting Parties from Central Asia and partners will work together toward establishing a regional platform as a means to improving wetland conservation in Central Asia.   …  

25 Nov 2015 | News story

Camera trap picture of Balkan Lynx

Balkan lynx listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Today, the Balkan lynx subspecies was listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered. This scientific achievement comes after ten years of efforts of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Program  …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

Ministerial Conference “Towards Climate Summit in Paris 2015, challenges for CEI Member States”

A ‘greener’ future for the CEI region

Ministers and the Heads of Delegations of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Member States adopted a joint Declaration last week in Skopje which reflects the readiness of countries to cooperate on achieving a ‘greener’ future for the CEI region.   …  

09 Nov 2015 | News story