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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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Birdlife Europe, Nature Alert

European Parliament calls for tougher measures in the EU's Biodiversity Strategy

Brussels, 2 February 2016 - The chance that Europe’s Nature Directives will be revised, has slimmed further. With an impressive majority, today’s plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted its own report on the EU Mid-Term Review of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. The European Parliament calls upon the Commission and the EU Member States to fully implement the Habitats and Birds Directives, restore ecosystems and promote Nature Based Solutions, in order to halt the ongoing loss of biodiversity in Europe by 2020.
 

02 Feb 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki

Message from Helsinki - A special attention to the EU Overseas and BEST Initiative highlighted as innovative financing mechanism

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, held on 14-16 December 2015 in Helsinki, delivered the Message from Helsinki to support mainstreaming biodiversity and inspiring new generations through a series of actions. Special focus was placed on the management of marine ecosystems that are under strong pressure from overfishing, pollution and ocean acidification and a special attention was called for the EU Overseas (Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories). …  

27 Jan 2016 | Article

Luc Bas, Director, Eu Representative Office

The European Regional Conservation Forum: A milestone towards the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

I would like to once again take this opportunity to wish you a healthy and successful year! 2016 will be an important year for IUCN in Europe. The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published at the end of last year means that we must now truly accelerate implementation to meet the targets by 2020. The Paris agreement and the agreed SDGs offer enormous opportunities to support our joint efforts in achieving genuine sustainable development in Europe and globally. 

25 Jan 2016 | Article

Fish silhouettes

A new marine reserve in the Atlantic waters around Ascension Island

This year begins on a very positive note from the British government who have announced the future establishment of a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island. Home to large colonies of tropical seabirds, green turtles and some of the largest marlin in the world, it is the latest remote island marine reserve to be declared after the creation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in March 2015.   …  

12 Jan 2016 | Article

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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

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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