Chantal Van Ham, EU Programme Manager for Nature Based Solutions

Municipalities call for ambitious targets and incentives for climate action

The major outcome of the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA 2015). ‘The Hanover Declaration’, acknowledges the importance of preventing warming of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, builds on the newly adopted SDGs and demonstrates that local governments and actors are demonstrating real leadership, pursuing extremely ambitious targets far beyond those set at national and international levels. The Hanover Declaration encourages the establishment of frameworks at the national and international level that encourage local climate actions which ultimately contribute to the desired global impacts in the long run. Political strategies should be adapted to enable climate action by local authorities through setting ambitious targets, creation of incentives and provision of long-term and predictable finance. …  

09 Oct 2015 | News story


Towards a ‘Blue Society’

Our global ocean is vast, covering over 70% of the Earth, and provides us with a wide range of goods and services which are crucial for our well-being. Despite its enormous contribution to life on earth, our ocean is facing a major crisis. Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and overexploitation of resources are threatening the integrity of our complicated and delicate marine ecosystems. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Launching event of the project "Strengthening capacity in National Nature Protection - preparation for Natura 2000 network"

New project on improving the protected areas in Albania

The focus of the new project is on implementing at least five management plans of the protected areas in Albania, and preparing a preliminary list of Natura 2000 sites. As project partner IUCN will provide technical support in relation to managing the protected areas, including capacity building, communications and visibility.  …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Lake Ohrid

Improving safeguarding of Lake Ohrid region

The second Transboundary Platform Meeting of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” was held in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As part of total of six meetings, it intend to improve and facilitate bi-lateral cooperation between representatives from both Albanian and Macedonian local and central administrations, the tourism sector, and those in charge of urban and rural development, culture, nature protection, resource management and the environment.  …  

02 Oct 2015 | News story

The Tamis River Valley, Serbia

Nature-Based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction in South-Eastern Europe

A workshop on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction was held on 29 and 30 September 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Council of Europe, Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia and Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).   …  

01 Oct 2015 | News story

The future of water: what SDG will be set for the post2015 development agenda

Sustainable Development Agenda adopted at UN Summit

2015 marks the final target year for the Millennium Development Goals, so it’s good news that before these goals ‘expired’, the follow-up 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York on 25-27 September, setting 17 new goals for the period up to 2030. These new goals are designed to be ‘universal’ in scope, applicable to both developed and developing countries. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Luc Bas discusses climate change at Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Tackling the EU ecological overshoot – On the Road to Paris

Earth Overshoot Day is an opportunity to take stock of our global use of natural resources – the annual day on which we have exhausted the resources that our land and oceans can renew in one year’s time. In 2015, this date was August 13. Last year, it was August 19. In the year 2000, it was in early October. Our continued overconsumption is evident as the date creeps earlier into the calendar year, signaling increasing risk for ecosystem degradation and eventual collapse. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Inger Andersen speaks with Director Luc Bas and guests at the European Regional Office

IUCN has key role to play in Europe, says Director General

The rain subsided and the sun crept through the clouds just in time for the opening of IUCN’s annual Garden Party on 7 September. Hosted by IUCN’s European Regional office, it was an opportunity for IUCN and the European environmental community at large to welcome IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen, to Brussels. It was a chance for many to meet the DG in an informal setting and exchange on EU environmental policy. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story


European Commission’s ‘fitness check’ process should result in enhanced implementation of EU nature legislation

In a position paper on the European Commission’s ‘Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme’ REFIT of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, which form the backbone of European nature conservation action, IUCN supports the scientific and evidence-based assessment of policy and legislation, and calls for the process to result in enhanced implementation of the EU’s nature directives. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Directors’ Meeting participants in Brijuni, Croatia

Nature conservation officials from SEE met in Brijuni

The focus of the meeting was the Regional Report on the State of Nature Conservation in South-Eastern Europe and its main findings. Obstacles that prevent effective protection of nature were discussed and priorities in nature conservation which will be supported through the Conservation Planning project were identified.  …  

11 Sep 2015 | News story

European Regional Office