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May 2011
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Dear Members, Readers,

I am delighted to welcome you to the revised Newsletter from the IUCN Regional Office for Europe. It has been a while since our last issue and a lot has happened both in Europe and within IUCN since our last publication.

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Hans Friederich

European Red List

IUCN is working on producing a European Red List of Threatened species -  a review of the conservation status of species through our the European Union and the rest of Europe, according to the IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. 

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European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) 2008 IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

European Habitats Forum

The European Habitats Forum (EHF) is a group of 22 NGO networks that provides input and advice to DG Environment on biodiversity issues, particularly relating to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives. IUCN EURO provides the Secretariat for the Forum and is lead by Ana Nieto, Regional Biodiversity Conservation Officer.

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Poppy Field

Influencing EU Policy

The Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup is an informal grouping of MEP’s from all nationalities and political colours who share an interest in the two most fundamental environmental challenges of the coming decades: biodiversity loss and climate change. 

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IUCN’s Engagement with Cities and Local Authorities

Today, well over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. As the world urbanises, biodiversity and ecosystems are deteriorating at alarming rates with discernable social and economic consequences. In addressing the plight of nature, IUCN recognises that cities and local authorities can play a decisive role.

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Cobblestones in Lancaster, UK

Europe Overseas: Valuable, Vulnerable, Vital

IUCN builds partnerships for Europe Overseas to meet biodiversity and climate change challenges. The European Union (EU) has hundreds of small islands and large stretches of land spread across the four corners of the Earth from polar to tropical latitudes.

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Sea urchin

European Business and Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the foundation for economic, social and cultural development. Continued biodiversity loss will irreversibly compromise the natural resources that societies and businesses depend upon but often taken for granted. Involving business in the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and fair sharing of the benefits has become an important challenge for the business community.

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Saving Forests in Eastern Europe

A significant proportion of the world’s timber is harvested, transported, processed and traded in violation of national and international laws. Poor governance of forest resources combines with weak rule of law to undermine sustainable economic growth, societal equity, and environmental conservation.

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Forests in Svaneti, Georgia

Monica Jacobs

Monica Jacobs We are delighted to announce the appointment of Monica Jacobs as Head, EU Representative Office in Brussels, Belgium as of the 13th April 2011. Monica is a seasoned professional who will help forward IUCN's role in Brussels.
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Regional Conservation Forum

The European Members of IUCN will meet during 7-9 September 2011 to discuss the contents of the next inter-sessional Programme 2013-2016. Representatives from no less than one third of IUCN’s global membership will get together at the Wissenschaftzentrum (i.e. the Centre for Science) in Bonn, Germany to guide the preparations for the next World Conservation Congress in 2012.
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A new role for IUCN in the Caucasus

IUCN has been present in the Caucasus since the mid-1990s when the first national NGOs joined as Members. Opened in October 2006, the IUCN office in the Caucasus is part of IUCN’s Pan-European region and one of three sub-regional offices. It has been responsible for the implementation of the Union’s programme in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and for liaison with Member organizations and Commission members in the region.
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IUCN South Eastern Europe

The IUCN Balkan Initiative Programme was created in 2002 at the European IUCN/WCPA meeting in Pörtschach, Austria. Subsequently, a meeting held at IUCN headquarters in Gland in February 2003 identified the clear need for a special sub-regional programme concentrated on the Balkans. This need along with a request from Members in the region resulted in the IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe (IUCN SEE) being established in 2004 in Belgrade, Serbia.
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IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) © 2011

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. IUCN Regional Office for Europe (ROfE) covers the whole of Europe and North and Central Asia and is IUCN’s largest programmatic region containing two global biodiversity hotspots: The Mediterranean basin and the Caucasus

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