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Rivers fill with melt water during the spring season in Krkonose National Park, Czech Republic

A vision for protected areas in Europe

By Andrej Sovinc, WCPA Regional Vice Chair for Europe                    With more than 120,000 protected area sites, Europe accounts for more protected areas than any other region. Many of these areas reflect Europe's rich cultural heritage and long lasting co-existence of man and nature which shaped different cultural landscapes. Also, vast natural areas, often in good ecological condition, are still found in some parts of the continent, mainly in the North, East and South-East.  …  

18 May 2016 | Article

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URBIS Dialogue - Overcoming the Nature versus Urban Divide

Protected Areas in and around cities offer many benefits to citizens by providing vital ecosystem services such as supplying and storing clean water, reducing air pollution and moderating the urban heat island effect, fostering biodiversity and supporting the local economy. Yet even though there are clear linkages between natural areas and human well-being, nature continues to be treated as a separate entity rather than the foundation of our entire socio-economic system.  Greater collaboration between policy-makers, local communities, urban planners and other stakeholders is needed in order to ensure the continued protection of natural areas, particularly in the face of growing threats such as urban sprawl and pollution, for the benefit of citizens around the world. …  

18 May 2016 | News story

Coral bleaching in Chumphon Province, Thailand

Thailand unveils coral bleaching response plan amidst looming climate change threats

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) in cooperation with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and IUCN has unveiled a framework response for the proactive monitoring and management of coral bleaching to minimize the impacts of climate change in critical marine areas. A taskforce consisting of DMCR, other relevant government agencies, universities and IUCN has been formed to provide concrete recommendations for swift management actions. This is in response to the third global coral bleaching event that had devastating effects in the northern part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. …  

18 May 2016 | Article

Adoption of the Message from Guadeloupe

Message from Guadeloupe – have your say!

Following the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change that took place in October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island, you are invited to contribute to an open and participatory monitoring on the progress made on the Message from Guadeloupe - a 5-year roadmap defining commitments and strategic actions to counter biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (ORs and OCTs).  …   | French

17 May 2016 | Article

Scadar Lake in Montenegro

Register and participate in the 1st Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week!

The 1st Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week will take place in Ulcnj (Montenegro) from October 24-29, 2016.  …   | French

16 May 2016 | News story

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A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon

Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve from poachers – writes Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS - Save Our Species initiative which implements two projects in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   …  

14 May 2016 | News story

Primer Congreso Mundial de Derecho Ambiental

Primer Congreso Mundial de Derecho Ambiental

El primer Congreso Mundial de Derecho Ambiental tuvo lugar en la Corte Suprema del estado de Río de Janeiro, Brasil, entre el 27 y 29 de abril de 2016. Evento en el que participaron una amplia variedad de actores como jueces, legisladores, académicos, agencias gubernamentales, organismos intergubernamentales, instituciones multilaterales de financiamiento, organizaciones públicas y el sector privado; involucrados en el desarrollo, implementación y ejecución de la ley ambiental tales. …  

13 May 2016 | News story

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IUCN support to the new Marine Unit of the Wildlife Department

In late 2015, on a request by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Conservation, IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office developed the Marine Strategy of the Department of Wildlife Conservation. As proposed in the strategy the “Marine Management Unit” was established in December 2015 under the Natural Resources Management Division of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). …  

13 May 2016 | News story

SOS save Our species, Karau Kuna, Whitley Award,

Tree Kangaroo conservationist wins prestigious Whitley Award

In April 2016, Karau Kuna was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Acknowledged for his passionate work strengthening biodiversity protection in the YUS Conservation Area of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Programme (TKCP), Karau accepted the award dedicating it to his team and the communities with whom they work.    …  

12 May 2016 | News story

El mapa ha permitido que grupos indígenas y gobiernos de la región se unan a la UICN para mapear ecosistemas impresionantes bajo el resguardo de los Pueblos Indígenas.

Map shows Indigenous peoples as guardians of Central American ecosystems

Funded by the Danish government and National Geographic Society, Indigenous groups and governments join IUCN to map stunning ecosystems under care of Indigenous Peoples …  

12 May 2016 | News story

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