IUCN’s 2017 highlights in Europe

Without doubt, 2017 was an eventful year for IUCN in Europe, providing scientific evidence to support good conservation policy, such new IUCN Red List species assessments, making the case for strengthened action and investment on nature-based solutions, and participating in the EU policy processes related to plastic discards and unsustainable agriculture, two of the most serious threats to Europe’s biodiversity.

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2018 continues to march on and now is as good an opportunity as any to reflect on some of the events of last year as well as the achievements of the conservation community in Europe. These and other highlights from 2017 are detailed in the IUCN European Region Annual Report 2017. The lessons learned over the past year can help to inform our action in 2018 and beyond.

“In 2017, once again we saw some progress towards more sustainable management of our ecosystems but need to start a true transition to a just and circular economy while addressing the global impacts of our consumption,” said Luc Bas, Director of the IUCN European Regional Office.

“With important political developments on the horizon, 2018 has the potential to be a turning point.”

Download the European Region Annual Report 2017.

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