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Finnish Year of biodiversity

New evaluation – one in ten Finnish species still threatened

The 4th Red List of Finnish Species has now been compiled and IUCN's new set of comparable criteria were employed for the second time. The results showed that there are 2,247 threatened species in Finland, which is 10.5 per cent of the 21,400 species evaluated. The number of species evaluated is exceptionally large, even by international standards. In 2010, over 6,000 more species were evaluated than in the previous evaluation in 2000. During the last ten years, the status of 186 species (10.0 per cent of the 1,505 species evaluated in 2000) has improved, while that of 356 has deteriorated. This indicates that, whilst species continue to decline, conservation efforts are also producing results for many species. …  

01 Dec 2010 | News story

SOER 2010

Butterflies or business - Europe can have both!

A fully integrated approach to transforming Europe to a resource-efficient green economy can not only result in a healthy environment, but also boost prosperity and social cohesion. …  

30 Nov 2010 | News story

Last siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus) in India

Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation

The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation is now open for applications until April 2011. The award of €10,000 (c. US$ 12,850) will be made at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CMS (COP10) in Norway in November 2011. The Secretariat of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) advertises this award to promote scientific research and conservation of migratory species, as defined by the Convention. …  

30 Nov 2010 | News story

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Biodiversity and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Discover the "I give life to my planet" campaign, a booklet with 336 tips for biodiversity, and a host of resources from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, where CEC member Anne Franklin is CBD focal point. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

European Green Belt

Binding Award: Under the Sign of the Green Belt Europe

In the frame of the International Year of Biodiversity the Binding Grand Prize 2010 was awarded, in Vaduz on 19th November. Alois Lang, former coordinator of Green Belt Europe at IUCN, was one of the recipients. The prize is one of the outstanding conservation awards in Europe. This year’s Prize honored five individuals who had one thing in common – for many years they have been strongly and extraordinarily engaged in protecting the Green Belt. “The award is an incentive to continue efforts to preserve this important part of our European cultural and natural heritage” said Gabriel Schwaderer, managing director of the international nature conservation foundation, EuroNatur. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

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A green future and benefits for all: conference in belgium

The Directorate General for Environment of the Federal Public Service for the Environment, in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will organize the conference "Closing the International Year of Biodiversity 2010: How to better communicate the value of biodiversity? – A green future and benefits for all – Biodiversity and social responsibility" on 14 December 2010 at Bois du Cazier, Belgium. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

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Desarrollo de la membresía y de los Comités de la UICN

La UICN da la bienvenida a 35 nuevos Miembros y reconoce oficialmente a 3 Comités Regionales y 2 Comités Nacionales. …   | English | French

25 Nov 2010 | News story

Olympus-Beydaglari National Park, Turkey

FINAL BLOW TO THE NATURE OF TURKEY: NATURE CONSERVATION DRAFT LAW

Nature of Turkey is under threat from a new draft law: “Draft Law on Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity” has been approved by the Council of Minister’s and became an agenda item for the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA – TBMM). If the draft law is accepted as it is, this will open the door for irreversible destructions for the country’s nature. …  

23 Nov 2010 | News story
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The winner of the best biodiversity action competirion is the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation.  From the left: Executive Manager Anneli Jussila, Artist Maiju Tirri, Minister of the Environment Paula Lehtomäki and Vice-Chair of the Foundation Otso Ovaskainen.

Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation Wins Competition for Best Biodiversity Action

The national Countdown2010 Competition rewards those organizations with the best biodiversity action and that seek to find solutions that improve natural diversity and human health. The competition was organized by the IUCN National Committee of Finland. The winner of the Countdown 2010 Competition for the Best Biodiversity Action in Finland in 2009 and 2010 is the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation. The Foundation, established in 1995, acquires old-growth forests and guarantees that they are protected permanently in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act, and now total some 400 hectares. …  

23 Nov 2010 | News story

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Taking on the water and biofuels challenge

IUCN experts are joining forces with the oil and gas industry to tackle the risks associated with biofuel production, particularly the added stress it can put on dwindling global water supplies. …  

22 Nov 2010 | News story


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