Kayanza tea plantation, Burundi

Europe’s civil society asks for action on the Sustainable Development Goals

A broad coalition of environmental, social and development organisations urges the European Commission to take action on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations, this Agenda spells out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to reach a sustainable world by 2030, in terms of people, planet and prosperity. …  

10 Feb 2016 | News story

Birdlife Europe, Nature Alert

European Parliament calls for tougher measures in the EU's Biodiversity Strategy

Brussels, 2 February 2016 - The chance that Europe’s Nature Directives will be revised, has slimmed further. With an impressive majority, today’s plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted its own report on the EU Mid-Term Review of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. The European Parliament calls upon the Commission and the EU Member States to fully implement the Habitats and Birds Directives, restore ecosystems and promote Nature Based Solutions, in order to halt the ongoing loss of biodiversity in Europe by 2020.

02 Feb 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Massif de l'Ennedi, Chad

Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016

IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the official Advisory Body on natural World Heritage, IUCN will issue its recommendations six weeks before UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 10 to 20 July 2016. …  

06 Jan 2016 | News story

Participants at RCF in Helsinki, 2015

European IUCN members define future priorities for joint action towards 2020

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum 2015, which concluded this week in Helsinki, and was attended by IUCN members and experts from across Europe, North and Central Asia has identified key opportunities for the Union to strengthen its impact on halting biodiversity loss and enhancing nature conservation. The Forum also presented a timely opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe, and the ramifications of the Paris Climate Agreement. …  

18 Dec 2015 | News story

IUCN Regional Conservation Forum 2015 in Helsinki, Finland

Regional Work Plan for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in focus at the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum

As part of IUCN’s ‘One Programme’ approach, discussions on IUCN’s Regional Work Plan for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and how it can contribute to IUCN’s global programme was held in Helsinki.  …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki

IUCN Regional Conservation Forum calls for stronger biodiversity action and nature based solutions in Europe

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum 2015 started today with a high-level opening session, sending a strong signal for nature conservation in Europe and North and Central Asia. The Forum is organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN, the leading global voice on nature conservation. From 14-16 December in Helsinki, more than 250 participants from 41 countries in Europe, North and Central Asia will come together to forge solutions to the region’s pressing environmental challenges.  

14 Dec 2015 | News story

WEH Meeting in Paris 4 Dec, 2015

World Environmental Hubs, a new partnership with subnational governments

The World Environmental Hubs is a global initiative led by IUCN and the Jeju Government to establish a system for evaluating and certifying cities and regions which place environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and ecosystem services at the heart of urban and regional development. Based on a resolution adopted at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju in 2012, it aims to help subnational governments embrace nature based solutions as a way of tackling global challenges such as climate change and provide them with a platform for knowledge exchange and learning.   …  

08 Dec 2015 | News story

Nature-based solutions to climate change panel at COP21

EU Potential for nature-based solutions highlighted at COP21

Ecosystem services are an effective way in which to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve and expand carbon sinks. The nature-based solutions (NBS) that result from harnessing these services can support the mitigation of heat waves, floods and droughts caused by climate change. …  

06 Dec 2015 | News story

The Cerknica depression in Slovenia normally dries out from the lower part upwards, depending on various factors, but climate change has modified and speeded up the rate at at which these sinkholes dry up.

Nature-based solutions for climate resilience – an EU perspective

On 4 December at the COP21 in Paris, IUCN will be hosting a session to discuss European approaches to implementing nature-based solutions as an effective tool to address both climate change mitigation and adaptation. …  

01 Dec 2015 | News story

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