Europe

The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham launching the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign

International sporting personalities United for Wildlife

Global sports personalities came together in London yesterday to sign up to the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign, which seeks to mobilise support amongst younger generations for the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. Sportspeople already signed up as Ambassadors of the campaign include David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Rahul Dravid, Samuel Eto’o, Yao Ming and Francois Pienaar. …  

09 Jun 2014 | News story

Nets

Conservation without Borders in the Alboran Sea

Al Hoceima has been the meeting place of more than 30 fishermen coming from the two sides of the Alboran Sea, who gathered between the 31st of May and the 1st of June for a workshop about traditional fishing. This meeting was promoted by the IUCN center for Mediterranean Cooperation in the framework of its POCTEFEX-Alboran project, in collaboration with the IUCN member association AGIR and the Rif Siglo XXI association. …   | French | Spanish

06 Jun 2014 | News story

Green Week 2014 poster

Using nature’s solutions in a circular economy

A circular economy is the logical solution for a resource-constrained world, inspired by nature as a perfectly circular system. In this system, nothing is wasted, the re-use of products becomes standard practice, and sustainability is built into the fabric of society. Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste is the theme of the 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, taking place from 3-5 June in Brussels. …  

05 Jun 2014 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Nature's A-list to debate a sustainable future for the planet

Internationally recognized experts, politicians, CEOs, activists and indigenous leaders will be at the forefront of a series of public debates during the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place this November in Sydney, Australia. …   | French

05 Jun 2014 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

On the frontline – helping island states face up to climate change

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are at the forefront of climate change — they’re the first to feel the impacts and are among those taking the lead in tackling this ever-growing threat. …  

05 Jun 2014 | News story

the URBES Project

Nature’s contribution to urban resilience

Cities are in the front line of climate change. Last week, the city of Bonn welcomed the participants of the Resilient Cities Conference 2014, for the 5th Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation organized by ICLEI. This annual get-together of scientists, governments, cities, business and NGOs, is the place for a lively exchange on the latest scientific findings and action areas relevant to addressing climate change at the local level. …  

02 Jun 2014 | News story

Forest Communication Network

Forest Communicators of the Mediterranean have their own network

Rabat, 13-15 May 2014 - Rabat hosted the first Mediterranean Forest Communicators workshop on 13-15 May 2014 where more than 25 experts, administration’s representants and journalists from 10 different countries gathered in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. …   | French

29 May 2014 | News story

Virunga documentary director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara at Docville International Documentary Film Festival in Leuven (Belgium)

Virunga documentary wins award at European premiere

“Virunga” is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten. The documentary film grips the local and international public with the development perspective of sustainable solutions for the war-torn eastern part of DR Congo. …  

28 May 2014 | News story

Azerbaijan

IUCN welcomes the Republic of Azerbaijan as new State Member

The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan has officially announced its decision to join IUCN and has designated the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

26 May 2014 | News story

Janez Potočnik, EU Environment Commissioner;  Pavan Sukhdev, TEEB study leader; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General IUCN, at EU MAES conference, 22 May 2014, Brussels

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services crucial for meeting biodiversity goals

The EU’s Biodiversity Strategy has tasked Member States to carry out an exercise to map and assess the state of ecosystems and the services they provide in their national territories by 2014. This exercise is of essential importance to provide comprehensive information on the status of ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe, as it will help devise adequate environmental legislation, and integrate biodiversity objectives into sectors such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries. …  

26 May 2014 | News story

European Regional Office