News for Members

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Placing a value on the marine environment: Opportunity and challenges

Quantifying the value of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Pacific Islands region provides an opportunity to improve the management of these ecosystems, but environmental valuation faces some unique regional challenges in the Pacific.  …  

04 Apr 2014 | News story

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New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation took place during the workshop on Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas held in Cadaqués (Spain), organised by the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalunya, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the MAVA Foundation. …   | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Women’s cooperative in Hyderabad, India

Documentation and Analysis of NBSAP Revision Processes

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the main vehicles of national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. They are processes through which societies come together to make the difficult decisions of where, when, and how biodiversity and ecosystem services should be conserved, used sustainably, and the benefits of this use shared equitably. Most countries that are Parties to the Convention have already developed at least one NBSAP. …  

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Dunes at sunrise in Gran Desierto de Altar

World Parks Congress Holds Promise for an Inspired Planet

Trisha Kehaulani Watson In Xochitepec, Morelos, Mexico, conservation leaders from around the world have gathered to plan for the World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. Held once every ten years, the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) is a global gathering on protected areas. …  

03 Apr 2014 | Article

Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture

Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

02 Apr 2014 | International news release

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Tracking illegal logging to ensure protection of Armenia’s forests

By creating a community monitoring system, and through proactive advocacy and education, Armenia’s state forestry agency show just how far things have changed since working with IUCN and partners. …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

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Our members in the news - Forestation and Restoration

 Over the past three years, Al-Shouf Cedar Society has been engaged in forestation/restoration work in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, mainly through the Mediterranean Mosaics (MM) project, which seeks to address the threat that socio-economic and climate changes pose to extensive semi-natural, biodiversity-rich landscapes and protected areas around the Mediterranean Basin. …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

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Clear win for species in World Heritage sites

If I tell you World Heritage, what do you see? The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, Vatican City? World Heritage is often associated with cultural heritage. However, the prestigious World Heritage List contains 193 natural sites, and 29 mixed cultural and natural sites. Wait – did you just think of the Galapagos and Ha Long Bay? …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

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The Green Belt of Fennoscandia to become a model area for sustainable development

The Green Belt of Fennoscandia will be developed into a model area where sustainable development is supported through transboundary cooperation. The Green Belt extends from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Ocean, and includes valuable natural areas belonging to Finland, Russia and Norway. Its core is formed of national parks and protected areas on the territories of all three nations. …  

31 Mar 2014 | News story

World Water Day

Everyone Has the Right to Have Freshwater: We should celebrate World Water Day everyday

The International World Water Day is usually held annually on the 22th March, since 1993, to give attention to the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.  …  

31 Mar 2014 | Article