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August 2012
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Dear Members, dear readers,

Welcome to this newsletter dedicated to the upcoming IUCN 2012 World Conservation Congress. There are only a few days left before the beginning of this major conservation event and here at IUCN we are all very busy with the final arrangements.


Some people may ask: what is the point of all these international events? One argument goes that if we cancelled all international conferences this year and invested the money in a global programme for ecosystem restoration, we might have made more impact and more immediate results. But – how true this may be, international events are essential for global environmental governance...

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Hans Friederich

A European Journey through IUCN Congress

The European Journey is now available on the Europe at IUCN Congress website. The Journey is a helpful tool for getting informed about workshops and other events involving IUCN European Members, Committees, Commissions and the Secretariat during this year’s Congress. It will help participants interested in European activities find their way more easily through the hundreds of events taking place at the Congress. 

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> European Journey
European Journey

Motions: defining the future of conservation

During the Assembly at IUCN Congress, IUCN Members will debate and vote Motions which define the Programme of the organization and can modify its structure and functioning. Of the more than 150 Motions, many are relevant to Europe and will impact its policies, here are some examples:

- Are biodiversity offsets schemes a valid tool to reduce companies’ impact on the environment? See Motion 144.
- How to reach the 2011 Bonn Challenge on Forests, Climate Change and Biodiversity? See Motion 78.
- How to ensure integration of global environmental policies with EU policies for the benefit of local people and economies in EU overseas? See Motions 10074 and 98

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Members voting on motions at the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

INTERVIEW: Nature+ development – where does Europe stand?

Gerard Bos, Head of IUCN Global Business & Biodiversity Programme speaks about Nature+ development and the progress on realizing the green economy in the European region.


Q: Where do you think Europe stands in its sustainable economic development?
Over the years, Europe has developed the infrastructure to enhance the quality of life of its inhabitants but this has left less space for untouched nature. Although Natura 2000 and other measures aim to protect these areas, pressure on biodiversity is still occurring... 

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> Nature+ development
> The EU B@B Platform website
Gerard Bos

European Members’ meeting

The meeting for IUCN Members from the West Europe and East Europe, North and Central Asia will be held on 8 September in the Tamna, the main hall of the Jeju International Convention Centre from 7pm to 9pm. The meeting will be an opportunity to get an update on the IUCN Programme in Europe which will be presented by Dr. Hans Friederich, IUCN Regional Director for Europe.

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The Caucasus region at the IUCN Congress

The biodiversity-rich Caucasus region will be represented during the IUCN World Conservation Congress by a wide range of IUCN Member and partner organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. For the first time during an IUCN Congress, representatives from twelve Caucasus-based organizations will be present and showcase their work to such an international audience. The Caucasus delegation will consist of seven IUCN Member organizations and representatives from non-Member State and regional organizations.   

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> IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre

Pavilions: IUCN Europe showcases its activities

The pavilions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress offer a window into the vast range of work that happens at IUCN. The pavilions will be the backdrop to regional side events. Here you can find information on what IUCN Europe will be up to at the Congress pavilions.

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European Members’ activities

IUCN European Members will run a large number of events during the Congress: knowledges cafés, workshops, conservation campuses and poster sessions. You can find some of the key events highlighted on this page. Here are the latest:

-WORKSHOP: Limiting biodiversity impacts from biofuels through land use mapping and certification schemes

-WORKSHOP: Fisheries, biodiversity conservation and food security

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Jeju Seongsan Illchubong

Nature’s “zigzags” in Serbia

Ever heard of Uvac Meanders? This is where nature gets at its most spectacular. Over the years, the Uvac River in Serbia has deeply carved the limestone rocks along its way and formed narrow canyon valleys which zigzag across the mountains. The landscape is breathtaking. The Uvac Special Nature Reserve is one of the natural secrets of Serbia – the country in our Focus in August 2012.

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> Country Focus - Serbia
> Country Focus - Cyprus
> Country Focus - Moldova
Uvac meanders

EU’s energy policy: the torch passes on to Cyprus

Wind Energy The search for a comprehensive and sustainable energy system in Europe remains firmly positioned in the EU policy agenda. The EU is well on track when it comes to the objectives for 2020. Read more on the European Union Update.
> Read IUCN's EU Update


IUCN Congress Brochure

IUCN Congress Brochure Learn more about the IUCN World Conservation Congress through this brochure.
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The URBES project - Fact sheet

the URBES Project The URBES project bridges the knowledge gap on the role of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well-being. It further aims to inform urban management and decision-makers on how to best integrate the natural environment and human needs.
> Fact sheet


Engaging CSOs in EU nature-related legislation

Training guidelines for involving CSOs from SEE in implementation of EU nature-related legislation The published guidelines intend to assist experts of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in their effective engagement in national conservation efforts and to provide them with a tool for delivering knowledge to CSO members. 
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Marine mammals and sea turtles of the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Front page This booklet presents information on the conservation status of the marine mammals and sea turtles that inhabit the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
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Ecoregion Conservation Plan for the Caucasus

Ecoregion Conservation Plan Cover The “Ecoregion Conservation Plan for the Caucasus” lays the framework for nature conservation and guides the efforts of all conservation actors working in the Caucasus Ecoregion.
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IUCN mourns the loss of Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby

Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby IUCN deeply mourns the loss of Martin Schneider-Jacoby who worked at IUCN Member EuroNatur since its foundation. We will all remember Martin as a truly passionate and inspiring person.
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Shebenik-Jabllanicë Logo Competition

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania IUCN is holding a competition for the creation of the official logo of the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park. Click here for more information. 
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20 years of protecting Europe’s nature: 3 cents for the future of Natura 2000

Tree IUCN together with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), EUROPARC and WWF will organize an evening reception on 25 September 2012 at the European Parliament to ask its Members to vote for protecting Europe’s nature by financing Natura 2000.
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Photo credits: Hans Friederich, IUCN; Gerard Bos, Gerard Bos; Members voting on motions at the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona, IUCN / Muntaner; Meeting, European Business and Biodiversity Campaign; Caucasus, A'Shioji/Flickr; Jellyfish, anvil06/Flickr; Jeju Seongsan Illchubong; Uvac meanders, Uvac Reserve Archive; Wind Energy, janie.hernandez55/Flickr; Urban River and Recreation, Dagmar Haase; Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby, Vladimir Dobretic; Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania, IUCN/T.Pezold; Tree, istockphoto.