2013

Landscape Albania

Agricultural land abandonment and biodiversity

Rural landscape constantly changes replying to human demands and socio-economic challenges. Farming practices in fertile and accessible land, usually lowlands, are increasingly intensified, while mountains’ farming systems become marginalized and abandoned. A two-year project lead by University of Ioannina, Greece analysed the impact of agricultural abandonment on landscape structure, vegetation and farmland birds in South-Eastern Europe. The 72 sites in the Balkans were part of the research, 12 in Albania and 20 in Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. …  

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Local Collaborators

Winter bird monitoring in Buna River Protected Landscape

IUCN expert Francesca Pella, supported by the ornithologist Mikel Salvador Corres from Spain led water bird monitoring exercises in the Buna river Protected Landscape with the team of wildlife trainees last January. The group learned about the bird migration concept, a key topic that explains the importance of wintering sites and justifies the conservation of the Buna river wetlands. The next water bird monitoring session was held end of March, with the support of Borut Stumberger and Peter Sackl from Euronatur. …  

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Mr. Astrit Xhafa, Mayor of Lunik Commune

Towards sustainable tourism

Last years’ decentralization process in Albania has made an impact on the local administration, including the protected areas. Development and management plans implementation require a strong institutional collaboration platform. Mr. Astrit Xhafa, Mayor of Lunik Commune in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park shares his thoughts on challenges and benefits that the life in a protected area brings. …  

15 May 2013 | Article
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The panel from left to right: Dr Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN; H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor, Koh Kong Province; Mr Meas Sophal, Deputy Director of General Department of Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment; Mrs Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director, Sustainable Development Foundation

Ecosystems are transboundary

In early 2013, two bordering provinces of Thailand and Cambodia discussed possible transboundary collaboration. A group of 34 representatives from communities, academy, local government offices in Trat, as well as a team of the Sustainable Development Foundation and IUCN, travelled to Koh Kong, Cambodia to meet with H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor of Koh Kong province, and other officials, as part of the European Union funded project Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR). …  

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Standards developed by IUCN adopted in Albanian law

The Albanian Minister of Environment, Mr Fatmir Mediu, signed the Order N. 148 on 21.2.2013 which gives legal force to the standardized structure of management plans for the protected area prepared by the working group headed by IUCN within the framework of the “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” project. The Minister’s Order states that when elaborating a protected area management plan proposal, all institutions are legally obliged to use the approved standard structure as the base document. …  

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Dr Simon Stuart presents Sir David Attenborough with the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

Conservation royalty awarded IUCN’s highest award

Distinguished conservationist, Sir David Attenborough, received the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal earlier this week at a special presentation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Strong core of leaders selected for IUCN World Parks Congress

A strong core of leaders has been decided for the main programme streams at the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. Held under the theme ‘Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions’, the Congress will help set the agenda for protected areas for the next ten years. …  

15 May 2013 | Article

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Action is needed to preserve the world’s most inspiring natural sites

IUCN recommends taking action to tackle major threats to natural sites ahead of the 37th World Heritage Committee this June, including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Proyecto AbE, sitio Nor Yauyos Cochas, Perú. 2013.

Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas: el plan en Perú.

 El gran desafío del mundo actual: hacer frente al cambio climático. ¿Cómo? Con la Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas (AbE). …  

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Couverture du bulletin Inf'O

Inf'O, bulletin d'information sur l'eau et l'environnement spécial exploitation minière

Réalisée en collaboration avec le Partenariat Régional de l’Eau pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (GWP-AO) dans le cadre de l’Initiative pour la réduction de la pauvreté et la gestion de l’environnement (PREMI), cette édition d’Inf’O est consacrée au thème « Exploitation minière et protection de l’environnement et des ressources naturelle en Afrique de l’Ouest ». …  

15 May 2013 | News story
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