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12 packages ready for the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism catalogue

 Twelve ecotourism packages are ready to be part of the Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) catalogue according to the evaluation of an experts meeting held in Malaga at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation premises on 8-9 July, to discuss ecotourism principles and minimum criteria for inclusion of packages in the final MEET Catalogue. Fifteen protected areas in 5 countries will be the first ones to be tested by selected outbound tour operators (especially from North America, Canada, Australia and UK) in a round of familiarization trips that will be organised next September to November. …  

31 Jul 2015 | News story

Wadi Al-Hitan (Egypt)

Three North African natural World Heritage sites assessed as ‘under concern’ by last IUCN report

TABE’A II report is an update of the 2011 TABE’A report prepared by the TABEA Programme. Its main objective is to assist state parties in the Arab Region to enhance their performance in the World Heritage convention (1972). TABE'A II is tracking the conservation status of natural World Heritage sites in the Arab region and has recently been released in the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany. It is noteworthy to mention that the first TABE’A report was a pilot report of IUCN Conservation outlook assessment. Since the first report, the recent conservation outlook assessments have more information; therefore the resulting assessments are more accurate. This report included an update of the conservation status of all natural and mixed world heritage sites in the Arab Region, from which three are located in North Africa: Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) and Tassili n’Ajjer National Park (Algeria) exhibit some concern in regard to conservation status, while the conservation outlook of Wadi Al-Hilan (whale Valley, Egypt) is good.  …  

24 Jul 2015 | News story

Posidonia oceanica

Spain renews support to IUCN in the Mediterranean

 The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) together with the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Andalusian regional government (CMAOT) in Spain have renewed their commitment to support the activities of the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN-Med). The new addendum signed by the four parties will extend the General Protocol of Cooperation initially formalized in 2010, whose objective is to promote conservation and sustainable development of the Mediterranean hotspot.  | Spanish

23 Jul 2015 | News story


Fagonia Garden in Egypt.

Egypt will host the IUCN North Africa Conservation Forum, 4-6 October 2015, Cairo (Egypt)

Egypt will be hosting the upcoming IUCN North Africa Conservation Forum which will be held in Cairo from 4 to 6 October 2015. The event will be organized jointly by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the Arab Office for Youth and Environment (AOYE), IUCN members NGO in Egypt.  …  

07 Jul 2015 | Event

Black Coral in the Mediterranean Seabed

Marseilles (France) will host the Mediterranean Deep Sea Ecosystems meeting, on 9 – 10 September 2015

This first meeting will be an occasion for participant organizations to assess the information currently available on deep sea environments and to discuss collaboration opportunities and possible measures that can be taken to gather and obtain additional data to better manage these vulnerable ecosystems. …  

07 Jul 2015 | Event

The Palatia bay at Saria

Review and Discussion of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development, Marrakesh, 9 – 11 June 2015

The 16th Edition of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) is currently held from 9 to 11 June 2015 in Marrakesh (Morocco). This event is hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco in collaboration with the Secretariat to Barcelona Convention/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and Plan Bleu. …  

10 Jun 2015 | Event

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