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URBIS Dialogue - Overcoming the Nature versus Urban Divide

Protected Areas in and around cities offer many benefits to citizens by providing vital ecosystem services such as supplying and storing clean water, reducing air pollution and moderating the urban heat island effect, fostering biodiversity and supporting the local economy. Yet even though there are clear linkages between natural areas and human well-being, nature continues to be treated as a separate entity rather than the foundation of our entire socio-economic system.  Greater collaboration between policy-makers, local communities, urban planners and other stakeholders is needed in order to ensure the continued protection of natural areas, particularly in the face of growing threats such as urban sprawl and pollution, for the benefit of citizens around the world. …  

18 May 2016 | News story

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Italian Cooperation for Albania’s sustainable future

Albania, a developing country undergoing major reforms, has detected the need for institutional support for the creation of an efficient network of protected areas, among other priorities. Responding to this call, the Italian Cooperation initiated a series of conservation projects in the country, partnering with IUCN and several national organizations. In order to assess the results achieved in this field the international conference was held end of April in Rome, titled ‘Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Albania’, in collaboration with the La Sapienza University of Rome.  …  

11 May 2016 | News story

Global Goals

BRICS states respond to global environmental challenges

The First Environmental Working Group Meeting of the BRICS States took place in April in St Petersburg, Russia, addressing urgent environmental issues. The discussion on water resources ecology resulted in the adoption of the "Clean Rivers of BRICS" programme. The ‘BRICS Green Technology Platform’ will be launched aiming to bridge the efforts of the public and private sectors to address the environmental challenges.  …  

05 May 2016 | News story

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

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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

First High Level Ministerial Panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe

Focusing on climate change and environment in SEE

The participants of the first high level ministerial panel on Responding to Climate and Environmental Challenges in South East Europe (SEE) discussed policy responses to climate change and environmental challenges in South-East Europe and reviewed the state of ongoing regional cooperation in this field. …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

IUCN

l'UICN accueille 22 nouveaux Membres

 Le Conseil de l’UICN a admis 22 nouveaux Membres. L'Union compte désormais un total de 1351 Membres, le nombre le plus élevé à ce jour.   | English | Spanish

15 Apr 2016 | News story

BRIDGE workshop participants at Koblenz

Staff from IUCN BRIDGE project visit International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

In the German city of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle, the IUCN BRIDGE team conducted a field study to the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine. …  

14 Apr 2016 | News story

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