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    Testing phase of LIFE Green List for Natura 2000 project begins

    IUCN is currently carrying out the EU-funded LIFE project – “Improving the performance of the Natura 2000 network through a Green Listing approach” - to determine the feasibility of applying the IUCN Green List Sustainability Standard to Natura 2000. As part of the project, participants have begun testing a set of indicators in different sites throughout the Natura 2000 network.

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    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. 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.

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    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, have signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in Marseille.

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    Recognising and Inspiring Conservation Success in Natura 2000

    The conservation of nature is essential for the future of humanity, which requires thriving biodiversity to support a healthy and habitable planet. Well-governed, well-designed and well-managed protected areas are our most effective tools for conserving nature, and these important natural spaces provide a wide range of ecological, socio-economic, cultural and spiritual benefits to our communities.


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    European experts come together to focus on innovations to improve forest benefits


    Involving the right people at the right time is key to the success of any new venture. The SINCERE project has turned its focus to a broad range of European-level experts and invited their insight and experience on the development of the project’s eleven Case...

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    Improving European action on forest management


    The European Union consults on its deforestation and forest degradation action plan The European Commission launched its consultation on ‘Deforestation and forest degradation – stepping up EU action’ in January. There are three weeks left to send in...

  • Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy – an IUCN Green List Park Photo: Dev Aiama

    The IUCN Green List journey continues in Italy


    The newly formed Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL) for Italy - composed of 14 members with diverse expertise on protected area and biodiversity governance and management effectiveness - begins scaling-up the Green List in Italy in 2019. Italy...

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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...
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-...
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