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Europe, North and Central Asia include two programmatic IUCN regions: Firstly, the European Region (EURO), which includes the EU member states and the West European Statutory Region of IUCN, and secondly, the Eastern Europe and Northern/Central Asian Region (ECARO).

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“Influence, encourage and assist societies in Europe to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

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The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …  

01 Sep 2015 | News story

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Help shape the IUCN World Conservation Forum

We’re looking for a group of dedicated, professional and knowledgeable volunteers to serve as Technical Reviewers of Forum’s event proposals. This is a wonderful opportunity to help support and shape the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress.  | Spanish

31 Aug 2015 | Job vacancy

Workshop participants - "Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region" project

Engaging local communities in the nomination of World Heritage properties

Local stakeholders in Albania help identify and assess the natural and cultural heritage of the transboundary Lake Ohrid region in the preparation of a nomination to extend to Albania the existing mixed World Heritage property “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region.”   …  

22 Aug 2015 | News story

Underground in La Malogne, with (L) fellow evaluator Aniello Aloia, and representatives of the candidature.

Europe leading the way on World Heritage and nature conservation performance

By Tim Badman, Director – World Heritage Programme, IUCN …  

06 Aug 2015 | Article

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Demonstrating the Value of Nature for Cities

While all economic value is ultimately derived from nature, it is unaccounted for in our economic system. Healthy ecosystems form the backbone of a sustainable future and their protection and restoration are essential, not only for a thriving economy, but for safe, resilient and livable cities. On 2 July, IUCN, in cooperation with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability hosted a webinar, as part of the URBIS – Urban Biosphere Initiative Dialogue series, on “reconciling economic development and attracting investment for urban green solutions in and around cities”. The session focused on identifying policies and incentives for using natural solutions to tackle socio-economic and environmental challenges in urban areas. The webinar was part of the URBIS initiative - a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. …  

06 Aug 2015 | News story

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Report finds wildlife populations down 50% in the past 40 years - a call for action

Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels, reflects on the 10th Living Planet Report, which made global headlines amidst news of war and economic crises....



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