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  • Greece's environmental priorities for Europe

    On 13 December 2013, the Greek minister of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Yiannis Maniatis presented in Brussels the priorities of the upcoming Greek Presidency in the field of Environment and Climate Change.  
  • Greece's natural wonders

    In terms of biodiversity, Greece is one of the richest countries of the European Union. Its diverse features combine with a variable climate generating a great range of habitat niches and a spectacular flora and fauna. In January 2014, Greece will hold the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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).
  • 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...
  • IUCN Red List Training Course Now Online

    The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an...
  • The Snake-eyed Skink fighting the Black Pine

    The Snake-eyed Skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii) is one of the rarest and most endangered reptile species in Croatia, where it has small area of occupancy and is threatened by the habitat destruction. The Nature Park Papuk and Croatian Herpetological Society-Hyla...
  • Uncertain future of the Balkan Terrapin

    The territory of Croatia is inhabited by two species of freshwater turtles. Unlike the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) which is widespread throughout the country, the Balkan Terrapin (Mauremys rivulata) is one of the most endangered reptile species...
  • Mysterious Balkan Snow Vole

    As a poorly known species endemic to the Western Balkans, the Balkan Snow Vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi) is in the focus of a continuous research and educational activities of the Association BIOM. Its goal is to better understand the Balkan Snow Vole biology in...
  • The Karst Viper in Croatia

    The Meadow Viper (Vipera ursinii) is the smallest European viper that has fragmented and isolated distribution through Europe. Its venom is not harmful to humans since it eats crickets and grasshoppers. The Croatian Herpetological Society - Hyla is working on...
  • Natura 2000 Network enlarged with Croatia’s accession

    Croatia is characterised by a great diversity of land, marine and underground habitats with corresponding wealth of species. Becoming a Member State of the European Union, Croatia greatly contributes to the natural heritage of the EU. With 87 bird species and...
  • Combating Invasive Alien Species

    The new Nature Protection Act (Official Gazette No. 80/2013) of Croatia establishes important changes regarding Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Croatia by regulating the criteria for their import, trade and use, as well as their introduction into nature. The...
  • Large carnivores in Croatia

    Large carnivores – bear, wolf and lynx – are an important component of Croatia's biodiversity and a natural wealth which needs to be preserved. Their conservation is a complex task for which Croatia is making intense efforts, in particular for the most...
  • Protecting the Olm

    The Olm (Proteus anguinus) is endemic to subterranean freshwater habitats of the Dinaric Karst. It is the only cave-adapted vertebrate and it eats, sleeps, and breeds underwater. The Olm has adapted to living in total darkness and can survive for up to 10...
  • Monitoring of biodiversity critical for Mayotte

    One of the key issues affecting Mayotte’s ability to prioritise conservation work concerns a lack of knowledge and understanding of the very biological diversity captured on and around the island. However, both IUCN French National Committee and Mayotte’s...
  • Mayotte’s flora and forests – a threatened heritage

    Green and abundant. When visiting Mayotte you feel the ambiance of a "green island". Yet much of its forest is degraded due to very early human occupation of the island (end of the 8th century). The reduction in natural and secondary forest coverage between...
  • Managing Mayotte’s under threat mangroves

    Ever since the mid 20th Century, Mayotte’s mangroves have steadily been in decline due largely to major development projects encroaching on these important biodiversity hotspots. Although measures are now being taken to rectify the situation, more action is...
  • Supporting Mayotte’s Biodiversity Strategy

    Since June 2012, IUCN French National Committee has worked to help develop a Biodiversity Strategy for Mayotte. The process has involved the participation of numerous stakeholders and the organisation of several workshops to map out how the island’s rich...
  • Protecting the White Stork in Poland

    The Wildlife Society “Bocian” (meaning “White Stork”) has recently released a handbook on measures to protect the White Stork. The publication is primarily addressed to local authorities and veterinarians.
  • Nature in Poland

    Poland’s biodiversity is among the richest in Europe. Its transitional climate which is influenced by oceanic and continental air masses, its favourable geographical position at the centre of the continent with no natural barriers to the east or the west, its...
  • Data collection on Invasive Alien Species in Poland

    Invasive Alien Species are a major threat to biological diversity on a global scale, second only to habitat loss. Collection and dissemination of information on these species are widely recognised as crucial components for finding a solution to the problems...
  • Turnicki National Park – Future pearl of Polish nature

    The Natural Heritage Foundation, an IUCN Member, plays a key role in developing the protected areas network in the Carpathians. It supports the creation of the Turnicki National Park in the Polish Carpathians and works actively to conserve the biodiversity of...


Last updated - Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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