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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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Coordination Meeting “The strategic program for protected areas” in Tirana, Albania.

More projects on protected areas in Albania

Representatives from state institutions, international organizations and donors in Albania gathered to initiate coordination of projects related to protected areas and to support the strategic program of National Agency of Protected Areas in Albania.   …  

27 Nov 2015 | News story

A wet bird

Stakeholders agree: EU Nature Directives are fit for purpose.

The EU Nature Directives are effective, coherent, relevant and fit for purpose, but insufficient  implementation remains a serious issue, and must be stepped up for the EU to meet its 2020 biodiversity targets. This was the overall message delivered by a broad and diverse range of stakeholders and government representatives in response to the European Commission’s findings on the ‘Fitness Check’ of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, at a high-level event in Brussels on 20 November, 2015. The audience heard from EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella and from four high-level panels which discussed the criteria used to evaluate the Directives: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance/EU added value. …  

25 Nov 2015 | News story

Wetlands, Tajikistan, Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)

Wetlands help foster cooperation in Central Asia

Ramsar Contracting Parties from Central Asia and partners will work together toward establishing a regional platform as a means to improving wetland conservation in Central Asia.   …  

25 Nov 2015 | News story

Camera trap picture of Balkan Lynx

Balkan lynx listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Today, the Balkan lynx subspecies was listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered. This scientific achievement comes after ten years of efforts of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Program  …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

Zavratnica bay, significant landscape (IUCN category V)

EU Nature legislation ‘fit for purpose’, but implementation needs to be strengthened, finds European Commission study

A report published by the European Commission today has found that the EU’s Nature Directives, the backbone of European conservation action, are ‘fit for purpose’. The draft findings of a study on the EU Birds and Habitats Directives show that the legislation, where implemented appropriately, has been effective in protecting some of Europe’s most threatened species and habitats, especially within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Overall, the Directives are deemed to have made a ‘major contribution’ to the goal of halting biodiversity loss in the EU, the target agreed by all EU member states in the EU’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

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ICLEI's Resilient Cities 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the Resilient Cities 2016, the 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation taking place in July 6-8, 2016 in Bonn, Germany

Toolkit for Creating and Managing an IUCN National Committee in Europe
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Report finds wildlife populations down 50% in the past 40 years - a call for action

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