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IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Publication Cover: Freshwater key biodiversity areas in the Mediterranean basin hotspot

Key Biodiversity Areas in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot

While the Mediterranean basin biodiversity hotspot is well known for its globally important biodiversity, its freshwater biodiversity has not been as widely recognized for its importance. Through this project, freshwater key biodiversity areas (KBAs) have now been identified, mapped and validated throughout much of the Mediterranean hotspot. It is now important to raise awareness of their status as validated freshwater KBAs and to develop plans for appropriate conservation actions at these sites, as this biodiversity is highly threatened largely due to the conflicting demands upon a diminishing supply of fresh water which is further exacerbated by the increased severity of drought across the region.    …  

12 Jan 2015 | Downloads - publication

Cover page: The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

This IUCN report and accompanying dataset on the status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the associated report and data on the Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas in the wider Mediterranean Basin represent major advances in provision of information to help incorporate biodiversity needs into water development planning processes within an Integrated River Basin Management framework. 

30 Dec 2014 | Downloads - publication

Science Festival

Let’s save amazing species

This year, the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is celebrated worldwide. Joining in, the IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe partnered with its two members in Serbia, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province setting up an exhibition “Let’s save amazing species”.   …  

22 Dec 2014 | News story

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story

Biogradska gora National Park, Montenegro

SEE at the IUCN World Parks Congress

In just few hours, the curtain will rise on the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia - a landmark global forum on protected areas. Thousands of people will gather to determine the future of protected areas - how to increase their coverage, improve the way they are managed, and promote investment in protected areas as a solution to many of the planet's challenges. …  

11 Nov 2014 | News story

Pancratium maritimum, Important plant for Long Beach, Ulicnj (Montenegro)

Conserving wild plants and habitats for people across the Mediterranean

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Plantlife International are beginning a new project to further the conservation of wild plants and their habitats in the South and East Mediterranean. The project “Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East Mediterranean (IPA-Med)” has been launched today at the kick off workshop held in Montenegro.   | Spanish

30 Oct 2014 | News story

Lake Ohrid, FYR Macedonia

Regional directors jointly for nature

The rich natural heritage of our region depends on the coordinated action of all countries – this is a message sent out by the nature conservation authorities today in Ohrid. IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe (IUCN SEE) has partnered with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia in organizing the first annual meeting of national nature conservation authorities in the region to work toward defining regional priorities and joint activities in nature conservation.   …  

21 Oct 2014 | News story

Conference participants

European Green Belt Association established

Held in late September, the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference marked a milestone for future cooperation: a legal body in charge of the Initiative’s coordination was established. Transboundary management of protected areas, ecosystem services and nature tourism will be some of its regional priorities. …  

19 Oct 2014 | News story

Lake Ohrid

Supporting Effective Management of Lake Ohrid

The Inception Workshop for the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region” was held on 15-16 September in Pogradec, Albania, marking the beginning of a three-year project aimed at reinforcing the protection and effective management of the Lake Ohrid region.  …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story