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Let's fall in love again

For the people of Europe, struggling through another cold winter, it’s time to fall in love again!

Walks along the Seine, bird watching along the coast of the Waddenzee, skiing in the Alps…from Portugal to Russia, Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic romantic settings. And this is thanks to a rich natural heritage.

And let’s not forget that when we talk about European biodiversity, we’re also talking about the European overseas territories and all the natural treasure they hold, from the Caribbean islands to rich Antarctic ecosystems.

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Diversifying protected areas governance in the Caucasus

Public participation in protected areas management in the Caucasus is high on the agenda for IUCN.  New governance approaches which contribute to effective management and sustainable natural resource use are at the centre of IUCN’s efforts in the region. …  

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Gerben Jan Gerbrandy

Opinion: The silent crisis

Europe is in a crisis. An economic and euro crisis. Merkel and Sarkozy dominate the front pages of our newspapers. At the moment economists and their analyses seem to interest even more people than the weather forecast. And the euro countries desperately try to collect 500 billion Euro to fill its emergency fund. This crisis is very vocal and hard to oversee. …  

06 Feb 2012 | Article
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Striped frog. Tavi, Portugal

Facts and figures on Europe's biodiversity


01 Feb 2012 | Article


Flowering heather in the moorland

Country Focus: Denmark

Each month, the IUCN Regional Office for Europe takes you to a new country to explore its biodiversity and learn more about the efforts of IUCN Members, Committees and experts. This month we visit Denmark. …  

07 Feb 2012 | Article
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Gorgeous George - a Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

The day I met Godzilla...

Fred Burton heads a mission in the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands to rescue the iconic Grand Cayman Blue Iguana from extinction. His story is a rare thing in conservation: success on a shoestring. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

Advance Albania

What can be done to help Albania—a country of rich natural wealth but where many people struggle to make ends meet? One plan under way is to get the country’s national parks and other protected areas to support the needs of people as well as nature. …  

01 Feb 2012 | News story



Denmark for a greener Europe?

Denmark took over the Presidency of the European Council on 1 January 2012 from Poland in an international context dominated by two crises: an economic crisis, which is causing Euro and sovereign state debt troubles across Europe, and a global environmental crisis, overshadowed by the previous one. …  

20 Feb 2012 | News story
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Luba Balyan studying the local wildlife

Win a little, lose a lot

Convincing people to save the forests of her native Armenia has become a passion for IUCN’s Luba Balyan. She describes how a love of birds turned into a love of forests and all that they offer. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article

Recycling at a local government facility

Energetic eco efforts in Europe

Energy efficiency, sustainable forest management and recycling may be buzzwords of our time but in Europe, where a dense population is putting ever-increasing pressure on natural resources, greater efforts in these areas are urgently needed. …  

01 Feb 2012 | News story

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