Ráckeve, Hungary

Green infrastructure, a sustainable answer to Europe’s challenges

Green Infrastructure (GI) is an innovative way of protecting biodiversity while simultaneously contributing to sustainable and smart growth. It is defined as a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas, which deliver a wide range of ecosystem services in terrestrial and marine areas. Green Infrastructure is also a key component of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and contributes to the restoration of degraded ecosystems in Europe, the enhancement of ecosystem services, and climate change adaptation. …  

24 Oct 2014 | News story

Lake Ohrid, FYR Macedonia

Regional directors jointly for nature

The rich natural heritage of our region depends on the coordinated action of all countries – this is a message sent out by the nature conservation authorities today in Ohrid. IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe (IUCN SEE) has partnered with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia in organizing the first annual meeting of national nature conservation authorities in the region to work toward defining regional priorities and joint activities in nature conservation.   …  

21 Oct 2014 | News story

Conference participants

European Green Belt Association established

Held in late September, the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference marked a milestone for future cooperation: a legal body in charge of the Initiative’s coordination was established. Transboundary management of protected areas, ecosystem services and nature tourism will be some of its regional priorities. …  

19 Oct 2014 | News story

Lake Ohrid

Supporting Effective Management of Lake Ohrid

The Inception Workshop for the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region” was held on 15-16 September in Pogradec, Albania, marking the beginning of a three-year project aimed at reinforcing the protection and effective management of the Lake Ohrid region.  …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story

ENCA meeting

Working at the landscape scale

Landscape Scale Planning and Management was the hot topic at European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) Plenary meeting hosted by Natural England last days of September. …  

06 Oct 2014 | News story

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

European Regional Office