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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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Towards a ‘Blue Society’

Our global ocean is vast, covering over 70% of the Earth, and provides us with a wide range of goods and services which are crucial for our well-being. Despite its enormous contribution to life on earth, our ocean is facing a major crisis. Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and overexploitation of resources are threatening the integrity of our complicated and delicate marine ecosystems. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Launching event of the project "Strengthening capacity in National Nature Protection - preparation for Natura 2000 network"

New project on improving the protected areas in Albania

The focus of the new project is on implementing at least five management plans of the protected areas in Albania, and preparing a preliminary list of Natura 2000 sites. As project partner IUCN will provide technical support in relation to managing the protected areas, including capacity building, communications and visibility.  …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Lake Ohrid

Improving safeguarding of Lake Ohrid region

The second Transboundary Platform Meeting of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” was held in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As part of total of six meetings, it intend to improve and facilitate bi-lateral cooperation between representatives from both Albanian and Macedonian local and central administrations, the tourism sector, and those in charge of urban and rural development, culture, nature protection, resource management and the environment.  …  

02 Oct 2015 | News story

The Tamis River Valley, Serbia

Nature-Based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction in South-Eastern Europe

A workshop on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction was held on 29 and 30 September 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Council of Europe, Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia and Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).   …  

01 Oct 2015 | News story

The future of water: what SDG will be set for the post2015 development agenda

Sustainable Development Agenda adopted at UN Summit

2015 marks the final target year for the Millennium Development Goals, so it’s good news that before these goals ‘expired’, the follow-up 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York on 25-27 September, setting 17 new goals for the period up to 2030. These new goals are designed to be ‘universal’ in scope, applicable to both developed and developing countries. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

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Earth Overshoot Day 2015 - The Road to Paris

22 September, 10.30-12.30, at the European Parliament. Opening address delivered by Commissioner Arias Cañete.

Toolkit for Creating and Managing an IUCN National Committee in Europe
  • Toolkit for Creating and Managing an IUCN National Committee in Europe

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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