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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

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Preserving Natural Capital – Role and Action by the Food Retail Sector

The workshop “Preserving Natural Capital – Role and Action by the Food Retail Sector” will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 18th 2011, as part of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign supported by the LIFE+ programme. Speakers from the private sector, governments and NGOs will present and discuss European case studies of biodiversity management in the retail sector. A focus of the workshop will be on measures to reduce companies’ impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems. Participation is free of charge. …  

17 Mar 2011 | News story

Willem Ferwerda, General Director of IUCN NL

The new focus of IUCN NL

The year 2010 has been very challenging for the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL). With 70% of its funds at risk, IUCN NL was forced to make cuts to its budget and personnel. However after a tense period the appeal IUCN NL made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was approved. 2011 kicks off with a renewed and refocused strategy for IUCN NL with funds secured for the next 5 years. This puts the Committee in a strong position to make a difference for nature conservation abroad and in the Netherlands with its 35 members and its political and business network. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story

King Penguin

Join IUCN's email discussion forum of Europe overseas!

IUCN's Europe Overseas Forum has been launched. It is an email discussion group, hosted on Google Groups, for everyone interested in advancing biodiversity and climate change action in the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (EU). …  

09 Mar 2011 | News story

European tree frog (Hyla arborea)

Expertise for experts

A training workshop on the IUCN Red List was organized in Belgrade, by IUCN, the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Serbia, and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia within the Environment for People in the Dinaric Arc project. …  

03 Mar 2011 | News story

Pinta Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)

The 25 most endangered turtles and tortoises

Without concerted conservation action, many of the planet’s turtles and tortoises, iconic survivors from the Age of Dinosaurs, will become extinct within the next few decades. That’s according to a new report from the Turtle Conservation Coalition, a global alliance of conservation groups, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), which names the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. …  

02 Mar 2011 | News story

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. …   | French | Spanish

25 Feb 2011 | News story

Sea urchin in sea grass

Scientists start work under International Blue Carbon Working Group

Leading scientific experts in the field of coastal and marine biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics and ecology gathered in Paris (15-17 February 2011) to discuss the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation. This 3-day workshop was organized by IUCN together with Conservation International and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, with additional financial support from NASA and UNEP. …  

24 Feb 2011 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Keep the Lagoons of New Caledonia intact

An IUCN-led monitoring mission to the Lagoons of New Caledonia in the French Pacific Ocean archipelago, will look at how the site is managed, evaluate the impact of mining activities in the buffer zone and identify no-take zones. …   | French

24 Feb 2011 | News story

A stamp depicting the Yellow Fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense)

Endangered endemic flower of Pitcairn on stamp

In February 2011, Pitcairn Island issued a new stamp depicting an endangered endemic flower, the Yellow fautu (Abutilon pitcairnense). …  

21 Feb 2011 | News story


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