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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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Workshop participants - "Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region" project

Engaging local communities in the nomination of World Heritage properties

Local stakeholders in Albania help identify and assess the natural and cultural heritage of the transboundary Lake Ohrid region in the preparation of a nomination to extend to Albania the existing mixed World Heritage property “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region.”   …  

22 Aug 2015 | News story

Underground in La Malogne, with (L) fellow evaluator Aniello Aloia, and representatives of the candidature.

Europe leading the way on World Heritage and nature conservation performance

By Tim Badman, Director – World Heritage Programme, IUCN …  

06 Aug 2015 | Article

Stadtwildnis Schöneberger Südgelände

Demonstrating the Value of Nature for Cities

While all economic value is ultimately derived from nature, it is unaccounted for in our economic system. Healthy ecosystems form the backbone of a sustainable future and their protection and restoration are essential, not only for a thriving economy, but for safe, resilient and livable cities. On 2 July, IUCN, in cooperation with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability hosted a webinar, as part of the URBIS – Urban Biosphere Initiative Dialogue series, on “reconciling economic development and attracting investment for urban green solutions in and around cities”. The session focused on identifying policies and incentives for using natural solutions to tackle socio-economic and environmental challenges in urban areas. The webinar was part of the URBIS initiative - a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. …  

06 Aug 2015 | News story

Barcelona Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan 2020

Nature cools when things heat up

Lisa Loft, Communications and Nature Based Solutions Intern at IUCN's European Regional Office in Brussels talks about the importance of using green spaces in cities to reduce the impact of the urban heat island effect.

04 Aug 2015 | Article

Buna River, Albania

A step forward in protection of nature in Albania

High number of Hydropower Plants (HPPs) in Albania adversely affects natural ecosystems, including protected areas, especially national parks. But the construction of the new HPPs in the protected areas will be stopped when the new law comes into force. Currently the law is in the initial planning process phase.   …  

03 Aug 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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