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  • •	The American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is introduced to the British Isles and Italy where it is having a significant impact on both the agriculture sector and the forestry industry, as well as causing ecological damage to forest ecosystems. Photo: Sandro Bertolino

    European Commission move to tackle invasive species a good start but more needed


    The new legislative proposal released yesterday by the European Commission aims to ensure coordinated action at the EU level to curb the impacts of invasive alien species. IUCN, uniting some of the leading experts on this subject in Europe, welcomes the new proposal but highlights some concerns. 

  • New Caledonia Reefs from the air Photo: Dan laffoley

    Pacific Plan annual report shows progress on sustainable development


    In the recently published Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report 2013, a number of issues related to the region’s efforts to develop sustainably have been reported on. Some of the highlights include: the legislative and regulatory framework for Deep Sea Minerals that has been endorsed by all 15 Pacific ACP states; the development of MPAs in the region, including New Caledonia’s desire to implement a conservation area to link up with that of Australia; and increased collaboration amongst Pacific states to combat IUU fishing.    

  • The Deputy Premier Dr. Pickering (centre) is flanked by François Simard of IUCN and Jacques Trouvilliez of the Ministère de l'écologie Photo: Chris Carroll

    BVI Deputy Premier commits to Protected Areas


    At an event in the European Parliament that was hosted by MEP Maurice Ponga and jointly organised by IUCN and EBCD, the Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands has reaffirmed the island’s commitment to implementing protected areas and their goal to protect 33% of the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment of the territory.

  • IMPAC logo Photo: IMPAC

    IMPAC - 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress


    21-25 October 2013, Marseille, France

  • The endemic Henderson fruit dove Photo: Richard Cuthbert

    Henderson Island newsletter and update on rat eradication


    The Henderson Island July newsletter is now available. The newsletter is produced by the RSPB and documents the most recent update on the outcome of their 2011 eradication attempt, some of the benefits for the endemic Henderson Island wildlife, and an outline of RSPB’s approach over the coming months to restore Henderson Island.

  • Southern sting ray swimming off the island of Grand Turk in the Caribbean Photo: Caroline Robertson-Brown

    Key initiatives build bridges for protected areas management in the Caribbean


    Regional meetings of two major initiatives focused on protected areas management and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean have provided space for BIOPAMA to strengthen its position in the region, as well as continue capacity building efforts at the multi-stakeholder level.

  • Logo Photo: Impact3

    Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations


    Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world.

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    Cultural mapping and policy for Wallis and Futuna underway


    Wallis and Futuna, the two islands that together form a single country in the heart of the Pacific, have begun a process of cultural mapping to work towards developing a cultural policy in which agricultural and environmental traditional knowledge and conservation will play a central role.

  • Photograph of some of the participants at the workshop Photo: Romain RENOUX

    Saint Martin addresses sustainable tourism


    How does an island with 100 000 inhabitants welcome 2 million tourists a year without damaging its biodiversity? This was the key question that the island of Saint Martin looked to address during a recent three day workshop on sustainable tourism and MPAs.  

  • Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean Photo: David Obura

    Mayotte: yet to be recognized exceptional biodiversity


    The French overseas department of Mayotte is located in the biogeographical area of the Comoros Archipelago, at the heart of the Mozambique Channel and close to Madagascar. Mayotte hosts a variety of land and marine tropical ecosystems which are of major ecological value, despite significant landscape changes due to the exploitation of first sugar cane and later rice. Read more about Mayotte in the new Country Focus.


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