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  • Summer Northern Lights in Oulu Photo: Flickr/Visit Finland

    Finland to host the next IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia


    IUCN officially announces Helsinki, Finland, as the host of the 2015 Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, from 14 to 17 December 2015.

  • Pitcairn Island, South Pacific Photo: Tony Probst

    Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands


    IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.

  • New Caledonia coast Photo: Aurélie Bocquet

    Europe’s marine and coastal biodiversity still degrading, according to European Environment Agency


    In its State of the Environment Report 2015 just released, the European Environment Agency highlights improvements while pointing out that Europe is not on track to meet its environmental goals. More ambitious policies and actions are needed to address the challenges.

  • Dr. Earle visiting the local school on Ascension Island Photo: Dan Laffoley

    Mounting pressure for marine protection


    IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world.

  • The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France Photo: IUCN - Dan Laffoley

    Over €6 million boost for nature conservation in European Overseas Countries and Territories


    There’s good news for biodiversity conservation in the millions of square kilometres of land and ocean that make up European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories with the launch of a grants fund of over €6 million to be coordinated by IUCN. 

  • B4Life initiative logo Photo: European Commission

    New funding opportunities for environmental projects in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories


    One of the strategic orientations coming from the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change conference, held in Guadeloupe in October 2014, stressed the need for facilitated access to funding for European Overseas entities’ stakeholders, especially to small grants, and for regional partnerships. With its BEST 2.0 programme, the European Commission is providing new funding opportunities for projects in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

  • Saba from the Sea Photo: DCNA Nature

    International Recognition for Protected Areas and Species in the Dutch Caribbean


    Nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean just took a giant leap toward a more sustainable future with international recognition of three more or our protected areas and six more species, including our most important reef building corals. The Saba National Marine Park, the Man O’ War Shoal Marine Park on St. Maarten and the St. Eustatius National Marine Park are now officially recognized as protected areas under the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).  

  • DG DEVCO lunch time conference on the BEST initiative Photo: DG DEVCO Infopoint

    Contributing to global biodiversity - the BEST initiative


    EU DG DEVCO lunch time conference on ‘Contributing to global biodiversity’ features the BEST initiative.

  • Adult Antarctic Krill Photo: Rob King

    Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean


    Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean.

  • Adoption of the Message from Guadeloupe Photo: Monique Borboen

    Message from Guadeloupe: a roadmap for actions to 2020


     The international conference on biodiversity and climate change took place 21 to 25 October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island. The conference was co-organized by the Secretariat of the CBD, the European Commission (EC), the French Government, Guadeloupe Regional Council, the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and IUCN.


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