Buttercups - Conservation made clear - February 2012
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For the people of Europe, struggling through another cold winter, it’s time to fall in love again!

Walks along the Seine, bird watching along the coast of the Waddenzee, skiing in the Alps…from Portugal to Russia, Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic romantic settings. And this is thanks to a rich natural heritage.

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> Watch IUCN Regional Director for Europe explain how we work there
Dr. Hans Friederich

The day I met Godzilla

Gorgeous George - a Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

Fred Burton heads a mission in the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands to rescue the iconic Grand Cayman Blue Iguana from extinction. His story is a rare thing in conservation: success on a shoestring.

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Opinion: The silent crisis

Gerben Jan Gerbrandy

Europe is in a crisis. An economic and euro crisis. Merkel and Sarkozy dominate the front pages of our newspapers. At the moment economists and their analyses seem to interest even more people than the weather forecast. This crisis is very vocal and hard to oversee.

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Win a little, lose a lot

Luba Balyan studying the local wildlife

Convincing people to save the forests of her native Armenia has become a passion for IUCN’s Luba Balyan. She describes how a love of birds turned into a love of forests and all that they offer.

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Advance Albania

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

What can be done to help Albania—a country of rich natural wealth but where many people struggle to make ends meet? One plan under way is to get the country’s national parks and other protected areas to support the needs of people as well as nature.

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Energetic eco efforts in Europe

Recycling at a local council facility

Energy efficiency, sustainable forest management and recycling may be buzzwords of our time but in Europe, where a dense population is putting ever-increasing pressure on natural resources, greater efforts in these areas are urgently needed.

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Are you a winner?

Monthly focus Join our new photo contest on Flickr and we'll promote the most striking pictures every saturday! Good luck! You can also browse our photo galleries.
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> Gallery: Wild Wonders of Europe
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Test your knowledge

The ice cap on Kerguelen island, retreating 200 meters a year How much do you know about Europe's biodiversity?
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Facts and figures

European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) 2008 IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened A large proportion of European animals and plants are unique (endemic) to the region.
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Check here for selected publications about Europe, or search our catalogue.
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What is IUCN?

Juvenile green sea turtle swimming in shallow coral reef Learn more about IUCN with this short video!
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Photo credits: Header banner © Sandra Bartocha /Wild Wonders of Europe; Expert © IUCN; The day I met Godzilla © Fred Burton; Opinion: The silent crisis © Peter ShadJerben Jan Gerbrandy; Win a little, lose a lot © Lula Baylan; Advance Albania © A. Ghiurghi; Energetic eco efforts in Europe © A. Knee; Quiz © Jean-Philippe Palasi; Facts and figures © IUCN Red List 2008; Photo gallery © Sandra Bartocha /Wild Wonders of Europe; Fiji discovery © Marika Tuiwawa; IUCN video © Andre Seale