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Today's societies need to reconnect with biodiversity

The EUROPARC Conference 2012 in Belgium, 22-25 October 2012, will bring together high profile speakers from around Europe, gathering to join forces for a more consistent and collaborative conservation and protection practice. EUROPARC 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of Natura 2000 and the LIFE programme. Special focus will be given on effective management of protected areas. …  

11 Jul 2012 | News story
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Congress participants during the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Last few hours for discounts on Congress fees

2012 is a busy year for environmental decision-making, with many large-scale conventions taking place. But the IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique event with a unique audience. It is the only global summit that represents every aspect of conservation, bringing together leaders of all levels – from governments and international NGOs to academia and local charities. …   | French | Spanish

05 Jul 2012 | News story

Alhoceima National Park

Malaga hosts the 3rd Meeting of National correspondents of the Strategic Action Plan for the Conservation of the Mediterranean

After having convened the Second Meeting of National Correspondents of SAP BIO / MedMPAnet Project Inception Workshop in Istanbul (2 June 2010), RAC/SPA, the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas, is presently convening the Third Meeting of National Correspondents of SAP BIO / MedMPAnet Project Mid-term Workshop. The meeting will be organized in Malaga (Spain) at Hotel Barceló Málaga from the 4th to the 6th of July 2012, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain and IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med). …  

04 Jul 2012 | News story

A Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum, Family Sphingidae) hovering for food from a Rosemary flower (Rosmarinus oficinallis)

Cyprus at the head of the EU

Cyprus is in the spotlight of the EU as its 6-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins this month. What about nature conservation? Find out more in this month’s Country Focus dedicated to Cyprus. …  

03 Jul 2012 | News story
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Peppermint shrimp inside a branching vase sponge

Reconnecting science to policy in Europe and beyond

“Scientific research is an essential foundation for the implementation of any policy in favour of biodiversity. We need to improve data on biodiversity and its dissemination between the scientific community, policymakers and civil society both at the EU and global levels,” urged Mr Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) during the recent briefing session on IPBES, the new global science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The briefing report is now available. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

The Kaieture waterfall in Guyana, the world's tallest single drop water fall, proudly stands 275m high.

Water - it's irreplaceable

At the Rio Dialogues, civil society and business showed through their online votes and panelist speeches increasing leadership when it comes to water issues. And interesting enough, the right to water was not the number one recommendation passed on to the heads of States. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story
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Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

20 years on, civil society leads in Rio

Governments are leaving the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit (Rio +20) with a big deal but little action. Groups of civil society and business have proved they can lead the way towards a sustainable future. …  

22 Jun 2012 | News story

Aimé J. Nianogo

African expectations not yet met in Rio

Around 50,000 delegates from around the world are attending the UN’s biggest meeting ever in Rio. The aim of the Rio +20 Sustainability Summit is to lift billions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty without exhausting the planet’s resources. But economic woes are keeping expectations low. …  

19 Jun 2012 | News story

Dinaric Arc - Transboundary Cooperation

At the crossroads of conservation and development

Transboundary cooperation among adjacent countries epitomizes the ambition of the Rio +20 conference. As discussed during the side event organized by IUCN and the Italian Government (DGCS) at the UN Conference on sustainable development (Rio+20), it offers some early results and insights into the relevance of natural resource management for the green economy. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story

Business unusual

Let’s get serious!

IUCN and the UN Global Compact are helping business in Rio get serious about biodiversity, boosting private sector efforts in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services – the benefits we get from nature. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story


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