Europe Overseas Program
Europe Overseas - EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) - hosts 80% of the European biodiversity, 6% of globally theatened species, 7% of coral reefs: it is of international importance.
It is home to 5.8 million European citizens. These populations are particularly dependent on healthy ecosystems for their livelihood and adaptation to climate change. However, they often remain overlooked in terms of environmental policies as well as funding.
Recognizing the particular situation and specific needs of Europe Overseas, IUCN developed and implements a program to address these needs.
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The international conference on biodiversity and climate change took place 21 to 25 October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island. The conference was co-organized by the Secretariat of the CBD, the European Commission (EC), the French Government, Guadeloupe Regional Council, the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and IUCN. …
21 Nov 2014 | News story
30 Oct 2014 | News story
Islands’ biodiversity is especially important due to the high number of endemic species they harbour and particularly threatened as islands are facing high impacts from climate change with rising sea level, increased ocean temperature and acidity affecting their surrounding marine environment , as well as more frequent and violent storms. Islands’ ecosystems also face threats like invasive species and development. Conserving islands’ biodiversity thanks to sustainable development is key to achieve international conservation targets. …
07 Oct 2014 | Article
A research conducted between 2012 and 2014 not only values the ecosystem services provided by the three islands’ natural world, but produces reports and policy briefs for decision-makers with guidance on how to maintain these values for the benefit of the economy. …
26 Aug 2014 | Article
Islands are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They are often densely populated, yet face rising sea levels, water scarcity and natural disasters such as storms and floods. But regional governments and island states also have ample opportunities to lead on both adaptation and mitigation and are often already doing so. …
02 Jul 2014 | News story