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    IUCN welcomes Kosovo as its newest Member


    Kosovo has officially joined IUCN, thereby entering a neutral forum in which governments, NGOs, Indigenous peoples' organisations, scientists, businesses, local communities, and others shape and implement solutions to environmental challenges together.

  • Thierry Lefebvre Photo: IISD/ENB Angeles Estrada

    A cooperative network to progress towards high quality standards: an interview with protected areas expert Thierry Lefebvre


    This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Natura 2000 experts as part of the LIFE Green List for N2K project. In this interview, Thierry Lefebvre, the programme officer on protected areas of the IUCN French Committee, shares his optimism and hope...

  • Red List of finnish species 2019 Photo: Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

    Red List of Finnish species - every ninth species in Finland is threatened


     A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22,000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened. The highest proportion of threatened species is found among birds and bryophytes...

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Urban-Rural split. Oslo, Norway Photo: Ricky Leong

Nature-based solutions

Europe faces enormous challenges in the years to come. These challenges include adapting to climate change and enhancing our resilience to natural disasters, providing food to more than 500 million people, increasing our water and air quality, protecting biodiversity, tackling socio-...
Purple dissotis, La Réunion Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Marie Fischborn

Europe overseas

From the poles to the tropics, the European Union (EU) includes 34 overseas entities: 9 Outermost Regions (ORs) and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Most of the EU’s biodiversity is located in these overseas countries and territories.


Thunnus thynnus Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen

European Red List of Threatened Species

The European Red List is a review of the status of European species according to IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. It identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the European level (Pan-Europe and the European Union) so that appropriate conservation action can be...
Water hyacinth - Eichhornia crassipes Photo: CC0/Pixabay

Invasive alien species

Invasive alien species are plants or animals that are introduced by man, accidentally or intentionally, outside of their natural geographic range into an area where they are not naturally present. They are often introduced as a result of the globalisation of economies, for instance by...
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