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The American red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a freshwater turtle usually sold as a pet, and now introduced in several European countries where it represents an ecological threat for the indigenous fauna and flora.

European Parliament adopts legislation to tackle invasive alien species at EU level

The European Parliament today adopted legislative plans to prevent the introduction and manage the spread in the EU of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage. The legislation, which is already informally agreed with EU ministers, aims to tackle the threat through better, more coordinated action by member states, and provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”. …  

16 Apr 2014 | News story

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IUCN calls for strengthening international cooperation to tackle wildlife crime

Wildlife crime, including poaching, illegal harvesting and other illegal cross-border trade in biological resources taken from the wild, has reached worrying levels and become a serious transnationally organised criminal business, now representing the fourth largest illegal activity in the world after drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking. This can have potentially disastrous implications for the conservation of the trafficked species. …  

11 Apr 2014 | News story

Inaugural session of the regional workshop to identify EBSAs in the Mediterranean.

How to protect Mediterranean marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

The need to increase protection for oceans is urgent, not only to fulfill international commitments, but to alleviate the increasing degradation of marine ecosystems. To this end, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Mediterranean Action Plan – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-MAP) have organised, from 7-11 April in Malaga (Spain), a Mediterranean regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). …   | French | Spanish

07 Apr 2014 | News story

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A new spring for bees

A high-level conference at the European Parliament on 2 April 2014 as part of the third European Week of Bees and Pollinators once again highlighted the urgency for action to halt population declines and the loss of bee diversity.  …  

07 Apr 2014 | News story

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New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation took place during the workshop on Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas held in Cadaqués (Spain), organised by the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalunya, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the MAVA Foundation. …   | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture

Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

02 Apr 2014 | International news release

Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry

Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding

The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today. …  

31 Mar 2014 | International news release

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Service procurement notice

Towards strengthened conservation planning in SEE: Conservation Planning/Capacity Building Expert …  

21 Mar 2014 | Jobs - call for proposals

Red List of Birds of Croatia

Celebrating a new Red Book in Croatia

The State Institute for Nature Protection of Croatia and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts have launched two bird conservation publications of great importance, the Red Book of Birds of Croatia and the Croatian Bird Migration Atlas. On this occasion, all the so far published Red lists and Red data books of Croatia were exhibited, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

12 Mar 2014 | News story
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Working together for the Mediterranean: IUCN signs MoU with the Italian Ministry of Environment and Federparchi

The Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, the Italian Federation of Parks and Natural Reserves (Federparchi), and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to identify and carry out specific collaborative projects and activities.  …   | Italian

12 Mar 2014 | News story

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