2012

Bern Convention/Emerald Network

The Emerald Network to expand in European Russia

An EU/CoE Joint Programme of identification of potential Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCI) of the Emerald Network in the European part of the Russian Federation identified about 28,3 mln hectares of areas which could become part of the Emerald Network. …  

21 Mar 2012 | News story
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Mangroves in Kien Giang Province

First BCR Coastal Forum 2012: some impressions

I was part of the Vietnamese group that attended the first EU-funded Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Coastal Forum that was held in Chanthaburi, Thailand on February 29-March 2, 2012. Throughout the three days, I was impressed by the high level of participation, the high quality of most of the presentations, and the amount that the three BCR countries - Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam - can learn from each other. Several things struck me from the forum. …  

20 Mar 2012 | Article
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Asif Shuja Khan, Director General, Pak-EPA highlighted the importance of EIA

Awareness Raising Seminar for Media on EIA and SEA

Experts at a media seminar on Tuesday underlined the need for effective Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to mitigate environmental damages and losses to national kitty. …  

20 Mar 2012 | International news release

Poster

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s third movie broadcast on France2

The latest movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French photographer, reporter and environmentalist, will be broadcast on France2 Television on Tuesday, March 20, at 20.30h CET. “A Thirsty World” is dedicated to water. …  

20 Mar 2012 | News story
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Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on South Sandwich Islands

A duty to fulfil

"They are more exotic than the gulls, gannets and terns of Britain's home coastlines, but many of the fascinating and charismatic species of birds on the remote shores of UK overseas territories are now close to extinction. In a report to the government, the RSPB warns 33 species of birds, including penguins, parrots and albatrosses, are now critically endangered across the remnants of the empire. And that means we have a duty to fulfil," writes Robin McKie of the Guardian. …  

20 Mar 2012 | News story

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Spring flowers in bloom

Spring is in the air - flowers are beginning to bloom, snow is melting, plants are turning green, and Easter is around the corner. While many people are concerned with what floral arrangement to put on the dinner table, very few are aware that many European wild flowers are threatened with extinction, according to the European Red List of Vascular Plants, a project carried out by IUCN, financed by the European Commission. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

El Hierro, Canary Islands

EU overseas example to us all, says European Commission

The European Commission has published a video-presentation on EU action to support its Outermost Regions (ORs): Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin, Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

Zona restaurada de la Cantera de HOLCIM en Torredonjimeno (Jaén)

Nueva vida para la cantera de la fábrica de cemento en Jamilena (Jaén)

La restauración de la antigua cantera de la fábrica de cemento de Holcim en el municipio de Torredonjimeno (Jaén) ha permitido recuperar más de 400.000 m2 de uso recreativo para los vecinos de la comarca, con un área ambiental, una zona deportiva y un nuevo Museo de la Minería y la Biodiversidad. En la restauración de la cantera se ha contado con la colaboración de la Unión Internacional de Conservación de la Naturaleza (IUCN) que ha ayudado a definir el plan técnico de restauración. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

Laos

Water - but not as we know it, says IUCN

The World Water Forum in Marseille has firmly placed nature at the heart of its strategies for improving global water resources. This effectively changes the way the world looks at protecting this most valuable liquid asset, says IUCN. …  

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Water lily survey

Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | News story