Buna River, Albania

A step forward in protection of nature in Albania

High number of Hydropower Plants (HPPs) in Albania adversely affects natural ecosystems, including protected areas, especially national parks. But the construction of the new HPPs in the protected areas will be stopped when the new law comes into force. Currently the law is in the initial planning process phase.   …  

03 Aug 2015 | News story

IUCN Director General at EU Informal Environment Council, 22 July 2015, Luxembourg

IUCN Director General addresses EU Environment Ministers

IUCN and the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, jointly hosted a lunch with all Heads of Delegation at the Informal Meeting of EU Environment Ministers on 22 July 2015 in Luxembourg. …  

27 Jul 2015 | News story


IUCN’s bumblebee campaign – what’s all the buzz about?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently around IUCN. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has launched a new campaign – this time to benefit bumblebees. In Europe, there are 68 species of bumblebee, of which a whopping 24% are threatened with extinction. This is alarming as bumblebees are critical in protecting our food security through the pollination of crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and other fruits and vegetables. …  

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Presentation at 2015 Communications Summit in Brussels #ECS2015

Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world

By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or better, to have an impact and instigate change? …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

Zamir Dedej, Director of the National Agency for Protected Areas in Albania and Zoran Mrdak, Director of National Parks of Montenegro.

Increased cooperation of protected areas between Albania and Montenegro

With the aim of improving the mutual collaboration in protected areas between Albania and Montenegro, the Directors of protected areas agencies in both countries met to discuss about the basic values and ways of managing protected areas and improving their teamwork on issues of conservation and development of these regions.   …  

11 Jul 2015 | News story

Elephant Ivory

The European Union becomes a party to CITES

The European Union joined the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on 8 July 2015. The Convention – which was launched in 1975 as an international agreement – ensures that the trade of more than 35,000 species of animals and plants is conducted in a legal and sustainable manner. 

09 Jul 2015 | News story

Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia

Sinyaya area added to Russia’s Lena Pillars World Heritage site

The World Heritage listed Lena Pillars Nature Park in the Russian Federation has been increased by 9% after the World Heritage Committee followed IUCN’s recommendation to approve a change in the site’s boundaries. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story

Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro

Cooperation Agreement in safeguarding the natural values of Skadar Lake

Protected Areas Administrations of Shkodra Region (PAA-Shkoder) and the Fishery Management Organization (OMP –Shkodra) signed Cooperation Agreement to jointly contribute in protection and conservation of the natural values of Skadar Lake. The Agreement is encouraged by the project “Supporting the long-term sustainable management of transboundary Lake Skadar”.   …  

24 Jun 2015 | News story

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: From Deforestation to Forest Restoration

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: From Deforestation to Forest Restoration

Deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is also strongly linked to development issues, as healthy forests are vital in the fight against poverty. Forest and landscape restoration initiatives offer significant benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and are also an efficient means of generating income for local communities, improving rural livelihoods and preserving cultural traditions. They provide solutions to balancing conflicting land use interests in forest areas and can reconcile environmental concerns with economic development. …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Nature+ climate: Nature-based solutions to climate change

Minimising the impact of economic activities on nature and protected areas

The private sector has a fundamental role to play in mitigating the effects of our economic activities on the environment. While the corporate impact on the depletion of Europe’s natural capital remains substantial, there are a number of positive examples from both SMEs and large multinationals from a variety of sectors that deploy innovative technologies and create best practices to lessen their footprint on the environment, and help reach the EU’s Biodiversity Targets. Some such approaches by progressive businesses include Natural Capital Accounting, Green Infrastructure, and restoration of degraded landscapes. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

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