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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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“Influence, encourage and assist societies in Europe to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

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Five protected areas to see before you die

From a wetland in Albania to a bird dropping biodiversity paradise in deepest Peru, GPAP lifts the lid on five of the best kept protected area secrets on the planet.  …  

28 May 2015 | Article

Luc Bas, Director, EU Representative Office

Editorial by Luc Bas, IUCN EU Newsletter May 2015

Each year, the European Commission recognizes protected areas in Europe that have gone the extra mile for nature conservation with the prestigious Natura 2000 Awards. The awards recognize excellence of the management of protected areas in five categories: Communication, Socio-economic benefits, Conservation, Reconciling interests/perceptions and Cross-border cooperation and networking. These categories themselves highlight the different elements involved in successfully managing protected areas in Europe – and this can yield incredible results, beyond just the beauty of a pristine natural area. …  

27 May 2015 | Article


Socioeconomic expert vacancy

Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region.  …  

27 May 2015 | Job vacancy

Except - Integrated Sustainability San Francisco

The benefits of nature for health and wellbeing of urban citizens

We need nature in our lives. There is a growing body of research outlining nature’s positive influence on health and well-being. Regular contact with nature has been found to reduce stress levels, increase concentration, stimulate exercise, promote social cohesion, and help to treat diseases and disorders. These positive influences on mental and physical well-being in turn lead to substantial economic benefits, by increasing economic productivity and reducing health-care costs. …  

26 May 2015 | News story

Artemisia granatensis

Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2 percent threatened with extinction – IUCN report

The IUCN European Red List of Medicinal Plants provides, for the first time, information on the status of all major medicinal plants native to Europe. This assessment includes 400 vascular plants, including trees, aquatic plants and epiphytes, which occupy a wide range of habitats. These plants include common and widely-used species such as Arnica (Arnica montana), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris). …  

26 May 2015 | News story

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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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