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North Africa Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN North Africa Conservation Forum to debate environmental challenges and human welfare

More than 70 participants representing IUCN State Members, government agencies, NGO representatives, IUCN Commissions, and partner organisations, will gather in Cairo (Egypt) from 4 to 6 October 2015 for the IUCN’s North Africa Regional Conservation Forum. Together with the IUCN Secretariat, the Forum will focus on working together to deal with North Africa’s most pressing environmental issues, share experiences and best practices, identify actions and unite the forces needed for change to happen. …   | French

01 Oct 2015 | News story

GEF meeting in Amman

The Global Environment Facility workshop for the North Africa region in Aqaba (Jordan), 9-10 September 2015

The Global Environment Facility has organised a two-day (9-10 September) workshop in the Dead Sea (Jordan) where GEF national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society have kept abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures.  …  

10 Sep 2015 | News story


MEET Network Photo Contest (EXTENDED to October 12, 2015)

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The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) Network will soon launch the MEET Catalogue, a compilation of new and unique ecotourism experiences in protected areas across various Mediterranean countries. With the aim of providing support for the conservation of nature and revitalizing less developed communities, the MEET Catalogue offers an authentic ecotourism experience for the traveler: MEETing locals, experiencing communities and lifestyles, and giving back.

18 Aug 2015 | News story

Lagocephalus sceleratus

IUCN’s MedMIS initiative has allowed the identification of pufferfish individuals in the Adriatic

 Pufferfish are very aggressive and environmentally damaging invasive species and their consumption can lead to death due to their high toxicity. …   | French | Spanish

07 Aug 2015 | News story

Cap de Creuse

12 packages ready for the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism catalogue

Twelve ecotourism packages are ready to be part of the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) catalogue according to the evaluation of an experts meeting held in Malaga at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation premises on 8-9 July, to discuss ecotourism principles and minimum criteria for inclusion of packages in the final MEET Catalogue. Fifteen protected areas in 5 countries will be the first ones to be tested by selected outbound tour operators (especially from North America, Canada, Australia and UK) in a round of familiarization trips that will be organised next September to November. …  

31 Jul 2015 | News story

Wadi Al-Hitan (Egypt)

Three North African natural World Heritage sites assessed as ‘under concern’ by last IUCN report

TABE’A II report is an update of the 2011 TABE’A report prepared by the TABEA Programme. Its main objective is to assist state parties in the Arab Region to enhance their performance in the World Heritage convention (1972). TABE'A II is tracking the conservation status of natural World Heritage sites in the Arab region and has recently been released in the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany.  …  

24 Jul 2015 | News story

Posidonia oceanica

Spain renews support to IUCN in the Mediterranean

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) together with the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Andalusian regional government (CMAOT) in Spain have renewed their commitment to support the activities of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN-Med). The new addendum signed by the four parties will extend the General Protocol of Cooperation initially formalized in 2010, whose objective is to promote conservation and sustainable development of the Mediterranean hotspot. …   | Spanish

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Doñana National Park

IUCN grants top management Green List award to iconic Doñana

Gland, Switzerland, 22 July 2015 (IUCN) – One of the most biodiverse areas in Europe – Doñana National Park and Natural Reserve – was granted IUCN’s Green List status today in recognition of the successful conservation efforts of its managers. …   | Spanish

22 Jul 2015 | International news release

Cedar Cones- Lebanon

IUCN welcomes three new members in the Mediterranean region

The IUCN Council has just validated the decision taken by its Bureau, on 29 June 2015, to approve the admission of 16 new Members. Three of them belong to the Mediterranean region and are: the Association for the Development of Rural Capacities, the Italian Zoological Union and the Action for Wildlife. 

15 Jul 2015 | News story

Fernando Molina acompañado del Director de UICN-Med, Antonio Troya, en la reunión de expertos del Mar de Aborán en Oujda (Marruecos) en 2009.

In memoriam: Fernando Molina, impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo

Desde UICN estamos profundamente entristecidos por la pérdida del amigo e impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN y extendemos nuestras condolencias a sus familiares, colegas y amigos. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

Mediterranean landscape