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Nature’s contribution to urban resilience

Cities are in the front line of climate change. Last week, the city of Bonn welcomed the participants of the Resilient Cities Conference 2014, for the 5th Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation organized by ICLEI. This annual get-together of scientists, governments, cities, business and NGOs, is the place for a lively exchange on the latest scientific findings and action areas relevant to addressing climate change at the local level. …  

02 Jun 2014 | News story

Forest Communication Network

Forest Communicators of the Mediterranean have their own network

Rabat, 13-15 May 2014 - Rabat hosted the first Mediterranean Forest Communicators workshop on 13-15 May 2014 where more than 25 experts, administration’s representants and journalists from 10 different countries gathered in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. …   | French

29 May 2014 | News story

Virunga documentary director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara at Docville International Documentary Film Festival in Leuven (Belgium)

Virunga documentary wins award at European premiere

“Virunga” is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten. The documentary film grips the local and international public with the development perspective of sustainable solutions for the war-torn eastern part of DR Congo. …  

28 May 2014 | News story

Azerbaijan

IUCN welcomes the Republic of Azerbaijan as new State Member

The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan has officially announced its decision to join IUCN and has designated the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

26 May 2014 | News story

Janez Potočnik, EU Environment Commissioner;  Pavan Sukhdev, TEEB study leader; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General IUCN, at EU MAES conference, 22 May 2014, Brussels

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services crucial for meeting biodiversity goals

The EU’s Biodiversity Strategy has tasked Member States to carry out an exercise to map and assess the state of ecosystems and the services they provide in their national territories by 2014. This exercise is of essential importance to provide comprehensive information on the status of ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe, as it will help devise adequate environmental legislation, and integrate biodiversity objectives into sectors such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries. …  

26 May 2014 | News story

World Fish Migration Day 2014

Cry for help for migratory fish from New Zealand to Hawaii

Today is the first ever World Fish Migration Day and community events are taking place across the globe to celebrate the importance of freshwater migratory fish and free flowing rivers. WWF (NL), The Nature Conservancy (USA), the IUCN SSC/Wetlands International Freshwater Fish Specialist Group and Wanningen Water Consult with LINKit consult have all come together to promote the theme of CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS AND PEOPLE. …  

24 May 2014 | News story

Ivory being sold on a market stall in Angola

New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crime

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the European Commission has launched a major new initiative to halt biodiversity loss and eradicate poverty in developing countries, a move welcomed by IUCN.
 

22 May 2014 | News story

The Sardinian Long-eared Bat (Plecotus sardus) was first identified on the island of Sardinia, Italy in 2002, and is listed as Vulnerable on The IUCN Red List.

International Day for Biodiversity: Celebrate the unique and wonderful nature of the world’s islands

IUCN joins its member organizations and partners around the world in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity, advocating the role of islands in addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge. …  

22 May 2014 | News story

The 2014 Natura 2000 Conservation Award went to a project to save the imperial eagle in Sakar, Bulgaria.

First Natura 2000 Award winners announced: celebrating Europe's natural areas

The Natura 2000 Award is a new initiative that seeks to raise awareness for the Natura 2000 network and the importance of biodiversity conservation in Europe. The award is open to anyone involved in Natura 2000, from businesses and NGOs to educational institutions and volunteers. It recognizes good practices in five different categories: communication, socio-economic added value, conservation, reconciling interests/perceptions, and networking and cross-border cooperation. …  

22 May 2014 | News story

Erfurt, Germany

Renaturing Cities - Using nature based solutions to address urban challenges

With 75% of European citizens living in urban areas, cities are facing great challenges in managing continuous transformation, ensuring the welfare of their inhabitants and safeguarding the natural environment. Several cities in Europe have taken steps to develop innovative approaches for addressing environmental challenges and the impacts of the economic crisis through the use of nature-based solutions. …  

20 May 2014 | News story

European Regional Office