Mediterranean Region

Zarqa River in Jordan, December 2009

Restoring the Zarqa – Respecting Our Rivers

‘When you look down the Zarqa River at Janna’a Park it is hard to imagine that 30 years ago this area was green and fertile’, said Eng.Mohammad Al Zawahra from Zarqa Municipality. ‘People would swim in clear water pools, fish, swam in the river, and we had flowing water throughout the year’. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story
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connect2earth.org

connect2earth 2009 prize awarded

Winner gains first-hand experience of UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

A 19 year-old Colombian student is this year’s grand prize winner of an international youth competition running on connect2earth, the green online and mobile community.   …   | Spanish

15 Dec 2009 | News story

2010 International Year of Biodiversity

IUCN French National Committee committed to International Year of Biodiversity

The IUCN National Committee of France will organize its upcoming National Congress on Nature, on 20 January 2010, around the theme of the International Year of Biodiversity. …   | French

10 Dec 2009 | News story

IUCN logo

IUCN welcomes 18 new Members

On 25th November 2009, the 73rd Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 18 new Members to join IUCN.
The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement.   …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2009 | News story

Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji

CEC Members Offer Advice on Communicating PAs and Climate Change

CEC members Frits Hesselink and Susanna Calvo attended the WCPA Climate Change Summit in Granada. They offer some strategic approaches to communicating the importance of protected areas to climate change mitigation.
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30 Nov 2009 | News story

The Antinea

Oceans and Climate Change: View this 6-minute video

This film explains in 6 minutes how the oceans are affected and play a major role in climate change, with a focus on alien species in the Mediterranean. CEC members went abord the vessel used by the Changing Oceans Expedition while docked in Barcelona last October. Shared with CEC by the Antinea team. …  

29 Nov 2009 | News story
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IUCN Councillors at the 73rd Meeting of Council, 23-25 November 2009

Council meeting wraps up at IUCN’s Swiss headquarters

The IUCN Council met in Gland, Switzerland from 23 to 25 November 2009. …   | French | Spanish

26 Nov 2009 | News story

Wood yard, Nam Dinh Forest Products Joint Stock Company, Vietnam

Policy makers urged to look at role environment plays in supporting communities

The importance of biodiversity and ecosystems to economies around the world is the focus of a series of five reports from the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study. The latest TEEB report, tailored for policy makers, is released today. …  

13 Nov 2009 | News story

Jordan Training

Arab governments show foresight over climate change and gender equality

With a firm agreement elusive in the countdown to the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen next month, the ability of local communities in the Arab region to fight the negative effects of climate change hang in the balance. …  

12 Nov 2009 | News story

Copenhagen COP 15

Insider's view: from Barcelona to Copenhagen

The Climate Change Talks held in Barcelona (2-6 November) under the auspices of the UNFCCC ended with the Chairmen of the two main negotiating streams expressing confidence that ‘a strong outcome of COP15 at Copenhagen can be achieved that is balanced, fair, ambitious and effective’. However, at the same time, most negotiating groups are now playing down the probability that the initially hoped-for legally binding agreement will emerge in December. They admit that there is now a lack of time as well as a lack of progress. They prefer to refer to a ‘politically binding agreement’ (the meaning of which is less than clear) and to devoting 2010 to negotiating the details of a legal treaty- i.e. legally binding under international law.  …  

09 Nov 2009 | News story
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