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The Mediterranean is characterised by a high diversity of species and ecosystems, highly productive lands and seas, a moderate climate, as well as a particular landscape and harmony between man and nature. Among the problems affecting the region are the rapid urbanisation of coastal zones, thus reducing the extent of natural areas; the modification of coastal landscapes; the increasing conflicts between the uses of land, water and other natural resources; the increasing loss of soil due to erosion, and the scarcity of water.

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Red Coral in Portofino Marine Protected Area (Italy)

More research efforts are needed to understand the conservation status of Mediterranean corals

Over the last two years, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was coordinating the expert group to assess the status of the Mediterranean anthozoans. After intensive data gathering, monitoring and analysis the experts estimated that around 45% of species were listed as Data Deficient, that is, there is no adequate information to make an assessment of its risk of extinction. The preliminary results of the evaluation indicate that approximately 11% of the species assessed are threatened of extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. 

24 Oct 2014 | News story

Chimpanzees in Taï National Park Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis

Pyeongchang, Republic of South Korea, 17 October 2014 – Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), closing today in South Korea. …   | Spanish

17 Oct 2014 | International news release

Peninsula of Sinis (Sardegna, Italy)

Sinis Marine Protected Area, a true Ecotourism experience

The managers of the Protected Marine Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre (Italy) have participated in the test phase for the preparation of a catalogue of ecotourism packages in Mediterranean protected areas as part of the EU-funded MEET project. 

16 Oct 2014 | News story

Events


Great Bustard

Workshop for Great Bustard’s conservation in Morocco, 17-19 September 2014

A workshop will be organized in Asilah (Morocco) by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation Centre to examine the strategy for the conservation of Great Bustard (Otis tarda) in Morocco, and will gather about twenty experts from scientific institutions, and governmental and non-governmental agencies. …   | French

10 Sep 2014 | Event

Doñana National Parc

Mediterranean Co-ordination Meeting for the Green List of Protected Areas, 8-10 September, Sevilla, Spain

In the framework of the Green List of Protected Areas Initiative (GLPA), the second meeting of the Green List Mediterranean Reference Groups (Italy, France and Spain, coordinated by IUCN Med) will take place in Seville to analyze the level of achievement of the common goals of the group (established during the first meeting in Malaga (see HERE), to identify common and specific issues related to GLPA standard adaptation and assurance procedure, to clarify final doubts and prepare the way up to the World Parks Congress held in Sydney next November. …   | French

02 Sep 2014 | Event

Warning sign for dung beetles

Mediterranean Red List Workshop for Dung beetles in Doñana (Spain), 21-25 July

Organized into Doñana Biological Station (Natural Space of Doñana, Huelva, Spain) thanks to the support of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC in Spanish), the workshop gathered 12 experts from different Mediterranean countries and dealt with the conservation statute of dung beetles in the Mediterranean region. …   | French

07 Jul 2014 | Event

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