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Wolf (Canis lupus)

EU State of Nature Report points to continued loss of biodiversity, but success of Natura 2000

The State of Nature in the EU report, released by the European Environment Agency, shows that few species and habitats have a favourable conservation status in the EU and that progress towards the 2020 biodiversity strategy targets has not been substantial since the last assessment. Nevertheless, it also demonstrates that species and habitats with favourable status trends have benefited greatly from protection through the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, which now covers 18% of the EU’s land and 4% of marine waters. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Artemisia granatensis

Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2 percent threatened with extinction – IUCN report

The IUCN European Red List of Medicinal Plants provides, for the first time, information on the status of all major medicinal plants native to Europe. This assessment includes 400 vascular plants, including trees, aquatic plants and epiphytes, which occupy a wide range of habitats. These plants include common and widely-used species such as Arnica (Arnica montana), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris). …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

L’UICN recommande d’agir en faveur du patrimoine mondial naturel en péril

L’UICN, Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, publie aujourd’hui d’importantes recommandations relatives à des sites naturels du patrimoine mondial nouveaux et en péril, avant la réunion du Comité du patrimoine mondial qui se tiendra à Bonn (Allemagne), du 28 juin au 8 juillet prochain. L’UICN recommande le retrait du site colombien de Los Katíos de la Liste du patrimoine mondial en péril. Elle recommande aussi l’inscription d’un nouveau site en Jamaïque et d’importantes extensions de deux sites inscrits au Vietnam et en Afrique du Sud. Une deuxième série de rapports devrait être publiée fin mai. …   | English | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure: Stakeholders call for scaling up implementation and investments

“We need to forge a new partnership with Nature,” were the opening words by EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella at his intervention at the Green Infrastructure conference in Brussels, and he then launched into praising the benefits of investing in green infrastructure projects. …  

13 May 2015 | News story

Luc Bas and Commissioner Vella at European Business Summit 2015

A role for nature based solutions in the EU Circular Economy package ?

Europe is resource-poor, and businesses, policy-makers and citizens are increasingly aware of wasteful consumption and production patterns, as well as the continuing destruction of the continent’s natural capital. The ‘circular economy’, a system in which nothing goes to waste but is fed back as a valuable resource into a closed loop, would not only have considerable environmental benefits, but would also give Europe a competitive edge, inspiring new economic development and job creation. …  

08 May 2015 | News story

RiverPrize logo

Applications open for European RiverPrize 2015

The International RiverFoundation is now calling for applications for the 2015 IRF European Riverprize - Europe’s most esteemed award for the restoration, protection or sustainable management of rivers and wetlands across the continent. …  

05 May 2015 | News story

Bumblebee

Launch of European Red List of Bees: Fostering bee-friendly agricultural practices

The recent release of the European Red List of Bees had found that 9.2% of Europe’s 1,965 wild bee species were threatened with extinction. This trend affects a broad variety of stakeholders, given the bee’s key role in the pollination of crops and wild flowers, which is essential to society and agriculture. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Signing of the memorandum of understanding between Mr. Gino Van Begin, ICLEI’s Secretary General and Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, IUCN’s President during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress

IUCN and ICLEI to collaborate on supporting local sustainable development and nature protection

IUCN and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability – have committed to strengthening their global cooperation on sustainable development, with special emphasis on the integration of natural capital in urban and regional planning, and the implementation of nature based solutions. The two organisations signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect on 12 April 2015, during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Leaders for Nature

IUCN Leaders for Nature – Developing tangible ideas for greener cities

Leaders for Nature is the IUCN Netherlands’ business engagement network of twenty multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together to green the economy. Its annual forum brings together private sector, government and civil society stakeholders to identify ways of integrating natural capital into business management and practices. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story

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