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SPAMIs in the Mediterranean

Seven New Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance

Policy makers from 21 Mediterranean countries approved to include seven new sites on the SPAMI list (Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance) at the last meeting of Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held in Paris (February 2012), officially informed by the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story

Alimoche

Did you know that almost 25% of Spain’s land is included in Natura 2000?

Protected areas in Spain cover more than 15 million hectares, representing over 27% of its land area. And almost a quarter of the whole Spanish territory is part of the Natura 2000 Network which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This month, the IUCN National Committee and Member organizations in Spain showcase their activities and achievements in nature conservation in the third edition of the IUCN European Country Focus. …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story
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Forum web-spaces for the 2012 IUCN Congress

Congress Forum just a few clicks away

Enhance your experience of the Forum and visit the dedicated web-spaces, which have been specifically designed to give easy access to important information surrounding the event. …   | French | Spanish

01 Apr 2012 | News story

IUCN’s impact on global conservation

IUCN’s impact on global conservation

As preparations gear up for the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, we take a look at what impact these events have on international nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Apr 2012 | News story

Andrej Sovinc, IUCN WCPA Regional Chair for Europe

Andrej Sovinc: Ad-Interim Chair for WCPA Europe

Andrej Sovinc from Slovenia has agreed to take on the role, subject to approval from Council.  …  

26 Mar 2012 | News story
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Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN mourns loss of former President Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN is profoundly saddened by the loss of Professor Mohamed Kassas, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Cairo and former President of IUCN, who passed away yesterday in Cairo. …  

22 Mar 2012 | News story

El Hierro, Canary Islands

Islands and coasts high on the EU maritime agenda

The European Commission has just adopted its programme on an Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The programme proposes 20 actions for a total amount of 40 million euros to support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans, and the expansion of scientific knowledge, recognizing the role of the coastal, insular and outermost regions of the EU. …  

21 Mar 2012 | News story

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Spring flowers in bloom

Spring is in the air - flowers are beginning to bloom, snow is melting, plants are turning green, and Easter is around the corner. While many people are concerned with what floral arrangement to put on the dinner table, very few are aware that many European wild flowers are threatened with extinction, according to the European Red List of Vascular Plants, a project carried out by IUCN, financed by the European Commission. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

El Hierro, Canary Islands

EU overseas example to us all, says European Commission

The European Commission has published a video-presentation on EU action to support its Outermost Regions (ORs): Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin, Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

Zona restaurada de la Cantera de HOLCIM en Torredonjimeno (Jaén)

Nueva vida para la cantera de la fábrica de cemento en Jamilena (Jaén)

La restauración de la antigua cantera de la fábrica de cemento de Holcim en el municipio de Torredonjimeno (Jaén) ha permitido recuperar más de 400.000 m2 de uso recreativo para los vecinos de la comarca, con un área ambiental, una zona deportiva y un nuevo Museo de la Minería y la Biodiversidad. En la restauración de la cantera se ha contado con la colaboración de la Unión Internacional de Conservación de la Naturaleza (IUCN) que ha ayudado a definir el plan técnico de restauración. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story


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