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IUCN’s Europe, North and Central Asia region covers two statutory regions, West Europe, and East Europe, North and Central Asia; including the overseas entities of European Union countries. Representing one third of the global membership, this is IUCN’s largest programmatic region.

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Aletsch glacier, Switzerland

Switzerland’s commitment to World Heritage gets strong

A ceremony was held by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO on March 23 to celebrate the signing of the Swiss Charter on World Heritage. Designed as a voluntary instrument of commitment, the charter aims to strengthen World Heritage in Switzerland and promote its values. …  

24 Mar 2015 | News story

Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

Water is nature, water is everything

Every year on 22 March, the international community celebrates World Water Day, a day to draw global attention to the water challenge and renew commitments to safeguard the planet’s most vital resource. …  

22 Mar 2015 | News story

Bombus cullamanus, critically endangered

Nearly one in 10 wild bee species face extinction in Europe while the status of more than half remains unknown - IUCN report

The first-ever assessment of all European wild bee species shows that 9.2% are threatened with extinction, while 5.2% are considered likely to be threatened in the near future. A total of 56.7% of the species are classified as Data Deficient, as lack of experts, data and funding has made it impossible to evaluate their extinction risk.
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19 Mar 2015 | News story

Little Sydney

“Little Sydney” Conference registration is open

IUCN, along with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), have now opened registration for the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” Conference, the biggest European protected areas event of the year, scheduled to run May 28-31 in Hainburg, Austria. …  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Lake Ohrid Region (16/08/2014)

First Management Planning Workshop to begin for transboundary Lake Ohrid region

 The first management planning workshop in a series of five will take place on 25 and 26 March 2015 in the Korça region, Albania. The workshop is carried out in the framework of the 36-month European Union-funded project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”.
 

19 Mar 2015 | News story

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