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Lake Ohrid Region (16/08/2014)

First Management Planning Workshop to begin for transboundary Lake Ohrid region

 The first management planning workshop in a series of five will take place on 25 and 26 March 2015 in the Korça region, Albania. The workshop is carried out in the framework of the 36-month European Union-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.
 

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Jane Smart, Director, IUCN Global Species Programme & Bertrand de Montmollin, Chair, IUCN National Committee for Switzerland

IUCN Red Lists standards applied at National, Regional and Global Level: IUCN Swiss National Committee takes a first step towards strengthening joint collaboration

“National, Regional and Global Level: how to better collaborate? How can Red List processes be better implemented at national and regional levels, and how can these national and regional experiences retro-feed global processes?” …  

18 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story

The Estonian oak tree on a football field was voted European Tree of the Year 2015.

Oak tree on football field voted European Tree of the Year 2015

Nearly 200,000 people from all over Europe voted for their favourite tree in the European Tree of the Year contest during the month of February. The winner is an Oak tree on a football pitch in Estonia, accumulating 60,000 votes. The runner up was the Hungarian 'Great Plane of Tata', and the Spanish 'Poplar pollard of the Remolinar' came third.     …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

New Caledonia coast

Europe’s marine and coastal biodiversity still degrading, according to European Environment Agency

In its State of the Environment Report 2015 just released, the European Environment Agency highlights improvements while pointing out that Europe is not on track to meet its environmental goals. More ambitious policies and actions are needed to address the challenges. …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

The 2014 Natura 2000 Conservation Award went to a project to save the imperial eagle in Sakar, Bulgaria.

European Environment Agency rings alarm bells over state of EU’s environment

Today, the European Environment Agency released its State of the Environment Report 2015, delivering a stark message of biodiversity loss, natural capital depletion and environmental pressures. The report emphasizes the recognition that Europe's economic prosperity and well-being are intrinsically linked to its natural environment. …  

03 Mar 2015 | News story

Sundarbans cyclone

L’UICN invitée à la visite d’Etat du Président Hollande aux Philippines

Du 25 au 27, la Directrice Générale de l’UICN, Inger Andersen, a participé à la visite d’Etat française aux Philippines, à l’invitation de l’Envoyé Spécial du Président de la République pour la Protection de la Planète, Nicolas Hulot. …   | English

28 Feb 2015 | News story

Dr. Earle visiting the local school on Ascension Island

Mounting pressure for marine protection

IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world. …  

20 Feb 2015 | News story

Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana

EU initiative to counteract African wildlife crisis

African wildlife is facing an unprecedented crisis. Currently, about 5,000 African flora and fauna species, which represents 27% of all species assessed on the continent, are listed on the IUCN Red List threatened with extinction. The main threats to African wildlife are weak governance, poaching and wildlife trafficking, and the loss of habitats through land conversion and climate change. In addition, wild species are used unsustainably for purposes such as firewood and bushmeat. …  

17 Feb 2015 | News story

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