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IUCN’s European region covers the European continent, North and Central Asia and includes the overseas entities of European Union countries. Representing one third of the global membership, this is IUCN’s largest programmatic region.

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“Influence, encourage and assist societies in Europe to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

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European Green Belt Association established

Held in late September, the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference marked a milestone for future cooperation: a legal body in charge of the Initiative’s coordination was established. Transboundary management of protected areas, ecosystem services and nature tourism will be some of its regional priorities. …  

19 Oct 2014 | News story

Lake Ohrid

Supporting Effective Management of Lake Ohrid

The Inception Workshop for the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region” was held on 15-16 September in Pogradec, Albania, marking the beginning of a three-year project aimed at reinforcing the protection and effective management of the Lake Ohrid region.  …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story

ENCA meeting

Working at the landscape scale

Landscape Scale Planning and Management was the hot topic at European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) Plenary meeting hosted by Natural England last days of September. …  

06 Oct 2014 | News story

Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels

Report finds wildlife populations down 50% in the past 40 years – a call for action

Luc Bas, Director of IUCN Brussels, reflects on the 10th Living Planet Report, which when released a few days ago, quickly made global headlines amidst news of war and economic crises that often overshadow environmental issues. Shocking statistics that more than half of global vertebrate species populations have declined in just 40 years force us to reflect on how we let this happen and what we can now really do to halt the decline. The data, provided by the WWF's Living Planet Index and the Global Footprint Network, concludes that terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species have declined by 39%, 76% and 39% respectively. The study prominently used data from the IUCN Red List, which has been instrumental to the knowledge base of biodiversity conservation worldwide for the past 50 years. …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

Pierre-Yves Cousteau at the NBS event

Nature-based solutions offer great untapped potential for sustainable development and prosperity

Europe is facing growing challenges in terms of climate change, increasing urbanisation, natural resource degradation, and biodiversity loss. At the same time, the lingering effects of the economic crisis have placed job creation at the centre of EU and national political agendas. In light of these challenges, there is a clear need to demonstrate how nature can be a key driver in stimulating jobs, investment and innovation, as well as preserving natural resources and biodiversity. …  

03 Oct 2014 | News story

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