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Camera trap picture of Balkan Lynx

Balkan lynx listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Today, the Balkan lynx subspecies was listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered. This scientific achievement comes after ten years of efforts of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Program  …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

Zavratnica bay, significant landscape (IUCN category V)

EU Nature legislation ‘fit for purpose’, but implementation needs to be strengthened, finds European Commission study

A report published by the European Commission today has found that the EU’s Nature Directives, the backbone of European conservation action, are ‘fit for purpose’. The draft findings of a study on the EU Birds and Habitats Directives show that the legislation, where implemented appropriately, has been effective in protecting some of Europe’s most threatened species and habitats, especially within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Overall, the Directives are deemed to have made a ‘major contribution’ to the goal of halting biodiversity loss in the EU, the target agreed by all EU member states in the EU’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Ministerial Conference “Towards Climate Summit in Paris 2015, challenges for CEI Member States”

A ‘greener’ future for the CEI region

Ministers and the Heads of Delegations of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Member States adopted a joint Declaration last week in Skopje which reflects the readiness of countries to cooperate on achieving a ‘greener’ future for the CEI region.   …  

09 Nov 2015 | News story

IUCN Europe

Declining Biodiversity – will Europe be able to meet the 2020 targets?

2015 marks the halfway-point of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – a time to take stock of the progress made and a chance to adjust the measures for reaching the targets set out in the strategy, which was adopted in 2011. As highlighted in the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published by the European Commission earlier this month, more ambition, particularly in implementation efforts by Member States, is needed to halt biodiversity loss to levels set out by the Strategy. …  

21 Oct 2015 | News story

Life's logo

LIFE project funds new assessments for IUCN's European Red List

A new project, partly funded by the European Commission’s LIFE financial instrument will allow for the assessment of approximately 4,000 additional species and their subsequent addition to the European Red List. Invertebrate species and plants will be the beneficiaries of these assessments, which will bring the total number of species assessed on the continent from 9,375 species to more than 15,000 by 2018, when the newly-financed assessments are set to be completed. …  

16 Oct 2015 | News story

Chantal Van Ham, EU Programme Manager for Nature Based Solutions

Municipalities call for ambitious targets and incentives for climate action

The major outcome of the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA 2015). ‘The Hanover Declaration’, acknowledges the importance of preventing warming of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, builds on the newly adopted SDGs and demonstrates that local governments and actors are demonstrating real leadership, pursuing extremely ambitious targets far beyond those set at national and international levels. The Hanover Declaration encourages the establishment of frameworks at the national and international level that encourage local climate actions which ultimately contribute to the desired global impacts in the long run. Political strategies should be adapted to enable climate action by local authorities through setting ambitious targets, creation of incentives and provision of long-term and predictable finance. …  

09 Oct 2015 | News story

Wave

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

European Regional Office