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Europe, North and Central Asia include two programmatic IUCN regions: Firstly, the European Region (EURO), which includes the EU member states and the West European Statutory Region of IUCN, and secondly, the Eastern Europe and Northern/Central Asian Region (ECARO).

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Lake Ohrid

Improving safeguarding of Lake Ohrid region

The second Transboundary Platform Meeting of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region” was held in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As part of total of six meetings, it intend to improve and facilitate bi-lateral cooperation between representatives from both Albanian and Macedonian local and central administrations, the tourism sector, and those in charge of urban and rural development, culture, nature protection, resource management and the environment.  …  

02 Oct 2015 | News story

The Tamis River Valley, Serbia

Nature-Based Solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction in South-Eastern Europe

A workshop on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction was held on 29 and 30 September 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Council of Europe, Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia and Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR).   …  

01 Oct 2015 | News story

The future of water: what SDG will be set for the post2015 development agenda

Sustainable Development Agenda adopted at UN Summit

2015 marks the final target year for the Millennium Development Goals, so it’s good news that before these goals ‘expired’, the follow-up 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York on 25-27 September, setting 17 new goals for the period up to 2030. These new goals are designed to be ‘universal’ in scope, applicable to both developed and developing countries. …  

29 Sep 2015 | News story

Luc Bas discusses climate change at Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Tackling the EU ecological overshoot – On the Road to Paris

Earth Overshoot Day is an opportunity to take stock of our global use of natural resources – the annual day on which we have exhausted the resources that our land and oceans can renew in one year’s time. In 2015, this date was August 13. Last year, it was August 19. In the year 2000, it was in early October. Our continued overconsumption is evident as the date creeps earlier into the calendar year, signaling increasing risk for ecosystem degradation and eventual collapse. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Inger Andersen speaks with Director Luc Bas and guests at the European Regional Office

IUCN has key role to play in Europe, says Director General

The rain subsided and the sun crept through the clouds just in time for the opening of IUCN’s annual Garden Party on 7 September. Hosted by IUCN’s European Regional office, it was an opportunity for IUCN and the European environmental community at large to welcome IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen, to Brussels. It was a chance for many to meet the DG in an informal setting and exchange on EU environmental policy. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

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Earth Overshoot Day 2015 - The Road to Paris

22 September, 10.30-12.30, at the European Parliament. Opening address delivered by Commissioner Arias Cañete.

Toolkit for Creating and Managing an IUCN National Committee in Europe
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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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