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World Wildlife Day message from IUCN Director General

IUCN is delighted to join in the global celebrations of the inaugural World Wildlife Day on 3 March, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, says the Union's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …  

02 Mar 2014 | News story

Marine trash and plastic debris, Midway Atoll

IUCN explores marine debris and its effect on migratory species

IUCN has partnered up with Eunomia and the Marine Conservation Society for a study that will explore the relationship between marine debris and migratory species. It is hoped the investigation will shed some further light on the marine waste problem and the solutions that are needed to tackle this menace to the marine environment. 

28 Feb 2014 | News story

Example of a meeting with a participatory approach.

Stakeholder Participation Toolkit for Identification, Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas

The Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) signed in 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med) for the “Assessment and support to Adriatic countries’ priority needs for legal, policy and institutional reforms to strengthen the creation processes and the management of marine protected areas (MPA)”. One of the first outcomes of this collaboration has been the “Stakeholder Participation Toolkit for Identification, Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas”. …  

25 Feb 2014 | News story

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Conservation news from South Eastern Europe

The winter issue of the IUCN SEE e-Bulletin brings an overview of conservation activities in the region and sheds light on the 'Big Win for Dinaric Arc', a new agenda for protected areas and nature conservation in South-Eastern Europe. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), invasive to Europe

A framework for the identification of Invasive Alien Species of EU concern

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, particularly through their interactions with other drivers of change. There are around 12,000 IAS within EU territory, of which 1,500 have negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, and they are thought to cost EU over 12 billion € a year. There are a number of international agreements that recognise the negative effects of IAS and reflect the growing concerns of many people.   …  

20 Feb 2014 | News story

Um Zibil forest reserve, Sudan

Nature-based solutions for a sustainable future

On 13-14 February, the European Economic and Social Committee organized a conference on “A new global partnership – European civil society positions on the post -2015 framework" in Brussels, Belgium. A wide range of civil society representatives, EU Officials and UN delegates debated to address key themes and areas for possible goals, as well as the underlying principles of universality and integration for a new development model. …  

18 Feb 2014 | News story

The marine habitat of Tammisaari Archipelago National Park on Finland’s southern coast has been surveyd in the national underwater biodiversity programme Velmu

Finland, land of a thousand lakes

Situated in the boreal coniferous forest zone, Finland is surrounded by the Baltic Sea, Sweden, Norway and Russia. The northernmost part of the country lies above the Arctic Circle, whereas the southern area of the landscape is dominated by an archipelago of 179,000 islands. Between those extremes, Finland is characterised by vast forests and 188,000 lakes, for which the country is dubbed the land of a thousand lakes.  …  

13 Feb 2014 | News story

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National Parks of Montenegro, new IUCN member

The Public Enterprise for National Parks of Montenegro became a member of IUCN, following the decision of IUCN Council in November 2013. IUCN extends a very warm welcome to its new member and looks forward to strengthened cooperation in Montenegro. …  

13 Feb 2014 | News story
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Plane in Eger, Hungary

European Tree of the Year 2014: vote open!

The vote for the European Tree of the Year 2014 is now open on the official website (here). Trees from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, and Wales are running for the award. Which tree in Europe will be the winner this year?   …  

13 Feb 2014 | News story

Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

United for Wildlife commits to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge today joined the United for Wildlife organisations, including IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade. …  

12 Feb 2014 | News story

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