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Pêcheur dans le Parc national de l'Ichkeul (Tunesie)

La célébration des zones humides 2014 en Tunisie, élan pour la concertation de la conservation y valorisation de la biodiversité

La 17ème édition de la Journée Mondiale des Zones Humides 2014 (JMZH), célébrée le 2 de février chaque année, a donné lieu à un édifiant exercice de concertation nationale et internationale dans le domaine de la conservation et valorisation des zones humides et aires protégées. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

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National Parks of Montenegro, new IUCN member

The Public Enterprise for National Parks of Montenegro became a member of IUCN, following the decision of IUCN Council in November 2013. IUCN extends a very warm welcome to its new member and looks forward to strengthened cooperation in Montenegro. …  

13 Feb 2014 | News story
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Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge today joined the United for Wildlife organisations, including IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade. …  

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Natural Park Cabo de Gata - Níjar (Almería)

How to increase the protection in Mediterranean waters

Montenegro has recently hosted the General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean and Black Seas (GFCM) meeting and its Scientific Advisory Committee celebrated on 3-5 February 2014 in the Adriatic city of Bar. This kind of meeting was divided in sub-committees devoted to several thematic issues such as marine protected areas (MPA), environment and ecosystems, stock assessment and economic and social sciences.  …  

06 Feb 2014 | News story

Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Members of the National Association for Protection of Nature in Tobruk

Supporting Libya nature conservation

Libya remains as one of the most biologically diverse countries in the Mediterranean, but at the same time preserving its fragile environment from Sahara expanses and climate change is challenging. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has recently made a mission in Libya to promote two projects: the first one is about Small Initiatives for Civil Society Organizations in North Africa (PPI-OSCAN, its acronym in French) funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) and the MAVA Foundation, the second project is about “Promoting the value of key biodiversity areas in North Africa through the involvement of civil society in their conservation and management” supported by the critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). …   | French

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Participants à l’atelier de démarrage du projet UICN-Med/CEPF en Algérie

A workshop for the biodiversity of North Africa

On the 21st and 22nd of January, Algeria has welcomed a workshop for the launching of the project “Promoting the value of the key biodiversity area of the National Park of Djurdjura, through the involvement of civil society in their conservation and management". This work shop was co-organized by the General Directorate of Forestry (DGF in French), the General Directorate of the Fauna and Flora (DGFF in French), and the National Park of Djurdjura. The workshop took place in Algeria, and gathered 46 representatives of public institutions, civil society’s organizations, as well as universities and research institutes. …   | French

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Round-table on ICZM Regional governance platform for the Mediterranean and the Black sea.

The PEGASO 4 year project ends up presenting innovative outcomes for ICZM in the Mediterranean and Black seas

The PEGASO final conference took place in Antalya (Turkey), from 14th to 17th of January gathering a wide range of institutes and networks from the Mediterranean and Black Sea and representatives from Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) initiatives in other regional seas. PEGASO is a collaborative project between twenty-five partners that have co-worked over four years under the lead coordination of the Autonomous University of Barcelona to develop common, novel approaches to support integrated policies for the coastal, marine and maritime realm of the Mediterranean and Black sea basins. …   | French | Spanish

24 Jan 2014 | News story

Giant Guitarfish

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). …   | Dutch

21 Jan 2014 | News story


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