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Europe, North and Central Asia include two programmatic IUCN regions: Firstly, the European Region (EURO), which includes the EU member states and the West European Statutory Region of IUCN, and secondly, the Eastern Europe and Northern/Central Asian Region (ECARO).

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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

Fishing boat, New Caledonia

Launch of the second Small Grant call for proposals for EU's Overseas Countries and Territories stakeholders

Sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.  …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article

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Report finds wildlife populations down 50% in the past 40 years - a call for action

Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels, reflects on the 10th Living Planet Report, which made global headlines amidst news of war and economic crises....

 

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