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Coralina

Success story of the day: Coralina

Story featured in the Made in Countdown Publication: Based on a participatory process and with an ecosystem approach, the Seaflower Marine Protected Area (MPA) was created in 2005 thanks to the leadership of IUCN Member Coralina – the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Old Providence and Santa Catalina , a department of Colombia in the Caribbean – and the support of the local and national governments. Seaflower is the largest MPA in the Great Caribbean and one of the largest on the planet. …  

04 Oct 2010 | News story

Coop

Success story of the day: Coop

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication:  Acknowledging that organic production assures better sustainable management of resources and can increase biodiversity, Coop – the first Swiss supermarket chain – felt the need to act. The company fosters organic agriculture at various levels: it has established a close partnership with Bio Suisse (Swiss organic farmers association, www.bio-suisse.ch) and launched the organic brand Naturaplan. …  

02 Oct 2010 | News story

Made in Countdown

Success story of the day: Cascais Natura

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication:   The environmental agency Cascais Natura, who joined Countdown in 2007, is very active in the preservation of Cascais’ …  

01 Oct 2010 | News story

C2010

Made in Countdown 2010

It’s 2010 – a year of stock-taking for world governments and for the Countdown 2010 initiative. The 2010 Biodiversity Target was not reached but the thousands of biodiversity actions taken by Countdown 2010 partners are an important step towards the improvement of the status of biodiversity and the increase of public awareness. Thousands of biodiversity actions all over the world have contributed to conserving biodiversity. These actions are a model for other communities, regions and countries. The initiative itself has served as a springboard for increased, and concrete, action beyond 2010. A renewed and enhanced phase of biodiversity conservation and awareness raising can now start. …  

01 Oct 2010 | News story

EEA

Protecting Europe's cultural landscapes and biodiversity heritage

European landscapes reflect not only the continent's diverse climate and geology but also centuries of interaction between man and nature. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) study reviews this interplay, highlighting the main threats to this rich heritage and initiatives to protect it.  …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

A decade for Biodiversity?

16 September, Brussels: Japan is proposing to the United Nations General Assembly to promote the next decade as the International Decade of Biodiversity, according to the representative from the Japanese Mission to the European Union.  Mr Tanaka joined a group of 20 or so policy experts from various backgrounds at a briefing session organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in their EU Representative Office in Brussels. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Logo of the Bern Convention

Ecological Networks to Safeguard Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing

Strasbourg (France) – Biodiversity plays an immense role in maintaining natural processes and delivering numerous essential ecosystem services to human society. Favourable conservation status of wild flora and fauna is therefore essential not only for securing healthy ecosystems but human wellbeing too. “We have to employ the best of our knowledge while setting up and applying conservation tools such as protected areas and ecological networks. In order effectively to do so, on the ground conservation efforts have to be backed with well defined and commonly agreed policies”, says Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Study tour participants_NP Bavarian forest

Protection areas across borders- learning by visiting

Representatives of Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo visited protected areas of Czech Republic and Germany eager to learn about best practices and successes in organization and management of protected areas across borders. …  

24 Sep 2010 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Visions for the Future in Ghent

Ghent, 9 September, IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre gave the closing keynote address at the Belgian EU Presidency event “Biodiversity in a changing world”. In her speech “Visions for the Future” Julia highlighted that the EU, as the world’s largest economic block, has the power to make a huge impact (both positive and negative) on the future of biodiversity in coming decade.
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16 Sep 2010 | News story

Countdown 2010

Saving biodiversity

Ghent (Belgium), 8 September 2010 – The IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative is almost over. But the actions of its nearly 1,100 partners worldwide are not! It’s 2010 – a year of stock-taking for world governments and for the Countdown 2010 initiative. The 2010 Biodiversity Target was not reached but the thousands of biodiversity actions taken by Countdown 2010 partners are an important step towards the improvement of the status of biodiversity and the increase of public awareness.
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07 Sep 2010 | News story

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