Europe

Dark-winged Groundling (Brachythemis fuscopalliata)

IUCN study draws attention to the critical state of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presents alarming findings from the most comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessment in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The study aims at raising the current low profile of freshwater biodiversity conservation in this region, promoting integrated water resource management practices, and providing reliable and up-to-date data for decision makers. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Saba from the Sea

International Recognition for Protected Areas and Species in the Dutch Caribbean

Nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean just took a giant leap toward a more sustainable future with international recognition of three more or our protected areas and six more species, including our most important reef building corals. The Saba National Marine Park, the Man O’ War Shoal Marine Park on St. Maarten and the St. Eustatius National Marine Park are now officially recognized as protected areas under the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).
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20 Jan 2015 | News story

Panel Discussion led by Mr. Luc Bas

URBES Final Conference: Nature's Solutions for European Urban Areas

Nature is of great value to cities – it improves quality of life, reduces ecological footprints, mitigates the impacts of climate change, and strengthens the green economy. …  

20 Jan 2015 | News story

IUCN World Heritage Panel, December 2014

IUCN World Heritage Panel meets to discuss proposed new listings for 2015

The IUCN World Heritage Panel met in December to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2015. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites.  …  

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Peacock butterfly

IUCN welcomes 13 new Members

 The IUCN Council has admitted 13 new Members to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

14 Jan 2015 | News story

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). …   | French

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


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