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A world premiere: Biodiversity across five continents

For the first time the status of biodiversity in the Francophonie has been evaluated. With the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) have published in French and English a concise analysis of the status of terrestrial and marine biodiversity across the 70 states and governments of the Francophonie. …   | French

20 Oct 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

20 October 2010, Nagoya (Japan). As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis. IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closes today in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony is being held on 20 October 2010 at 8.10 pm at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Nagoya, Japan. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: WWF Italy

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Since economic resources and opportunities of intervention for biodiversity were limited, WWF Italy launched an ambitious project on strategic planning on an eco-regional scale in 2004. The main points of this strategy included the adoption of a proactive approach instead of one based only on the conservation of the last natural areas. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: University of California Natural Reserve System

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) is the largest university-managed reserve system in the world with 36 reserves protecting more than 135,000 acres across the state for research, teaching, and public service. As such, the University is perfectly positioned to play a leadership role in increasing awareness of, and galvanising responses to, the global and regional biodiversity crises. In 2010, the NRS renewed its commitment to biodiversity issues by providing refuges for endangered and threatened species. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) launched a unique initiative called “The Local Government + Biodiversity 2010 Network” to promote habitat protection and improvement among local authorities and facilitate the interaction between local people and institutions. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: PAN Parks Foundation

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: PAN (Protected Area Network) Parks – an independent foundation aiming to create a European network of wilderness protected areas to improve nature protection through sustainable tourism development – organised a trip for decision makers to Majella National Park, Italy. The aim of the trip was to experience wilderness and to build support for wilderness areas that contribute to biodiversity protection. Inspired by the trip a Member of the European Parliament developed a special report on wilderness in Europe. The report was adopted by the European Parliament on 3 February 2009 with 538 members voting for and only 19 against. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Noord-Brabant Province

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Noord-Brabant Province was the first region to join Countdown 2010. In December 2006, the Province established the “Brabant Taskforce Biodiversiteit en Countdown 2010” – a working group of public and private sector representatives. The Taskforce has been a major driving force in the Netherlands for promoting Countdown 2010. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Natuurpunt

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Natuurpunt – the main nature conservation organisation in the Flanders Region – believes that green energy is necessary, and must go hand in hand with nature development. The organisation has been actively looking to create a partnership with a sustainable energy company. Several potential partners were contacted and any opportunities evaluated. Finally, Natuurpunt decided to work together with a local solar power company. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Erika Stanciu - President of EUROPARC

An interview with Erica Stanciu

Erika Stanciu is the President of EUROPARC - the umbrella organization for Europe’s protected areas - with more than 460 members from 36 countries. IUCN EURO met with Erika to learn about the results of the recent EUROPARC annual conference and her thoughts on the link between biodiversity and protected areas. …  

14 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: NatureGate

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The NatureGate® R&D together with the University of Helsinki created the NatureGate® Online Service, which can be used to identify species easily and rapidly, just by making observations of the specimen and clicking provided options accordingly. NatureGate® is designed to facilitate lifelong learning of sustainable use of biodiversity. …  

14 Oct 2010 | News story