Current projects

American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), invasive to Europe

A framework for identifying Invasive Alien Species of European Union concern

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, particularly through their interactions with other drivers of change. There are around 12,000  IAS within EU territory, of which 1,500 have negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole. They are thought to cost the EU over €12 billion a year.   …  

20 Feb 2014 | Project description

Wolf (Canis lupus)

Conserving Europe’s carnivores

Large carnivores have had a complicated relationship with humans. For much of history they have been persecuted as competitors, and out of fear and ignorance. Yet favourable legislation in the European Union has recently allowed these species to re-establish in many parts of the continent. This recovery has created a range of challenges for many people with whom they share the landscape.   …  

13 Dec 2013 | Project description

Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro

Supporting the Long-Term Sustainable Management of Transboundary Lake Skadar

Improving practices and capacity for management of protected areas, the project intends to foster the effective management of biodiversity of Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro. Being largest on the Balkan Peninsula, Skadar Lake witnessed a number of political agreements toward its improved management and international conservation efforts. With its partners, IUCN will build on the gathered experience and establish a cross-border exchange platform for protected area authorities and other stakeholders to work jointly and ensure the sustainable future of the shared lake. …  

12 Nov 2013 | Project description

Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, Serbia

Conservation planning in South-Eastern Europe

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the implementation of conservation standards in South-Eastern Europe by supporting institutional development and creating a regional platform for nature conservation planning. To achieve this, IUCN will work closely with national nature conservation authorities in the region. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Project description


Towards the “Blue Society”

Since the start of the industrial revolution, human activities have significantly altered the very balance of our planet and the lives we all live. These activities have heavily affected marine ecosystems and the way we use our seas and oceans. European marine biodiversity is under severe threat from a range of pressures including pollution, climate change and ocean acidification, overexploitation of marine resources and invasive alien species (EEA, 2010).  …  

17 May 2013 | Project description
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Butterfly feeding

Bridging science and policy with the BiodivERsA network

Successful conservation requires sound priority setting and decision-making based on the best available science. Science-policy interfaces are social processes, which encompass relations between scientists and other actors in the policy process, and which allow for exchanges, co-evolution, and joint construction of knowledge with the aim of enriching decision-making at different scales. …  

15 Apr 2013 | Project description

Powered by nature award

Powered by Nature awards

The Earth is blessed with energy in abundance. In thousands of years, humans have discovered many different ways to harvest the energy provided by nature. We learned to use the power of the wind, the heat of the sun, the waves of the ocean. We learned to burn ancient plant matter, and we learned about the consequences of doing so. It’s time to explore new ways to address energy challenges, get people involved across borders and work together to build awareness and effect change. …  

04 Mar 2013 | Project description
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Woman wading through a bed of water hyacinths in Madagascar

BIOPAMA: connecting ACP countries and Europe

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries host a very large share of our planet’s biodiversity. The BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme by IUCN and partners assists these countries in managing their natural heritage. IUCN European Union Representative Office acts as liaison between the Programme and the European Union institutions and the ACP Secretariat, based in Brussels.   …  

26 Nov 2012 | Project description
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urban river and recreation

URBES for cities and biodiversity

In Europe around 75% of the population lives in urban areas. In some countries this figure is estimated to grow to 80% by 2020 (European Environment Agency, 2009). With increasing population densities and mounting development pressures, large tracks of land in the immediate surroundings of urban areas are undergoing a process of urbanisation. IUCN believes that investing in ecosystem management and natural infrastructure can play an important role in making our economies and societies more resilient. …  

13 Feb 2012 | Project description
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Recycling Bins

Strengthening NGOs: partnerships for energy, forestry and recycling

Concerns on the pressures affecting ecosystem and rural communities’ resilience are increasing across the European continent. The excessive use of wood biomass combined with low energy efficiency are some of the factors responsible for this trend. Export of illegally harvested raw timber, the unsustainable use of natural resources and limited recycling options exacerbate an already tenuous situation. …  

30 Jan 2012 | Project description
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