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Ecological Networks to Safeguard Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing

Strasbourg (France) – Biodiversity plays an immense role in maintaining natural processes and delivering numerous essential ecosystem services to human society. Favourable conservation status of wild flora and fauna is therefore essential not only for securing healthy ecosystems but human wellbeing too. “We have to employ the best of our knowledge while setting up and applying conservation tools such as protected areas and ecological networks. In order effectively to do so, on the ground conservation efforts have to be backed with well defined and commonly agreed policies”, says Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

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Protection areas across borders- learning by visiting

Representatives of Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo visited protected areas of Czech Republic and Germany eager to learn about best practices and successes in organization and management of protected areas across borders. …  

24 Sep 2010 | News story

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Visions for the Future in Ghent

Ghent, 9 September, IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre gave the closing keynote address at the Belgian EU Presidency event “Biodiversity in a changing world”. In her speech “Visions for the Future” Julia highlighted that the EU, as the world’s largest economic block, has the power to make a huge impact (both positive and negative) on the future of biodiversity in coming decade.
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16 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN Regional Director for Pan-Europe, Dr Hans Friederich and President of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk

Honesty, realism and innovation - key ingredients for good governance

Over the last four years, the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia has emerged as an important annual gathering of global thinkers from the spheres of politics, industry, and academia from Europe, South Eastern Europe and beyond. Participation included politicians, businessmen, scientists and policy-makers from national, Regional and international institutions. …  

14 Sep 2010 | International news release

Countdown 2010

Saving biodiversity

Ghent (Belgium), 8 September 2010 – The IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative is almost over. But the actions of its nearly 1,100 partners worldwide are not! It’s 2010 – a year of stock-taking for world governments and for the Countdown 2010 initiative. The 2010 Biodiversity Target was not reached but the thousands of biodiversity actions taken by Countdown 2010 partners are an important step towards the improvement of the status of biodiversity and the increase of public awareness.
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07 Sep 2010 | News story

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IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Awards announce regional winners

IUCN, Thomson Reuters Foundation and COMplus announced today the regional winners of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting, who will vie for the global prize of USD 5,000. …   | Spanish

07 Sep 2010 | News story

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The future of water in the face of climate change

There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. …  

06 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson

Message from the Deputy Director General: Freshwater conservation

Watch IUCN Deputy Director General Bill Jackson talk about freshwater conservation challenges and explain what IUCN is doing to make sure that there's enough water in the world both for nature and for people. …  

04 Sep 2010 | News story

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New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown

Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also decided to add Danxia (China) to the List. …  

02 Aug 2010 | International news release

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Environment Committee adopts report on the implementation of EU biodiversity conservation law

Halting biodiversity loss constitutes the absolute minimum level of ambition to be realised by 2020”, MEPs stated in an own-initiative report adopted on July 14. Noting that several factors – such as the incomplete implementation of legislation, poor integration into sectoral policies, insufficient scientific knowledge and data gaps, and insufficient funding – have prevented the EU from achieving its 2010 biodiversity target, the Committee presented its priorities for future EU policy in this field. …  

22 Jul 2010 | News story