The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

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

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

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

IUCN Director General at EU Informal Environment Council, 22 July 2015, Luxembourg

IUCN Director General addresses EU Environment Ministers

IUCN and the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, jointly hosted a lunch with all Heads of Delegation at the Informal Meeting of EU Environment Ministers on 22 July 2015 in Luxembourg. …  

27 Jul 2015 | News story


IUCN’s bumblebee campaign – what’s all the buzz about?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently around IUCN. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has launched a new campaign – this time to benefit bumblebees. In Europe, there are 68 species of bumblebee, of which a whopping 24% are threatened with extinction. This is alarming as bumblebees are critical in protecting our food security through the pollination of crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and other fruits and vegetables. …  

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Presentation at 2015 Communications Summit in Brussels #ECS2015

Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world

By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or better, to have an impact and instigate change? …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

Zamir Dedej, Director of the National Agency for Protected Areas in Albania and Zoran Mrdak, Director of National Parks of Montenegro.

Increased cooperation of protected areas between Albania and Montenegro

With the aim of improving the mutual collaboration in protected areas between Albania and Montenegro, the Directors of protected areas agencies in both countries met to discuss about the basic values and ways of managing protected areas and improving their teamwork on issues of conservation and development of these regions.   …  

11 Jul 2015 | News story

Elephant Ivory

The European Union becomes a party to CITES

The European Union joined the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on 8 July 2015. The Convention – which was launched in 1975 as an international agreement – ensures that the trade of more than 35,000 species of animals and plants is conducted in a legal and sustainable manner. 

09 Jul 2015 | News story

Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russia

Sinyaya area added to Russia’s Lena Pillars World Heritage site

The World Heritage listed Lena Pillars Nature Park in the Russian Federation has been increased by 9% after the World Heritage Committee followed IUCN’s recommendation to approve a change in the site’s boundaries. …  

06 Jul 2015 | News story

European Regional Office