Aletsch glacier, Switzerland

Switzerland’s commitment to World Heritage gets stronger

A ceremony was held by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO on March 23 to celebrate the signing of the Swiss Charter on World Heritage. Designed as a voluntary instrument of commitment, the charter aims to strengthen World Heritage in Switzerland and promote its values. …  

24 Mar 2015 | News story

Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

Water is nature, water is everything

Every year on 22 March, the international community celebrates World Water Day, a day to draw global attention to the water challenge and renew commitments to safeguard the planet’s most vital resource. …  

22 Mar 2015 | News story

Bombus cullamanus, critically endangered

Nearly one in 10 wild bee species face extinction in Europe while the status of more than half remains unknown - IUCN report

The first-ever assessment of all European wild bee species shows that 9.2% are threatened with extinction, while 5.2% are considered likely to be threatened in the near future. A total of 56.7% of the species are classified as Data Deficient, as lack of experts, data and funding has made it impossible to evaluate their extinction risk.
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19 Mar 2015 | News story

Little Sydney

“Little Sydney” Conference registration is open

IUCN, along with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), have now opened registration for the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” Conference, the biggest European protected areas event of the year, scheduled to run May 28-31 in Hainburg, Austria. …  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Lake Ohrid Region (16/08/2014)

First Management Planning Workshop to begin for transboundary Lake Ohrid region

 The first management planning workshop in a series of five will take place on 25 and 26 March 2015 in the Korça region, Albania. The workshop is carried out in the framework of the 36-month European Union-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Jane Smart, Director, IUCN Global Species Programme & Bertrand de Montmollin, Chair, IUCN National Committee for Switzerland

IUCN Red Lists standards applied at National, Regional and Global Level: IUCN Swiss National Committee takes a first step towards strengthening joint collaboration

“National, Regional and Global Level: how to better collaborate? How can Red List processes be better implemented at national and regional levels, and how can these national and regional experiences retro-feed global processes?” …  

18 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story

The Estonian oak tree on a football field was voted European Tree of the Year 2015.

Oak tree on football field voted European Tree of the Year 2015

Nearly 200,000 people from all over Europe voted for their favourite tree in the European Tree of the Year contest during the month of February. The winner is an Oak tree on a football pitch in Estonia, accumulating 60,000 votes. The runner up was the Hungarian 'Great Plane of Tata', and the Spanish 'Poplar pollard of the Remolinar' came third.     …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

New Caledonia coast

Europe’s marine and coastal biodiversity still degrading, according to European Environment Agency

In its State of the Environment Report 2015 just released, the European Environment Agency highlights improvements while pointing out that Europe is not on track to meet its environmental goals. More ambitious policies and actions are needed to address the challenges. …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

European Regional Office