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Coral in the Mediterranean sea

IUCN Red List Assessor Training Workshop for Mediterranean anthozoan experts

A Red List Workshop Assessor Training Workshop will be held from 3 – 5 June at Aula del Mar, in Málaga, Spain. During three days, experts on Mediterranean anthozoans (corals and anemones) from different countries of the region will be trained on how to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria for regional level assessments in order to highlight species threatened with extinction. These assessments will be included in IUCN’s List of Threatened Species, helping promote their conservation. The event is part of the project “Mediterranean Biodiversity Assessment phase II” and counts with financial support of the MAVA Foundation.   …   | French | Spanish

30 May 2013 | News story


Webinar: Managing invasive alien species at the local level

Invasive alien species are a pervasive force in cities around the world, an endless headache for biodiversity managers on the ground and cost billions of Euros worth of damage each year. These problem species wreak havoc with ecosystems and are one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide, with their effects only expected to worsen with predicted climate change.  …  

28 May 2013 | News story
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Gyps fulvus, Critically Endangered

What species are most threatened in Italy?

The Italian Committee of IUCN has released a new assessment of Italy’s animal and plant species. On International Biodiversity Day, 22 May, the Committee has organized an event to launch the results of the two national Red List produced.   …  

22 May 2013 | News story
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Nature plays a critical role in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet.

Biodiversity and water: two of a kind

Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. Its theme, Water and Biodiversity, coincides with the designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation and highlights the indispensible role of nature in our water security and the sustainable development of our planet. …  

22 May 2013 | News story

Posidonia oceanica

3º edición del Festival Life + ‘Mares de Posidonia’ 7 y 8 de junio

El municipio de El Ejido acoge la tercera edición del Festival Life+ ‘Mares de Posidonia’ los días 7 y 8 de junio que de manera divertida y lúdica quiere dar a conocer a los asistentes el papel crucial que desempeñan las praderas marinas para la buena salud del litoral, como hábitat y criadero de numerosas especies comerciales, para purificar el agua o como sumidero de carbono. …  

20 May 2013 | News story


Towards the “Blue Society”

Since the start of the industrial revolution, human activities have significantly altered the very balance of our planet and the lives we all live. These activities have heavily affected marine ecosystems and the way we use our seas and oceans. IUCN has joined forced with a group of organizations in the Sea For Society project.  …  

17 May 2013 | News story
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Pleniére - salle de l’Hôtel Chafarinas AL Hoceima,

Planification participative pour la gestion efficace des aires marines protégée au Maroc

Le 4 mai, le séminaire régional « Recherche et planification participative pour la gestion intégrée des aires marines dédiées aux activités de pêche artisanale au sein de la méditerranée marocaine » a eu lieu à Al Hoceima (Maroc) où environ 90 pêcheurs venus de toute la méditerranée, de Saidia jusqu’à M’Diq, ont assisté à une Journée de recherche participative afin de trouver des solutions communes pour la sauvegarde et la restauration des écosystèmes côtiers et marins. …  

17 May 2013 | News story

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Action is needed to preserve the world’s most inspiring natural sites

IUCN recommends taking action to tackle major threats to natural sites ahead of the 37th World Heritage Committee this June, including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. …  

15 May 2013 | News story

Signature d'accord de coopération entre le Haut Commissaire aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification,  
Dr.Abdeladim LHAFI	et le directeur de l'UICN-Med, Antonio Troya.

Framework agreement between the IUCN and the Kingdom of Morocco for the conservation of nature

A Cooperation Framework Agreement was signed by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and the Moroccan High Commission for Water, Forestry and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) on May 7th, in Rabat. Through this agreement, the two parties aim to strengthen their relations regarding the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and the protection of nature. …   | French | Spanish

10 May 2013 | News story

Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it.

Invasive alien plants and pests: the communication challenge

Research to better understand the impacts of biological invasions has been carried out across Europe. Governments and institutions have undertaken prevention and control actions, and the European Commission is expected to present a dedicated legislative instrument in the near future. However, despite these initiatives, the general public is rarely aware of what pests and invasive alien plants are, and what damage they can cause. Raising awareness among the society is an indispensable step for fully addressing the issue.   …  

10 May 2013 | News story
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