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Białowieża Forest, Poland

The EU has to act to save the Białowieża Forest

The future of the pristine Białowieża Forest is at stake. Plans to triple timber extraction in this emblematic area could strip the forest of its ability to recover naturally from a recent beetle outbreak. Short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Białowieża, states Luc Bas of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

29 Apr 2016 | News story

Turtle Dove, David Tipling, Nature Picture Library

IUCN calls for the Commission to protect the Turtle Dove against spring hunting season in Malta

IUCN has urged the European Commission to immediately request the Maltese authorities to protect the European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur). Malta has proceeded with opening its spring hunting season (by applying a derogation to the EU Birds Directive), which will allow 5,000 birds to be shot. This is concerning given that the species has undergone a rapid decline in numbers in recent years and has  now been up-listed to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

26 Apr 2016 | News story

Group photo

Collaborative management is critical for Natural and Cultural Heritage

Successful management of the Lake Ohrid region depends heavily on collaboration between diverse stakeholders and a harmonious balance of nature, culture, landscape and development. During the training on Collaborative Integrated Management of Protected and Heritage Landscapes held in April in Lin Peninsula, Albania, the stakeholders learned how to develop an integrated and cooperative approach to managing complex landscapes. …  

26 Apr 2016 | News story

Park rangers

“Poachers or Protectors?” Event examining the complexity of on the ground wildlife management

Over the last decade there has been a surge in illegal wildlife trade. Poaching of elephants and rhinos for ivory and horn has attracted the most attention, but the trend extends to many other species and commodities.  Response to this crisis has largely focused on intensified law enforcement. Whilst practitioners and policymakers recognise the need to engage local communities in the fight against wildlife crime, initiatives that directly and effectively do so remain rare. …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

First High Level Ministerial Panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe

Focusing on climate change and environment in SEE

The participants of the first high level ministerial panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe (SEE) discussed policy responses to climate change and environmental challenges in South-East Europe and reviewed the state of ongoing regional cooperation in this field. …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

S.Over IUCN

UICN da la bienvenida a 22 nuevos Miembros

El Consejo de la UICN admitió a 22 nuevos Miembros. La Unión cuenta ahora con 1351 Miembros, el número más alto en la historia de la UICN.   | English | French

15 Apr 2016 | News story

Capacity Building brochure

New IUCN Publication: Capacity Development Needs and Priorities for Nature Conservation in South-Eastern Europe

This Publication is a contribution to the IUCN project ‘Towards Strengthened Conservation Planning in South-Eastern Europe’ supported by MAVA Foundation.   …  

24 Mar 2016 | News story

Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Luc Bas at the Save Wildlife Conference, The Hague in The Netherlands

Game over - or game on for wildlife?

Illegal trade in animals and plants has reached unprecedented levels in recent years, threatening the local extinction of populations. Sadly, the international community lags behind in responding to this urgent wildlife crisis. The Dutch EU Presidency has put the matter high on the agenda - and the European Commission has launched an ambitious plan to tackle wildlife trafficking. …  

04 Mar 2016 | News story

The European Union needs to live up to the Paris commitments

Today, a major new coalition of businesses, cities, trade unions and NGOs are calling on EU leaders to act on the Paris Agreement and ensure that EU climate policies are coherent with its goals. …  

02 Mar 2016 | News story

Seizure of illegal pelts, ©Catherine J. Hibbard, USFWS

IUCN welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which was announced today –  just a few days ahead of World Wildlife Day. Illegal trade in animals and plants has surged in recent years, and with the EU playing a pivotal role as a major market and transit point for trade in wildlife, international action is urgently needed. …  

26 Feb 2016 | News story

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