A sacred place of the Sámi people in the middle of  Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland.

Europe’s sacred lands – a secret in need

‘The Diversity of Sacred Lands in Europe’, provides a unique insight into Europe’s often forgotten sacred natural sites. It looks into their history, importance and the threats they currently face. The book is a must-read for managers of European protected areas and landscapes and those interested in the religious and cultural aspects of European natural sites. Published by IUCN and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services of Finland, the book is part of a series issued by The Delos Initiative of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

SPAMIs in the Mediterranean

Seven New Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance

Policy makers from 21 Mediterranean countries approved to include seven new sites on the SPAMI list (Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance) at the last meeting of Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held in Paris (February 2012), officially informed by the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story


Did you know that almost 25% of Spain’s land is included in Natura 2000?

Protected areas in Spain cover more than 15 million hectares, representing over 27% of its land area. And almost a quarter of the whole Spanish territory is part of the Natura 2000 Network which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This month, the IUCN National Committee and Member organizations in Spain showcase their activities and achievements in nature conservation in the third edition of the IUCN European Country Focus. …  

02 Apr 2012 | News story
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HRH Felipe, Prince of Asturias and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, during the IUCN World Conservation Congress opening ceremony

IUCN's Congress: the common denominator

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique platform gathering people from all ranks of society under the same roof. Encompassing a wide range of viewpoints, the Forum is the perfect environment to share knowledge and reach a rounded vision on conservation. …  

01 Apr 2012 | Article

Forum web-spaces for the 2012 IUCN Congress

Le Forum en quelques clics

Profitez au maximum de votre expérience du Forum du Congrès et engagez-vous dans les espaces-web ! Ceux-ci ont été spécialement conçus pour faciliter l’accès à toutes les informations importantes concernant l'événement. …   | English | Spanish

01 Apr 2012 | News story

IUCN’s impact on global conservation

L’impact de l’UICN sur la conservation mondiale

Alors que les préparatifs vont bon train en prévision du Congrès mondial de la nature 2012, analysons un instant la portée internationale de ces rassemblements sur la conservation de la nature. …   | English | Spanish

01 Apr 2012 | News story

Andrej Sovinc, IUCN WCPA Regional Chair for Europe

Andrej Sovinc: Ad-Interim Chair for WCPA Europe

Andrej Sovinc from Slovenia has agreed to take on the role, subject to approval from Council.  …  

26 Mar 2012 | News story
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Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN mourns loss of former President Professor Mohamed Kassas

IUCN is profoundly saddened by the loss of Professor Mohamed Kassas, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Cairo and former President of IUCN, who passed away yesterday in Cairo. …  

22 Mar 2012 | News story

El Hierro, Canary Islands

Islands and coasts high on the EU maritime agenda

The European Commission has just adopted its programme on an Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The programme proposes 20 actions for a total amount of 40 million euros to support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans, and the expansion of scientific knowledge, recognizing the role of the coastal, insular and outermost regions of the EU. …  

21 Mar 2012 | News story

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Spring flowers in bloom

Spring is in the air - flowers are beginning to bloom, snow is melting, plants are turning green, and Easter is around the corner. While many people are concerned with what floral arrangement to put on the dinner table, very few are aware that many European wild flowers are threatened with extinction, according to the European Red List of Vascular Plants, a project carried out by IUCN, financed by the European Commission. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story