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IUCN’s Europe, North and Central Asia region covers two statutory regions, West Europe, and East Europe, North and Central Asia; including 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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Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: From Deforestation to Forest Restoration

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: From Deforestation to Forest Restoration

Deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is also strongly linked to development issues, as healthy forests are vital in the fight against poverty. Forest and landscape restoration initiatives offer significant benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and are also an efficient means of generating income for local communities, improving rural livelihoods and preserving cultural traditions. They provide solutions to balancing conflicting land use interests in forest areas and can reconcile environmental concerns with economic development. …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Chantal van Ham

Cities, People, Business and Nature: In Search of Innovative Models of Engagement

Originally submitted by Chantal van Ham for the Nature of Cities blog.

Seek the silent places where no jarring sound is heard
and nothing breaks the stillness but the singing of a bird.
Nature tells her secrets not to those who hurry by,
but to those who walk with quiet heart and seeing eye.
—Chinese proverb


15 Jun 2015 | Article

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The first newsletter of the European Union’s (EU) BEST Initiative is available!

EU Overseas entities host most of the EU’s biodiversity and give it the largest marine territory in the world. Preserving their species and ecosystems is key to sustaining economies well beyond regional boundaries and to meet conservation targets at national, European and international levels. Read more in BEST newsletter!  …  

11 Jun 2015 | Article

Nature+ climate: Nature-based solutions to climate change

Minimising the impact of economic activities on nature and protected areas

The private sector has a fundamental role to play in mitigating the effects of our economic activities on the environment. While the corporate impact on the depletion of Europe’s natural capital remains substantial, there are a number of positive examples from both SMEs and large multinationals from a variety of sectors that deploy innovative technologies and create best practices to lessen their footprint on the environment, and help reach the EU’s Biodiversity Targets. Some such approaches by progressive businesses include Natural Capital Accounting, Green Infrastructure, and restoration of degraded landscapes. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

WCC 2016

Call for Contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 now open

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will bring together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

If you want to be part of the 2016 Congress and host an event during the Forum, the Call for Contributions is your opportunity to seize! You have from now until 15 October 2015 to submit your proposal!   …   | Spanish

09 Jun 2015 | Article

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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 made global headlines amidst news of war and economic crises....



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