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Espoo wins second edition of Finnish Countdown 2010 competition

The 550-year-old City of Espoo in Southern Finland received the 2009 award for biodiversity by the Minister of the Environment, Paula Lehtomäki. To celebrate its 550th anniversary, the City has decided to protect a 550-hectares forested area which covers three per cent of the total area of Espoo. …  

25 Mar 2009 | News story

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Delete? French artist offers to work with IUCN to save species

French wildlife artist Thierry Bisch is developing a project with IUCN to deliver a powerful message about the need to protect threatened species. …  

02 Mar 2009 | News story

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Green Belt...the ribbon of life

On Friday, 6 March at 8 pm GMT BBC 2 will show in the United Kingdom as part of the TV series “The Natural World” the film “Iron curtain – the ribbon of life”. …  

27 Feb 2009 | News story

Discussing the KTMR Management Plan  in Chikharula, Georgia.

IUCN to support stakeholder participation in protected areas of Georgia

A consortium led by the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus has received a BP “Eco-Award” for the project Facilitating stakeholder participation in protected areas of Georgia.  

26 Feb 2009 | News story
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Stockholm and Hamburg win first European Green Capital awards

Yesterday, Stockholm and Hamburg were named as the first winners of the new European Green Capital award. The Swedish capital will be the European Green Capital in 2010 followed by Hamburg in 2011. The European Commission’s new award scheme encourages cities to improve the quality of urban life by taking the environment systematically into account in urban planning. …  

24 Feb 2009 | News story

Building on long standing foundations: Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between IUCN and Belgium

The European Parliament witnessed the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Belgian Federal Ministry for Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and IUCN Regional Office for Pan-Europe upon the occasion of the event on the European Biodiversity Action Plan co-organized by Countdown 2010 and the EP Intergroup on Sustainable Development . …  

24 Feb 2009 | News story

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National experts in Georgia conclude TEMATEA consultation process and agree on way forward

Key national experts from the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, other government institutions, the NGO sector and the knowledge community have concluded the consultation and capacity building process aimed at the improved and more coherent implementation of international conventions relevant to protected areas, and mapped out main directions for the further application of the outcomes of the process. The final guidelines for improved implementation were presented and discussed at the Ministry on 19 February, 2009. …  

19 Feb 2009 | News story
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The Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Mr. Giorgi Khachidze, and IUCN South Caucasus Director Mr. Ramaz Gokhelashvili during the MoU siging ceremony.

IUCN and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia agree on extensive cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia. The MoU was signed by Mr. Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, and Mr. Ramaz Gokhelashvili, the IUCN South Caucasus Director, on 19 February, 2009. …  

19 Feb 2009 | News story

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Estimated carbon emissions from the IUCN World Conservation Congress fully offset

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a truly unique event in its capacity to unite so many members of the global environmental community. To the delegates, this unmatched opportunity for learning, exchanging ideas, and meeting new people is priceless. …   | French | Spanish

12 Feb 2009 | News story

Green Infrastructure

Economic meltdown and the rise of nature - Investing in green infrastructure

by Tamas Marghescu, Regional Director for Pan-Europe

Our economies are tumbling and millions of people all over the world are losing their jobs. Politicians in the North are responding to the current global economic crisis in the same manner as their forebears responded to the Great Depression, around three quarters of a century ago. To stimulate an economic resurgence and create new employment, governments are inter alia, using public, financial resources to invest in the construction of infrastructure (roads, airports, railways etc.). …  

09 Feb 2009 | News story
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