Europe

Masai Mara National Park

Mission: supporting development through biodiversity conservation

The European Union is the biggest contributor to biodiversity finance in developing countries, and with the designation of 2015 as the “European Year for Development”, the achievements of the European Union’s global action in the field of conservation will be in the spotlight. Some of these results were showcased recently at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, through the participation of EU-supported protected areas initiatives such as BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management programme). …  

09 Jan 2015 | News story

Cultural Ecosystem Services

The value of Cultural Ecosystem Services for urban citizens

Cultural Ecosystem Services are the non-material benefits people obtain from nature. They include recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, physical and mental health benefits and spiritual experiences. Cultural Ecosystem services are essential for human health and well-being and contribute to a sense of place while fostering social cohesion. …  

08 Jan 2015 | News story

Science Festival

Let’s save amazing species

This year, the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is celebrated worldwide. Joining in, the IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe partnered with its two members in Serbia, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province setting up an exhibition “Let’s save amazing species”.   …  

22 Dec 2014 | News story

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)

Europe is wilder than we think

A new study published in Science finds that large carnivores such as wolves, brown bears, Eurasian lynx and wolverines have made a comeback in one-third of mainland Europe’s surface area, often sharing landscapes with humans. This development is widely hailed as a major conservation success. …  

19 Dec 2014 | News story

Luc Bas

Europe at the Crossroads – Let’s make sure we go in the right direction

Luc Bas, Director of the IUCN EU Representative Office, discusses the opportunities and challenges of a paradigm shift for genuine sustainable development in Europe. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Saimaa Ringed Seal in Ice Hole

IUCN National Committee Finland: Artificial Snow to Safeguard Saimaa Ringed Seal Nesting Gets Biodiversity Award 2013-2014

The Biodiversity Award for 2013-2014 goes to the voluntary work to safeguard the nesting of Saimaa Ringed Seal by covering the nests with artificial snow. Nature education for children gets an honorary award. …  

05 Dec 2014 | News story

Adoption of the Message from Guadeloupe

Message from Guadeloupe: a roadmap for actions to 2020

 The international conference on biodiversity and climate change took place 21 to 25 October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island. The conference was co-organized by the Secretariat of the CBD, the European Commission (EC), the French Government, Guadeloupe Regional Council, the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and IUCN.  

21 Nov 2014 | News story

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story

Biogradska gora National Park, Montenegro

SEE at the IUCN World Parks Congress

In just few hours, the curtain will rise on the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia - a landmark global forum on protected areas. Thousands of people will gather to determine the future of protected areas - how to increase their coverage, improve the way they are managed, and promote investment in protected areas as a solution to many of the planet's challenges. …  

11 Nov 2014 | News story


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