Ivory being sold on a market stall in Angola

New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crime

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the European Commission has launched a major new initiative to halt biodiversity loss and eradicate poverty in developing countries, a move welcomed by IUCN.

22 May 2014 | News story

The Sardinian Long-eared Bat (Plecotus sardus) was first identified on the island of Sardinia, Italy in 2002, and is listed as Vulnerable on The IUCN Red List.

International Day for Biodiversity: Celebrate the unique and wonderful nature of the world’s islands

IUCN joins its member organizations and partners around the world in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity, advocating the role of islands in addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge. …  

22 May 2014 | News story

The 2014 Natura 2000 Conservation Award went to a project to save the imperial eagle in Sakar, Bulgaria.

First Natura 2000 Award winners announced: celebrating Europe's natural areas

The Natura 2000 Award is a new initiative that seeks to raise awareness for the Natura 2000 network and the importance of biodiversity conservation in Europe. The award is open to anyone involved in Natura 2000, from businesses and NGOs to educational institutions and volunteers. It recognizes good practices in five different categories: communication, socio-economic added value, conservation, reconciling interests/perceptions, and networking and cross-border cooperation. …  

22 May 2014 | News story

Erfurt, Germany

Renaturing Cities - Using nature based solutions to address urban challenges

With 75% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities are facing great challenges in managing continuous transformation, ensuring the welfare of their inhabitants and safeguarding the natural environment. Several cities in Europe have taken steps to develop innovative approaches for addressing environmental challenges and the impacts of the economic crisis through the use of nature-based solutions. …  

20 May 2014 | News story

Blanket bog in the Pennines

Mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches into regional government policies

At the recent Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE), which took place on 15/16 May in Munich, IUCN called on regional governmentdecision makers to invest in biodiversity and ecosystem management as part of their climate change adaptation and sustainable development efforts. …  

19 May 2014 | News story

Engraulis Encrasicolus

IUCN-Med and GFCM FAO renew commitment for a sustainable use of marine resources

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) signed this morning a new agreement with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM – FAO) during the 38th session of the Commission to tighten links towards a sustainable use of marine resources. …   | French

19 May 2014 | News story

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)

Hidden effects of climate change on species revealed in new study

A new study by partners of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), including the IUCN Global Species Programme (GSP), has revealed that climate change’s effects on species may be occurring through a disruption of the fundamental interactions that exist between species within an ecosystem. …  

06 May 2014 | News story

Blanket bog of the Flow Country, Forsinard, UK

New Report highlights multiple benefits of peatland restoration around the world

Europe is rich in peatlands and these important ecosystems can bring environmental, social and economic benefits for communities and wildlife alike. A new report published today highlights innovative projects from around the globe which are helping restore and conserve our threatened peatlands. …  

29 Apr 2014 | News story

Coral Sea MPA Map

The Government of New Caledonia creates a big MPA in the Coral Sea– le parc naturel de la mer de Corail (nature park of the Coral Sea)

During its 23 April meeting, the government of New Caledonia adopted a decree to create le parc naturel de la mer de Corail. As stated by the president, Harold Martin, New Caledonia is adopting an integrated policy towards management of marine areas that are under its shared responsibility with the French Government. …  

23 Apr 2014 | News story


Conservation news from South Eastern Europe

The spring issue of the IUCN SEE e-Bulletin brings the nature conservation news from the region and invites the readers to learn about the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 themes. The focus section on IUCN website will be introducing the main themes of the Congress, showcasing the many ways protected areas benefit species and people. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

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