Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Members of the National Association for Protection of Nature in Tobruk

Supporting Libya nature conservation

Libya remains as one of the most biologically diverse countries in the Mediterranean, but at the same time preserving its fragile environment from Sahara expanses and climate change is challenging. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has recently made a mission in Libya to promote two projects: the first one is about Small Initiatives for Civil Society Organizations in North Africa (PPI-OSCAN, its acronym in French) funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) and the MAVA Foundation, the second project is about “Promoting the value of key biodiversity areas in North Africa through the involvement of civil society in their conservation and management” supported by the critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). …   | French

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Participants à l’atelier de démarrage du projet UICN-Med/CEPF en Algérie

Un atelier au service de la biodiversité d'Afrique du Nord

Les 21 et 22 janvier dernier a eu lieu en Algérie l’atelier de lancement du projet UICN-Med/CEPF intitulé « Promotion de la valeur du Parc National du Djurdjura, zone clé pour la biodiversité, à travers l’implication des organisations de la société civile dans sa conservation et sa gestion ». Cet atelier a été co-organisé par la Direction Générale des Forêts (DGF), la Direction Générale de la Faune et de la Flore (DGFF) et le Parc National de Djurdjura en Algérie, et a vu la participation de 46 délégués représentants des institutions publiques, des organisations de la société civile ainsi que des universités et instituts de recherche. …   | English

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Round-table on ICZM Regional governance platform for the Mediterranean and the Black sea.

Innovadores resultados de PEGASO para ICZM

La conferencia final PEGASO que tuvo lugar en Antalya (Turquía), del 14 al 17 de enero, reunió a una amplia gama de redes e instituciones del Mediterráneo y del mar Negro, así como representantes de iniciativas sobre Gestión Integrada de Zonas Costeras (GIZC) en otros mares regionales. PEGASO es un proyecto de colaboración entre veinticinco socios que han trabajado conjuntamente durante cuatro años bajo la coordinación de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona con la finalidad de desarrollar nuevos enfoques que apoyen las políticas integradas en el ámbito costero, marino y marítimo en las cuencas del Mediterráneo y del mar Negro. …   | English | French

24 Jan 2014 | News story

Giant Guitarfish

A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). …   | Dutch

21 Jan 2014 | News story

Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story

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Un deseo mediterráneo para el 2014

Con más de 12 proyectos desarrollados en 2013 que contribuyen a una mejor conservación y uso sostenible de los recursos naturales, el equipo mediterráneo de la UICN desea a todos sus Miembros, 
donantes, socios y amigos todo lo mejor para el año que comienza. …   | English | French

23 Dec 2013 | News story

Monk seal pup

Greece's natural wonders

In terms of biodiversity, Greece is one of the richest countries of the European Union. Its diverse features combine with a variable climate generating a great range of habitat niches and a spectacular flora and fauna. In January 2014, Greece will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. …  

16 Dec 2013 | News story

Alboran Island

Identifying sites in the Alboran Sea to be managed for conservation and sustainable use

This week, representatives from the neighboring countries of the Alboran Sea are meeting at the premises of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) in Malaga to re-launch multilateral working groups to identify and establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the open seas, including the deep seas. …  

11 Dec 2013 | News story

Antonio Troya, Director of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Elizabeth MARUMA MREMA, Deputy Director- Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) UNEP, at the moment of the signature.

Trabajando juntos para el Mediterráneo: UICN firma un Acuerdo de Colaboración con el Convenio de Barcelona

En el marco de la 18ª Conferencia de las Partes del Convenio para la Protección del Medio Marino y la Región Costera del Mediterráneo, la Secretaría del Convenio de Barcelona/Plan de Acción del Mediterráneo y la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) han firmado hoy un programa de cooperación para una gestión más eficiente de los aspectos relacionados con la conservación de los ecosistemas marinos y costeros y el uso sostenible de los recursos marinos vivos en la región mediterránea.  | English | French

03 Dec 2013 | News story

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