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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

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

European large carnivores: a surprising success story

The latest issue of the IUCN European Newsletter sheds light on Europe's large carnivores, presenting the threats they have to face and examples of success stories in their conservation.    …  

28 Jan 2014 | News story

Hornet

Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN network. …  

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Invitation to IUCN event on IAS

The need for a strong EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species

Representatives of the European Union, environmental NGO’s, scientists and other stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s proposal for an EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species at a high-level event organized by MEP Pavel Poc, IUCN Brussels, BirdLife Europe and the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, on 20 January.   …  

23 Jan 2014 | News story

Items seized by UK Border Force in 2012

European Parliament takes important step to combat Wildlife Crime

An important motion for a Resolution on Wildlife Crime was approved by the European Parliament on 15 January, with 647 positive votes, 14 against and no abstentions. The Resolution calls for measures against wildlife crime, placing it on the same level as human trafficking and drug trafficking. IUCN welcomes the Resolution and is ready to provide scientific support and engage with related European Institutions,but also calls for inclusion of the crucial role of local communities and sustainable use for effective conservation. …  

20 Jan 2014 | News story
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General and Roland Siller, Member of the KfW Management Committee, Director for Europe and Asia sign the agreement on tiger conservation

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat. The agreement was signed today at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. …   | German

14 Jan 2014 | News story

Przewalski's horse (Equus ferus przewalskii)

The Big5 of Europe

The Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino are the well known 'Big Five' animals of Africa. They represent the greatest wild animal species of the continent, being the biggest, most impressive and most fascinating. Now, it is time to determine Europe's Big Five and this is the aim of the Flemish TV show The Big5 of Europe.  …  

08 Jan 2014 | News story

Natura 2000 Award

European Natura 2000 Award

The European Commission is launching a new Award designed to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The European Natura 2000 Award aims at bringing the success of the network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting biodiversity across Europe.   …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story
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European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea)

Private-public partnerships for conservation

The closing conference of the LIFE+ 3WATER project took place in Brussels on 10 December 2013 with the participation of IUCN. The project is a successful example of close cooperation between private landowners, land users, nature organizations, communities, and national and European authorities.   …  

18 Dec 2013 | News story
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Project documentary

Advance Albania news

IUCN’s work on institutional support to protected areas in Albania is entering its third year, based on a strong partnership with the Italian Cooperation, the Ministry of Environment of Albania and INCA and PPNEA, IUCN members in the country. Read the latest Newsletter to learn about IUCN’s efforts in Albania and watch the project documentary trailer. …  

18 Dec 2013 | News story
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