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Zavratnica bay, significant landscape (IUCN category V)

EU Nature legislation ‘fit for purpose’, but implementation needs to be strengthened, finds European Commission study

A report published by the European Commission today has found that the EU’s Nature Directives, the backbone of European conservation action, are ‘fit for purpose’. The draft findings of a study on the EU Birds and Habitats Directives show that the legislation, where implemented appropriately, has been effective in protecting some of Europe’s most threatened species and habitats, especially within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Overall, the Directives are deemed to have made a ‘major contribution’ to the goal of halting biodiversity loss in the EU, the target agreed by all EU member states in the EU’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

MEET stand at the London World Travel Market

Ecotourism in Mediterranean Protected Areas promoted at the World Travel Market

The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project was exhibited their catalogue of 12 ecotourism packages at the London World Travel Market (WTM) held on 2-5 November at Excel London. WTM is the leading global event for the travel industry, attracting over 50,000 travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Logo for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

IUCN Elections – Call for Nominations now open.

IUCN Member Organisations and Institutions have been invited to propose names for the positions of President, Treasurer and Chairs of IUCN’s Commissions and to nominate candidates for Regional Councillor, for the period 2016-2020. IUCN Commission members may also propose names for the position of Chairs of Commissions. …  

12 Nov 2015 | Article

Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

IUCN and UNESCO welcome no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm had received a licence to explore for oil in an area overlapping Kenya’s World Heritage-listed Lake Turkana National Parks. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

8th RCF West Asia

Innovative Natural Solutions, Motivating Change

Starting yesterday, over 150 representatives of governments, NGOs and the business sector from West Asia came together in Amman, Jordan for the 8th IUCN West Asia Regional Conservation Forum. …  

11 Nov 2015 | News story

Santuario de Flora y Fauna Los Colorados, Caribe. Colombia

Integrando la biodiversidad y la gestión de riesgo en los planes de desarrollo territorial local y ordenamiento territorial

 En el año 2014, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (PNNC) y la Unión Internacional de Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) empezaron un proceso para integrar la planeación territorial y el desarrollo local con los servicios ambientales que las áreas protegidas proveen en dos municipios rurales de Colombia: Santa Rosa (Cauca) y San Juan Nepomuceno (Bolívar). 

10 Nov 2015 | News story

Youth in Havasu Park, USA

Improving health and well-being

This month’s newsletter’s theme, ‘Improving HEALTH and WELL-BEING’, invokes many inspiring places.  All protected areas are truly inspiring when one considers the huge contribution they make in so many ways to human  health and well-being, through the provision of oxygen, clean water, food and medicinal plants, bioprospecting, disaster risk reduction, and health care by providing safe, clean and beautiful environments for people to walk and move in.  Protected areas and the biodiversity they conserve are also crucial to help address climate change. …  

10 Nov 2015 | Article

Mini-Hydro in the Solomon Islands

Mini-Hydro Training in the Solomon Islands

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the support of the Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy (VOCTEC) Program from Arizona State University, the Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Program led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Secretariat (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), and the Department of Energy of the Solomon Islands are hosting a Mini-Hydro training workshop for Mini-Hydro technicians from 4 to 13 November 2015 at Bulelevata Village in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. …  

10 Nov 2015 | News story

Erosion due to logging in Papua

Indonesia’s Papua provinces link REDD+ benefit sharing with local forest governance efforts

Leveraging local Forest Management Units and customary boundaries mapping to build REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements is playing an important role in Indonesia’s national climate plans, forest tenure reforms and green growth strategy …  

09 Nov 2015 | Article

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