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Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Publication Cover: Freshwater key biodiversity areas in the Mediterranean basin hotspot

Key Biodiversity Areas in the Mediterranean Basin Hotspot

While the Mediterranean basin biodiversity hotspot is well known for its globally important biodiversity, its freshwater biodiversity has not been as widely recognized for its importance. Through this project, freshwater key biodiversity areas (KBAs) have now been identified, mapped and validated throughout much of the Mediterranean hotspot. It is now important to raise awareness of their status as validated freshwater KBAs and to develop plans for appropriate conservation actions at these sites, as this biodiversity is highly threatened largely due to the conflicting demands upon a diminishing supply of fresh water which is further exacerbated by the increased severity of drought across the region.    …  

12 Jan 2015 | Downloads - publication

Shouf Biosphere Reserve (Lebanon) – Biodiversity in Autumn

A Mediterranean wish for 2015

From everyone in the IUCN Mediterranean Office, we wish to express our thanks to everyone, Members, donors, supporters, partners, and friends, who has been involved in what has been a truly fruitful year.  | French | Spanish

01 Jan 2015 | News story

Use of aplha grass for the production of baskets, footwear and beehives in North Africa. © Jabier Ruiz.

248 projects presented by the North African Civil Society Organisations to the PPI-OSCAN call

The ‘Small-Scale Initiatives Programme for Civil Society Organizations in North Africa' launched in June 2014 has rounded off the first stage with a promising start. At the closing date of the call for projects, December 25th, IUCN-Med has received 248 projects from 233 Civil Society Organisations (CSO). By countries, the number of CSOs participating in this call is: 98 from Tunisia, 75 from Morocco, 52 from Algeria, and 8 from Libya.  | French | Spanish

30 Dec 2014 | News story

Couverture: Approche et Actions pour la Résilience au Changement Climatique

Approche et Actions pour la Résilience au Changement Climatique (FR- AR)

Produit dans le cadre du Projet « Résilience Agricole, Ecologique et Sociale face au Changement Climatique (SEARCH) » au Maroc, ce document est destiné au partage des approches, méthodologies et expériences « pilotes » réalisées, au Rif occidental ou ailleurs, face au changement climatique. L’objectif est de promouvoir l’approche du projet à la résilience face au changement en intégrant en plus des technologies adaptatives, la diversification, l’auto-organisation et l’apprentissage. 

30 Dec 2014 | Downloads - publication

Cover page: The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

This IUCN report and accompanying dataset on the status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the associated report and data on the Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas in the wider Mediterranean Basin represent major advances in provision of information to help incorporate biodiversity needs into water development planning processes within an Integrated River Basin Management framework. 

30 Dec 2014 | Downloads - publication

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Alboran Geoportal

Alboran Sea geoportal now on line!!

After two years of work, the geoportal on natural resources and biodiversity in the Alboran Sea is now available online in three languages. The development of this geoportal was one of the activities carried out within the POCTEFEX-ALBORÁN project, which aimed to facilitate experience sharing among stakeholders so as to identify and harmonize the priorities for improving the governance of natural resources in the Alboran Sea.  | French | Spanish

01 Dec 2014 | News story

Network of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

New agreement signed to boost marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) signed a new memorandum of understanding today, with the aim of enhancing coordination in scientific research related to ecosystems services, sustainable development and reduction of poverty in the region.  …   | French | Spanish

18 Nov 2014 | News story

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story