Mediterranean Region

La réserve "Campanarios de Azaba"

Spain´s first entomological reserve

The biological reserve Campanarios de Azaba, a property of the Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, was designated as Spain´s first entomological reserve by the Spanish Entomology Association. Through this nomination, the association acknowledges the efforts carried out to conserve arthropods and their habitats in the reserve. …   | French

11 Sep 2013 | News story

•	The American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is introduced to the British Isles and Italy where it is having a significant impact on both the agriculture sector and the forestry industry, as well as causing ecological damage to forest ecosystems.

European Commission move to tackle invasive species a good start but more needed

The new legislative proposal released yesterday by the European Commission aims to ensure coordinated action at the EU level to curb the impacts of invasive alien species. IUCN, uniting some of the leading experts on this subject in Europe, welcomes the new proposal but highlights some concerns.  …   | Dutch

10 Sep 2013 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

IUCN prepares to recruit its next Director General

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, the longest serving Director General of IUCN, has expressed her intention to step down next year, after nearly eight years at the helm of the organization. The process of recruiting her successor has now officially been launched and the IUCN Council’s Search Committee will develop a Terms of Reference for this position shortly. …  

05 Sep 2013 | News story

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Nature is...better in the dark!

A new social media campaign, launched as a result of the Powered by Nature Awards, encourages people to turn off their lights and turn on their senses. With cheeky humour and simple graphics, the campaign “Better in the Dark” invites community contributions to the question: What things are better in the dark?   …  

03 Sep 2013 | News story
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Consulting on the Blue Society

The Sea for Society project is in the process of examining how it is that a more integrated and sustainable approach to marine and maritime systems can be achieved in Europe. Between May and October of this year citizens from all of Europe will be meeting to discuss such issues and help towards the goal of defining a new vision for the marine environment: the Blue Society.  …  

29 Aug 2013 | News story
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Publication "Invasive alien species: the urban dimension"

Invasive alien species: the urban dimension

Invasive alien species (IAS) pose a significant threat to biodiversity in Europe, and this threat is likely to increase in the future unless meaningful action is taken at all levels to control the introduction and establishment of these species and address those already introduced. IUCN has released a publication which compiles case studies from more than 15 European countries and beyond to showcase examples of concrete action at the urban level.  …  

28 Aug 2013 | News story

Participants de l'atelier

Third national workshop on Marine Protected Areas in Morocco

IUCN-Med participated in the third national workshop on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Morocco, which took place in Rabat, on August 23, 2013. This workshop was part of the Small-scale Fisheries project. It marked the end of the activities concerning MPAs, which had led to the creation of 3 MPAs on Moroccan coasts. This last meeting was the opportunity to review the accomplishments and eventual follow-ups to the project. …   | French

28 Aug 2013 | News story

Sugar cane farm

Feeding a growing population - new initiative joins conservation and agriculture

A year ago, when global leaders met in Rio de Janeiro to shape the future of sustainable development, ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture was central to their discussions. As the world faces ongoing food crises, extreme weather and population growth, IUCN and partners led by Bioversity International, have launched an initiative to develop solutions to food security. …  

15 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx, Qatar

Saving species by translocation – new IUCN Guidelines

A new publication by IUCN has set a precedent for deliberately moving plants and animals for conservation purposes around the world. Based on 30 years of experience and pioneering reintroductions such as the Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Oman, the Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil and the Red Wolf (Canis rufus) in the USA, and many other plants and animals subsequently, this publication is an essential guide to the contentious but increasingly necessary action of translocating species. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

As the world’s biodiversity faces the incessant threats of habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, there is an increasing need to consider more direct conservation interventions. Humans have moved organisms between sites for their own purposes for millennia, and this has yielded benefits for human kind, but in some cases has led to disastrous impacts. In response to this complex aspect of conservation management, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story


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