Wild-harvested cranberries from Polistovsky Nature Reserve

Impact and legacy of promoting forest management through ecotourism in Bezhanitsy Russia

Between 2009 and 2012, IUCN supported Polistovsky’s forest community in Russia’s Bezhanitsy municipality (Western Russia) in developing ecotourism opportunities, in response to the region’s collapsing community and unsustainable forest management. This community-based ecotourism was aimed at improving environmental management and empowering the local community in the pursuit of more sustainable livelihoods. …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article

Greek Juniper Woods in Prespa.

Priority habitats conservation in Prespa

The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) in Greece is carrying out several initiatives which focus on agro-forestry. Among these, JunEx is a large-scale EU LIFE-funded project for the conservation of the priority habitat type Greek Juniper Woods (GJWs).   …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)

Intensification of conservation efforts for the protection of pelicans

The new IUCN Member Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) has been active in the last 22 year in the Prespa area, a region shared between Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia hosting the globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus). …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Vascular Plants of Greece: An Annotated Checklist

Vascular plants of Greece: an annotated checklist

After more than a century from the last publication (Halácsy’s Conspectus Florae Graecae, 1900-1904), Greece’s plant diversity has been comprehensively inventoried in a new joint publication of the IUCN Candidate Member Hellenic Botanical Society and the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Monk Seal

Discovering Mediterranean Monk Seal populations

The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the most endangered species on the planet and Europe’s most endangered marine mammal. Greece hosts the largest reproductive population in Europe (approx. 250-300 individuals) and almost half of the world’s population of this rare species.   …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
1 Comment | Write a comment

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

Conserving priority forests and forest openings

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is implementing the project FOR OPEN FORESTS aiming at the conservation of forests and forest openings, in cooperation with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER, the Region of Sterea Ellada and the NGO Arcturos.   …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Greek. The land of diversity.

A celebration of Greek biodiversity

Greece is a very diverse country and the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) has decided to celebrate this by publishing the large folio Greece. The Land of Diversity. This special publication aims at providing information and increasing public awareness regarding Greece’s invaluable natural inheritance. …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Alboran Island

Identifying sites in the Alboran Sea to be managed for conservation and sustainable use

This week, representatives from the neighboring countries of the Alboran Sea are meeting at the premises of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) in Malaga to re-launch multilateral working groups to identify and establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the open seas, including the deep seas. …  

11 Dec 2013 | News story

View of Rotterdam

Rotterdam - The transition to urban resilience

The film Rotterdam - The transition to urban resilience introduces Rotterdam as one of the European cities aligned with the URBES - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project. The city presents its experiences and future perspectives on strengthening the resilience of the urban ecosystem as a way to deal with environmental changes.  …  

10 Dec 2013 | Video
0 Comments | Write a comment

Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana

L’UICN invité à la Table Ronde sur le commerce illégal des espèces menacées et le braconnage

A l’occasion de la table ronde consacrée au trafic d’espèces menacées et au braconnage, organisée par Nicolas Hulot, Envoyé Spécial du Président de la République pour la Protection de la Planète, lors du Sommet pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique, l’UICN a été conviée à restituer les conclusions du Sommet Africain sur les Eléphants qui s’est tenu à Gaborone (Botswana) du 2 au 4 décembre 2013. …  

10 Dec 2013 | News story