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IUCN’s Europe, North and Central Asia region covers two statutory regions, West Europe, and East Europe, North and Central Asia; including the overseas entities of European Union countries. Representing one third of the global membership, this is IUCN’s largest programmatic region.

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IUCN General Director Inger Andersen launch Jordan NAP and NBSAP

IUCN Director General to attend the first World Leaders´ Conservation Forum

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen will join international efforts to seek creative nature-based solutions to global environmental challenges by addressing the World Leaders´ Conservation Forum (WLCF) which takes place on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 to 9 July.
 

23 May 2015 | News story

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Biodiversity expert

Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region
 

23 May 2015 | Job vacancy

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and IUCN Director General Inger Andersen

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge leads wildlife talks at IUCN

IUCN was deeply honoured to host His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge as he convened a meeting of United for Wildlife (UfW) at IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, on Monday 18 May to discuss global cooperation in tackling the illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife is a collaboration led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in conjunction with seven partner conservation organisations, including IUCN, all joining forces to tackle wildlife crime. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

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

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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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