Dear Members, dear friends,
Natural resources are at the heart of human development and well-being. In today’s globalized world, even more, the protection of these natural resources cannot be perceived in the confines of national boundaries only. Nature, species and habitats know no administrative borders. Countries, close or distant, need to work together in concerted efforts.
Transboundary Conservation is IUCN’s response to the need for regional cooperation on nature conservation. A dedicated Specialist Group within IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) has worked for years on defining best approaches to foster cooperation across borders worldwide.
In the present newsletter you will learn more about IUCN’s efforts on Transboundary Conservation, in particular in South-Eastern Europe where IUCN has been most active in bringing together Members and partners from different countries for joint conservation action.
This newsletter will also inform you on some of the latest developments in Europe. The new year has started at full speed, as we have been busy with new recruitments and lots of programmatic work.
Luc Bas will be the new Director of the IUCN European Union Representative Office. Also, two programme staff were added to the European team and we are in the process of selecting a new Director for the IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre.
As agreed at a meeting at the beginning of the year in Copenhagen, involving IUCN National Committees in Europe, European Councillors and the Secretariat, the Implementation Plan for the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 in Europe is in the making and it should be ready by the summer. A recent meeting of IUCN Members in South-Eastern Europe analysed priorities for nature conservation in the region with a view to developing a new programmatic strategy. See IUCN’ s key projects in Europe, North and Central Asia.
Director, IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe