Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels

Report finds wildlife populations down 50% in the past 40 years – a call for action

Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels, reflects on the 10th Living Planet Report, which when released a few days ago, quickly made global headlines amidst news of war and economic crises that often overshadow environmental issues. Shocking statistics that more than half of global vertebrate species populations have declined in just 40 years force us to reflect on how we let this happen and what we can now really do to halt the decline. The data, provided by the WWF's Living Planet Index and the Global Footprint Network, concludes that terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species have declined by 39%, 76% and 39% respectively. The study prominently used data from the IUCN Red List, which has been instrumental to the knowledge base of biodiversity conservation worldwide for the past 50 years. …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

Pierre-Yves Cousteau at the NBS event

Nature-based solutions offer great untapped potential for sustainable development and prosperity

Europe is facing growing challenges in terms of climate change, increasing urbanisation, natural resource degradation, and biodiversity loss. At the same time, the lingering effects of the economic crisis have placed job creation at the centre of EU and national political agendas. In light of these challenges, there is a clear need to demonstrate how nature can be a key driver in stimulating jobs, investment and innovation, as well as preserving natural resources and biodiversity. …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

WPC Brussels Event Panel

European Protected Areas of key importance in the global context

Protected areas are the foundation of life, harbouring resilient ecosystems which are the basis of livelihoods worldwide. Rather than being a luxury, these vital areas have benefits far beyond their boundaries, providing us with economic benefits and nature-based solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, health, disaster prevention, and food and water security. Apart from their intrinsic value, they are also one of the best investments that we can make to ensure a sustainable future for our planet and for humanity itself. …  

02 Oct 2014 | News story

Luc Bas, Director, IUCN EU Representative Office

Will the new EU Commission assure Europe’s leadership on sustainable development?

IUCN EU Representative Office's Director Luc Bas reflects on the likely impact of the new European Commission line-up on the EU's environment policy for the coming five years. …  

17 Sep 2014 | News story

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Plant and animal species of importance for nature conservation in the EU

This is the title of a new publication that introduces the species inhabiting Serbia that are of importance for biodiversity conservation in Europe, indicating the need for international commitment for their protection. It provides basic information on plant and animal species whose presence can assure the protection of a certain site under the Natura 2000 network. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

Green Belt around the Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, currently the Green Capital of Europe

The results are in: 95% of Europeans value environmental protection

The 2014 Eurobarometer survey, conducted by the European Commission to monitor changes in public opinion in the EU, showed an overwhelmingly positive reaction to environmental issues from European citizens. Of the 28,000 individuals in 28 countries polled, 95% value the environment and believe that more can be done to promote its protection. Pollution was a main concern – 56% and 50% of people surveyed are worried about air and water pollution respectively, but many were also concerned about the sustainable use of natural resources. …  

08 Sep 2014 | News story

WPC 2014

INVITATION: European protected areas: Why do they matter in the global context?

The EU contribution to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 

02 Sep 2014 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at World Water Week 2014

Water and energy – life partners

World Water Week — the annual event focusing on water-related challenges — is underway in Stockholm, Sweden. IUCN is calling for increased cooperation between the water and energy sectors which is critical for sustainable development. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List wins 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is honoured this year, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, with the announcement that it will receive the 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity. …   | Dutch

22 Jul 2014 | News story

IUCN guides the cement and aggregates sector to better manage biodiversity

IUCN, in collaboration with industry associations in the cement and aggregates sector, has launched a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. …  

22 Jul 2014 | News story

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