Mediterranean Region

Risso's dolphin

Discussing Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries

The Third Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries took place in Jounieh (Lebanon), from 21 to 23 October 2014, and gathered about 50 participants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and international and regional organisations. This event was organised with the support and the collaboration of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA -MAP-UNEP), the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and the National Centre for Marine Sciences (CNRS) of Lebanon.  | French

28 Oct 2014 | News story

Red Coral in Portofino Marine Protected Area (Italy)

More research efforts are needed to understand the conservation status of Mediterranean corals

Over the last two years, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was coordinating the expert group to assess the status of the Mediterranean anthozoans. After intensive data gathering, monitoring and analysis the experts estimated that around 45% of species were listed as Data Deficient, that is, there is no adequate information to make an assessment of its risk of extinction. The preliminary results of the evaluation indicate that approximately 11% of the species assessed are threatened of extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM.  | French

24 Oct 2014 | News story

Peninsula of Sinis (Sardegna, Italy)

Sinis Marine Protected Area, a true Ecotourism experience

The managers of the Protected Marine Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre (Italy) have participated in the test phase for the preparation of a catalogue of ecotourism packages in Mediterranean protected areas as part of the EU-funded MEET project.  | French

16 Oct 2014 | News story

Parc National d'Ichkeul (Tunesie)

Enquête pour l’inventaire bibliographique relatif aux sites de l’Ichkeul et de la Sebkha de Sidi Mansour (Tunisie)

Le projet “Promotion de la valeur des zones clés pour la biodiversité à travers l’implication des organisations de la société civile (OSC) dans leur conservation et gestion en Afrique du Nord” est un projet sous régional, coordonnée par le Centre de Coopération pour la Méditerranée de l’UICN (UICN-Med), visant l’amélioration du mode de gestion et de gouvernance des espaces protégés et des zones clés pour la biodiversité dans le hotspot de la Méditerranée.  

28 Sep 2014 | News story

Bahia Palma Vella

The IUCN Spanish Committee supports the Green List of Protected Areas

The Green List of Protected Areas is a new standard implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which aims to assess the Natural governance and management quality (efficiency and equity) of Protected Areas. This List will be officially presented next November (2014) during the World Park Congress organized in Sydney (Australia). …   | French

23 Sep 2014 | News story


New website set to benefit Mediterranean ecotourism sector

The MEET Network aims to improve the cooperation between Mediterranean protected areas and sustainable tourism. …   | French | Spanish

18 Sep 2014 | News story

Calderón común (Globicephala melas)

What do you know about Alboran cetaceans and marine turtles ?

The Alboran Sea is one of the richest biodiversity points in the Mediterranean Sea, but at the same time, it is one of the busiest shipping routes. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation IUCN has just published 9 fact sheets of cetacean and 5 of marine turtles that frequent the waters of the Alboran Sea. These fact sheets aim at describing the current knowledge about these species in the Alboran Sea and their fragile status of conservation. …   | French | Spanish

31 Jul 2014 | News story

Mar del Alborán

Results of the POCTEFEX-Alboran Project

The two years project "POCTEFEX-ALBORAN:Shared natural management of cross-border space", has aimed to facilitate the exchange of experience between front line contributors and stakeholders to identify the priorities that can improve natural resource governance in the Alboran Sea and promote sustainable and integrated management of the environment. IUCN-Med has played an important role in the development this POCTEFEX project. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

IUCN Sailing to Barcelona

Conservation news from South Eastern Europe

The summer issue of the IUCN SEE e-Bulletin brings the nature conservation news from the region and features in the Focus section The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Throughout 2014 we are celebrating its significant contribution in guiding conservation action and policy decisions over the past 50 years. …  

16 Jul 2014 | News story

Paysage Marocain

Two new IUCN Members in the Mediterranean region

The IUCN Council has just validated the decision taken by its Bureau, on 2 July 2014, to approve the admission of 11 new Members, two of which are from the Mediterranean region: the Moroccan Club for Environment and Development and the Jordanian Society for Microbial Biodiversity. …   | French

16 Jul 2014 | News story

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