Mediterranean Region

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story

WPC Logo with tagline

The Mediterranean at the World Parks Congress

Conserving the planet’s most valuable natural places and promoting nature’s solutions to global challenges is the focus of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place from 12 to 19 November in Sydney, Australia. Most Mediterranean countries will be present with more than 100 participants from governmental and non-governmental organisations, international and scientific institutions, universities as well as park managers.  | French | Spanish

11 Nov 2014 | News story

Surpâturage dans la forêt de Chêne liège entourant Majen Choucha- Février 2010-

Open call for North Africa civil society organizations: Deadline extended 25 December 2014

The call for projects of the IUCN-Med “Small-Scale Initiatives Programme for Civil Society Organizations in North Africa” (PPI-OSCAN) has been launched today, 29th September 2014. Addressed to Civil Society Organizations of Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, this initiative aims to support young civil society organisations in developing and implementing two-years innovative projects in the field of biodiversity conservation, natural resources management and climate change adaptation. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2014 | News story

Parc national Djurdjura (Algeria)

Atelier de lancement du programme «Petites Initiatives pour la Société civile en Afrique du Nord» à Alger

Le mardi 4 novembre 2014, s’est tenu à Alger l’atelier de lancement du Programme de Petites Initiatives pour les organisations de la société civile d’Afrique du Nord (PPI-OSCAN). Cet atelier co-organisé par le Centre de Coopération pour la Méditerranée de l’UICN (UICN-Med) et le Ministère de l’Aménagement du Territoire et de l’Environnement (MATE) algérien, a réuni soixante dix participants représentants des associations nationales et locales ainsi que des Ministères et des agences de coopérations régionales. 

05 Nov 2014 | News story

Pancratium maritimum, Important plant for Long Beach, Ulicnj (Montenegro)

Conserving wild plants and habitats for people across the Mediterranean

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Plantlife International are beginning a new project to further the conservation of wild plants and their habitats in the South and East Mediterranean. The project “Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East Mediterranean (IPA-Med)” has been launched today at the kick off workshop held in Montenegro.   | Spanish

30 Oct 2014 | News story

Risso's dolphin

Discussing Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries

The Third Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries took place in Jounieh (Lebanon), from 21 to 23 October 2014, and gathered about 50 participants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and international and regional organisations. This event was organised with the support and the collaboration of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA -MAP-UNEP), the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and the National Centre for Marine Sciences (CNRS) of Lebanon.  | French

28 Oct 2014 | News story

Red Coral in Portofino Marine Protected Area (Italy)

More research efforts are needed to understand the conservation status of Mediterranean corals

Over the last two years, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was coordinating the expert group to assess the status of the Mediterranean anthozoans. After intensive data gathering, monitoring and analysis the experts estimated that around 45% of species were listed as Data Deficient, that is, there is no adequate information to make an assessment of its risk of extinction. The preliminary results of the evaluation indicate that approximately 11% of the species assessed are threatened of extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM.  | French

24 Oct 2014 | News story

Peninsula of Sinis (Sardegna, Italy)

Sinis Marine Protected Area, a true Ecotourism experience

The managers of the Protected Marine Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre (Italy) have participated in the test phase for the preparation of a catalogue of ecotourism packages in Mediterranean protected areas as part of the EU-funded MEET project.  | French

16 Oct 2014 | News story

Parc National d'Ichkeul (Tunesie)

Enquête pour l’inventaire bibliographique relatif aux sites de l’Ichkeul et de la Sebkha de Sidi Mansour (Tunisie)

Le projet “Promotion de la valeur des zones clés pour la biodiversité à travers l’implication des organisations de la société civile (OSC) dans leur conservation et gestion en Afrique du Nord” est un projet sous régional, coordonnée par le Centre de Coopération pour la Méditerranée de l’UICN (UICN-Med), visant l’amélioration du mode de gestion et de gouvernance des espaces protégés et des zones clés pour la biodiversité dans le hotspot de la Méditerranée.  

28 Sep 2014 | News story

Bahia Palma Vella

The IUCN Spanish Committee supports the Green List of Protected Areas

The Green List of Protected Areas is a new standard implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which aims to assess the Natural governance and management quality (efficiency and equity) of Protected Areas. This List will be officially presented next November (2014) during the World Park Congress organized in Sydney (Australia). …   | French

23 Sep 2014 | News story

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