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Last siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus) in India

Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation

The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation is now open for applications until April 2011. The award of €10,000 (c. US$ 12,850) will be made at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CMS (COP10) in Norway in November 2011. The Secretariat of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) advertises this award to promote scientific research and conservation of migratory species, as defined by the Convention. …  

30 Nov 2010 | News story

Anne Franklin

Biodiversity and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Discover the "I give life to my planet" campaign, a booklet with 336 tips for biodiversity, and a host of resources from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, where CEC member Anne Franklin is CBD focal point. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

European Green Belt

Binding Award: Under the Sign of the Green Belt Europe

In the frame of the International Year of Biodiversity the Binding Grand Prize 2010 was awarded, in Vaduz on 19th November. Alois Lang, former coordinator of Green Belt Europe at IUCN, was one of the recipients. The prize is one of the outstanding conservation awards in Europe. This year’s Prize honored five individuals who had one thing in common – for many years they have been strongly and extraordinarily engaged in protecting the Green Belt. “The award is an incentive to continue efforts to preserve this important part of our European cultural and natural heritage” said Gabriel Schwaderer, managing director of the international nature conservation foundation, EuroNatur. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

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A green future and benefits for all: conference in belgium

The Directorate General for Environment of the Federal Public Service for the Environment, in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will organize the conference "Closing the International Year of Biodiversity 2010: How to better communicate the value of biodiversity? – A green future and benefits for all – Biodiversity and social responsibility" on 14 December 2010 at Bois du Cazier, Belgium. …  

29 Nov 2010 | News story

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Le nombre de Membres et de comités de l’UICN s’accroît

 L’UICN accueille 35 nouveaux Membres et reconnaît officiellement 3 Comités régionaux et 2 Comités nationaux de l’UICN. …   | English | Spanish

25 Nov 2010 | News story

Olympus-Beydaglari National Park, Turkey

FINAL BLOW TO THE NATURE OF TURKEY: NATURE CONSERVATION DRAFT LAW

Nature of Turkey is under threat from a new draft law: “Draft Law on Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity” has been approved by the Council of Minister’s and became an agenda item for the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA – TBMM). If the draft law is accepted as it is, this will open the door for irreversible destructions for the country’s nature. …  

23 Nov 2010 | News story
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The winner of the best biodiversity action competirion is the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation.  From the left: Executive Manager Anneli Jussila, Artist Maiju Tirri, Minister of the Environment Paula Lehtomäki and Vice-Chair of the Foundation Otso Ovaskainen.

Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation Wins Competition for Best Biodiversity Action

The national Countdown2010 Competition rewards those organizations with the best biodiversity action and that seek to find solutions that improve natural diversity and human health. The competition was organized by the IUCN National Committee of Finland. The winner of the Countdown 2010 Competition for the Best Biodiversity Action in Finland in 2009 and 2010 is the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation. The Foundation, established in 1995, acquires old-growth forests and guarantees that they are protected permanently in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act, and now total some 400 hectares. …  

23 Nov 2010 | News story

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Taking on the water and biofuels challenge

IUCN experts are joining forces with the oil and gas industry to tackle the risks associated with biofuel production, particularly the added stress it can put on dwindling global water supplies. …  

22 Nov 2010 | News story

Oostvaardersland

Connecting nature, strengthening the economy

During the lively discussions in Nagoya, Japan on the future of biodiversity policy, IUCN EURO met with Mr Verbeek, Queen's Commissioner for the province of Flevoland, Netherlands and Ms Bliek-de Jong, Deputy Commissioner to learn more about the Oostvaardersland a great example of ecological connectivity in Europe. Listen to the interview by clicking on the audio bar below. …  

19 Nov 2010 | News story

Fishing in the river Congo

Sea the Future

On 1st December 2010 the seminar “Sea the Future – The importance of marine biodiversity for local livelihoods in West-Africa” will take place at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I, former LNV) the Hague, the Netherlands. The seminar is organized by the Working Group Ecology and Development and is supported by the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, World Wildlife Fund the Netherlands and the Ministry of EL&I. …  

18 Nov 2010 | News story

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