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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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Luc Bas

Nature-based solutions: an underused toolbox for enhancing climate resilience

Although a positive momentum of action from governments and stakeholders alike was created during the past year in the run up to the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris starting today, the original expectations for a fully-fledged, legally binding deal with concrete targets have turned into a long-term trajectory of increased flexible action. The original goal to keep the global average temperature rise below 2°C from pre-industrial levels is far from being reached as the currently tabled Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) from the parties will clearly not get us there according to the UNFCCC’s own assessment. …   | French

30 Nov 2015 | Article

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

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BEST newsletter 02

The second newsletter of the EU BEST initiative is now online!  …   | French

25 Nov 2015 | Article

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

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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

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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