Coordination Meeting “The strategic program for protected areas” in Tirana, Albania.

More projects on protected areas in Albania

Representatives from state institutions, international organizations and donors in Albania gathered to initiate coordination of projects related to protected areas and to support the strategic program of National Agency of Protected Areas in Albania.   …  

27 Nov 2015 | News story

A wet bird

Stakeholders agree: EU Nature Directives are fit for purpose.

The EU Nature Directives are effective, coherent, relevant and fit for purpose, but insufficient  implementation remains a serious issue, and must be stepped up for the EU to meet its 2020 biodiversity targets. This was the overall message delivered by a broad and diverse range of stakeholders and government representatives in response to the European Commission’s findings on the ‘Fitness Check’ of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, at a high-level event in Brussels on 20 November, 2015. The audience heard from EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella and from four high-level panels which discussed the criteria used to evaluate the Directives: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance/EU added value. …  

25 Nov 2015 | News story

Wetlands, Tajikistan, Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)

Wetlands help foster cooperation in Central Asia

Ramsar Contracting Parties from Central Asia and partners will work together toward establishing a regional platform as a means to improving wetland conservation in Central Asia.   …  

25 Nov 2015 | News story

Camera trap picture of Balkan Lynx

Balkan lynx listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Today, the Balkan lynx subspecies was listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered. This scientific achievement comes after ten years of efforts of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Program  …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

Zavratnica bay, significant landscape (IUCN category V)

EU Nature legislation ‘fit for purpose’, but implementation needs to be strengthened, finds European Commission study

A report published by the European Commission today has found that the EU’s Nature Directives, the backbone of European conservation action, are ‘fit for purpose’. The draft findings of a study on the EU Birds and Habitats Directives show that the legislation, where implemented appropriately, has been effective in protecting some of Europe’s most threatened species and habitats, especially within the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Overall, the Directives are deemed to have made a ‘major contribution’ to the goal of halting biodiversity loss in the EU, the target agreed by all EU member states in the EU’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Ministerial Conference “Towards Climate Summit in Paris 2015, challenges for CEI Member States”

A ‘greener’ future for the CEI region

Ministers and the Heads of Delegations of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Member States adopted a joint Declaration last week in Skopje which reflects the readiness of countries to cooperate on achieving a ‘greener’ future for the CEI region.   …  

09 Nov 2015 | News story

IUCN Europe

Declining Biodiversity – will Europe be able to meet the 2020 targets?

2015 marks the halfway-point of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – a time to take stock of the progress made and a chance to adjust the measures for reaching the targets set out in the strategy, which was adopted in 2011. As highlighted in the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published by the European Commission earlier this month, more ambition, particularly in implementation efforts by Member States, is needed to halt biodiversity loss to levels set out by the Strategy. …  

21 Oct 2015 | News story

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LIFE project funds new assessments for IUCN's European Red List

A new project, partly funded by the European Commission’s LIFE financial instrument will allow for the assessment of approximately 4,000 additional species and their subsequent addition to the European Red List. Invertebrate species and plants will be the beneficiaries of these assessments, which will bring the total number of species assessed on the continent from 9,375 species to more than 15,000 by 2018, when the newly-financed assessments are set to be completed. …  

16 Oct 2015 | News story

Chantal Van Ham, EU Programme Manager for Nature Based Solutions

Municipalities call for ambitious targets and incentives for climate action

The major outcome of the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA 2015). ‘The Hanover Declaration’, acknowledges the importance of preventing warming of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, builds on the newly adopted SDGs and demonstrates that local governments and actors are demonstrating real leadership, pursuing extremely ambitious targets far beyond those set at national and international levels. The Hanover Declaration encourages the establishment of frameworks at the national and international level that encourage local climate actions which ultimately contribute to the desired global impacts in the long run. Political strategies should be adapted to enable climate action by local authorities through setting ambitious targets, creation of incentives and provision of long-term and predictable finance. …  

09 Oct 2015 | News story


Towards a ‘Blue Society’

Our global ocean is vast, covering over 70% of the Earth, and provides us with a wide range of goods and services which are crucial for our well-being. Despite its enormous contribution to life on earth, our ocean is facing a major crisis. Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and overexploitation of resources are threatening the integrity of our complicated and delicate marine ecosystems. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

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