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Second Management Planning “Visioning” Workshop for transboundary Lake Ohrid region

The Second Management Planning workshop took place on 3 and 4 June 2015 at the Regional Centre for Restoration (IMK) in Tirana, Albania. The workshop was organized in the framework of the project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region”, a three-year initiative of the European Union and UNESCO to reinforce the protection and sustainable development of the Lake Ohrid region.   …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Despite conservation successes, 13% of European birds still at risk of extinction

The new European Red List of Birds, published today and produced by the European Commission and BirdLife International, reveals that 13% of European bird species are threatened with extinction, largely due to habitat loss and degradation and climate change. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

IUCN issues second round of recommendations on natural World Heritage

IUCN’s recommendations to the World Heritage Committee are now all available online, following a second release of reports on 29 May. IUCN recommends ‘in danger’ status for Brazil’s Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks. IUCN also recommends changes to Russia’s Lena Pillars Nature Park’s boundaries. …   | French | Spanish

29 May 2015 | News story

Except - Integrated Sustainability San Francisco

The benefits of nature for health and wellbeing of urban citizens

We need nature in our lives. There is a growing body of research outlining nature’s positive influence on health and well-being. Regular contact with nature has been found to reduce stress levels, increase concentration, stimulate exercise, promote social cohesion, and help to treat diseases and disorders. These positive influences on mental and physical well-being in turn lead to substantial economic benefits, by increasing economic productivity and reducing health-care costs. …  

26 May 2015 | News story

Artemisia granatensis

Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2% threatened with extinction – IUCN report

The IUCN European Red List of Medicinal Plants provides, for the first time, information on the status of all major medicinal plants native to Europe. This assessment includes 400 vascular plants, including trees, aquatic plants and epiphytes, which occupy a wide range of habitats. These plants include common and widely-used species such as Arnica (Arnica montana), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris). …  

26 May 2015 | News story

IUCN, WLCF 2015, Inger Andersen

IUCN Director General to attend the first World Leaders´ Conservation Forum

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen will join international efforts to seek creative nature-based solutions to global environmental challenges by addressing the World Leaders´ Conservation Forum (WLCF) which takes place on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 to 9 July.
 

23 May 2015 | News story

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and IUCN Director General Inger Andersen

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge leads wildlife talks at IUCN

IUCN was deeply honoured to host His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge as he convened a meeting of United for Wildlife (UfW) at IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, on Monday 18 May to discuss global cooperation in tackling the illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife is a collaboration led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in conjunction with seven partner conservation organisations, including IUCN, all joining forces to tackle wildlife crime. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

Wolf (Canis lupus)

EU State of Nature Report points to continued loss of biodiversity, but success of Natura 2000

The State of Nature in the EU report, released by the European Environment Agency, shows that few species and habitats have a favourable conservation status in the EU and that progress towards the 2020 biodiversity strategy targets has not been substantial since the last assessment. Nevertheless, it also demonstrates that species and habitats with favourable status trends have benefited greatly from protection through the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, which now covers 18% of the EU’s land and 4% of marine waters. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

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