Items seized by UK Border Force in 2012

European Parliament takes important step to combat Wildlife Crime

An important motion for a Resolution on Wildlife Crime was approved by the European Parliament on 15 January, with 647 positive votes, 14 against and no abstentions. The Resolution calls for measures against wildlife crime, placing it on the same level as human trafficking and drug trafficking. IUCN welcomes the Resolution and is ready to provide scientific support and engage with related European Institutions,but also calls for inclusion of the crucial role of local communities and sustainable use for effective conservation. …  

20 Jan 2014 | News story
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General and Roland Siller, Member of the KfW Management Committee, Director for Europe and Asia sign the agreement on tiger conservation

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat. The agreement was signed today at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. …   | German

14 Jan 2014 | News story

Przewalski's horse (Equus ferus przewalskii)

The Big5 of Europe

The Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino are the well known 'Big Five' animals of Africa. They represent the greatest wild animal species of the continent, being the biggest, most impressive and most fascinating. Now, it is time to determine Europe's Big Five and this is the aim of the Flemish TV show The Big5 of Europe.  …  

08 Jan 2014 | News story

Natura 2000 Award

European Natura 2000 Award

The European Commission is launching a new Award designed to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The European Natura 2000 Award aims at bringing the success of the network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting biodiversity across Europe.   …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story
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European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea)

Private-public partnerships for conservation

The closing conference of the LIFE+ 3WATER project took place in Brussels on 10 December 2013 with the participation of IUCN. The project is a successful example of close cooperation between private landowners, land users, nature organizations, communities, and national and European authorities.   …  

18 Dec 2013 | News story
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Project documentary

Advance Albania news

IUCN’s work on institutional support to protected areas in Albania is entering its third year, based on a strong partnership with the Italian Cooperation, the Ministry of Environment of Albania and INCA and PPNEA, IUCN members in the country. Read the latest Newsletter to learn about IUCN’s efforts in Albania and watch the project documentary trailer. …  

18 Dec 2013 | News story
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Monk seal pup

Greece's natural wonders

In terms of biodiversity, Greece is one of the richest countries of the European Union. Its diverse features combine with a variable climate generating a great range of habitat niches and a spectacular flora and fauna. In January 2014, Greece will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. …  

16 Dec 2013 | News story

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)

Conserving Europe’s carnivores

Large carnivores have had a complicated relationship with humans. For much of history they have been persecuted as competitors, and out of fear and ignorance. Yet favourable legislation in the European Union has recently allowed these species to re-establish in many parts of the continent. This recovery has created a range of challenges for many people with whom they share the landscape.   …  

13 Dec 2013 | News story

Sa'anapu community mangrove conservation area, Samoa

Valuing natural capital: We have the will, let's show the way

On 21-22 November, more than 500 people gathered in Edinburgh for the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital. Dawn Vout, Partnership Manager for the IUCN World Parks Congress, gives her insight on IUCN blog. …  

10 Dec 2013 | News story
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Barcelona’s quest for a green urban future

On 28 November, Barcelona presented its Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan 2020 which aims to turn the city’s ambitious ideas for enhancing the role of nature into action. IUCN’s Chantal van Ham gave a keynote speech providing a European perspective on the Barcelona Plan.   …  

09 Dec 2013 | News story
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