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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

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Pacific leaders meet to share and inspire

Leaders from the Pacific region joined together in the third consecutive Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition (GGLC) Retreat in Pacific Harbour from April 19-22. The Retreat was hosted and facilitated by IUCN Oceania, with the support of the Australian Government through its Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).   

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

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

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