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Cap de Creuse

12 packages ready for the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism catalogue

 Twelve ecotourism packages are ready to be part of the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) catalogue according to the evaluation of an experts meeting held in Malaga at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation premises on 8-9 July, to discuss ecotourism principles and minimum criteria for inclusion of packages in the final MEET Catalogue. Fifteen protected areas in 5 countries will be the first ones to be tested by selected outbound tour operators (especially from North America, Canada, Australia and UK) in a round of familiarization trips that will be organised next September to November. …  

31 Jul 2015 | News story

Wadi Al-Hitan (Egypt)

Three North African natural World Heritage sites assessed as ‘under concern’ by last IUCN report

TABE’A II report is an update of the 2011 TABE’A report prepared by the TABEA Programme. Its main objective is to assist state parties in the Arab Region to enhance their performance in the World Heritage convention (1972). TABE'A II is tracking the conservation status of natural World Heritage sites in the Arab region and has recently been released in the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany. It is noteworthy to mention that the first TABE’A report was a pilot report of IUCN Conservation outlook assessment. Since the first report, the recent conservation outlook assessments have more information; therefore the resulting assessments are more accurate. This report included an update of the conservation status of all natural and mixed world heritage sites in the Arab Region, from which three are located in North Africa: Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) and Tassili n’Ajjer National Park (Algeria) exhibit some concern in regard to conservation status, while the conservation outlook of Wadi Al-Hilan (whale Valley, Egypt) is good.  …  

24 Jul 2015 | News story

Posidonia oceanica

Spain renews support to IUCN in the Mediterranean

 The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) together with the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Andalusian regional government (CMAOT) in Spain have renewed their commitment to support the activities of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN-Med). The new addendum signed by the four parties will extend the General Protocol of Cooperation initially formalized in 2010, whose objective is to promote conservation and sustainable development of the Mediterranean hotspot.  | Spanish

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Doñana National Park

IUCN grants top management Green List award to iconic Doñana

Gland, Switzerland, 22 July 2015 (IUCN) – One of the most biodiverse areas in Europe – Doñana National Park and Natural Reserve – was granted IUCN’s Green List status today in recognition of the successful conservation efforts of its managers. …   | Spanish

22 Jul 2015 | International news release

Cedar Cones- Lebanon

IUCN welcomes three new members in the Mediterranean region

The IUCN Council has just validated the decision taken by its Bureau, on 29 June 2015, to approve the admission of 16 new Members. Three of them belong to the Mediterranean region and are: the Association for the Development of Rural Capacities, the Italian Zoological Union and the Action for Wildlife. 

15 Jul 2015 | News story

Fernando Molina acompañado del Director de UICN-Med, Antonio Troya, en la reunión de expertos del Mar de Aborán en Oujda (Marruecos) en 2009.

In memoriam: Fernando Molina, impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo

Desde UICN estamos profundamente entristecidos por la pérdida del amigo e impulsor del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN y extendemos nuestras condolencias a sus familiares, colegas y amigos. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

2nd Think-Tank meeting on the Mediterranean Biodiversity Platform held in Malaga

Mediterranean joining forces for biodiversity information challenges

Nine environmental international organisations across the Mediterranean gathered today in Malaga to discuss how to give shape to an initiative that seeks cooperation in the field of data and information biodiversity in the region. …  

02 Jul 2015 | News story

Mariposa niña de Sierra Nevada (Polyommatus golgus)

Presentados 4 planes de recuperación para mariposas amenazadas en España

Ayer se presentaron 4 planes de recuperación para las mariposas endémicas y amenazadas en España. Las cuatro especies se encuentran en Andalucía y dos de ellas tienen parte de su área de distribución en las regiones de Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha y Aragón. En el seminario de presentación celebrado en la Universidad de Granada participaron técnicos de la Junta de Andalucía, responsables de espacios protegidos y expertos que han colaborado en del desarrollo de los planes, entre ellos, expertos de UICN. …  

25 Jun 2015 | News story

UN Member States formally adopt a resolution for the introduction of legal measures to protect the high seas

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

Another significant step towards improved protection and management of the high seas was achieved today as UN Member States formally adopted a resolution for the development of legal measures to conserve marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

Mar Cano participando en la Reunión de Validación de la Estrategia del Arruí en Túnez, celebrado en mayo de 2014.

In memoriam: Falleció una gran experta de la conservación en el Mediterráneo

Desde UICN estamos profundamente entristecidos por la pérdida de la experta y bióloga María del Mar Cano, colaboradora del Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo, y extendemos nuestras condolencias a sus familiares, colegas y amigos. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story
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