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Green Infrastructure: Stakeholders call for scaling up implementation and investments

“We need to forge a new partnership with Nature,” were the opening words by EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella at his intervention at the Green Infrastructure conference in Brussels, and he then launched into praising the benefits of investing in green infrastructure projects. …  

13 May 2015 | News story

Luc Bas and Commissioner Vella at European Business Summit 2015

A role for nature based solutions in the EU Circular Economy package ?

Europe is resource-poor, and businesses, policy-makers and citizens are increasingly aware of wasteful consumption and production patterns, as well as the continuing destruction of the continent’s natural capital. The ‘circular economy’, a system in which nothing goes to waste but is fed back as a valuable resource into a closed loop, would not only have considerable environmental benefits, but would also give Europe a competitive edge, inspiring new economic development and job creation. …  

08 May 2015 | News story

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Applications open for European RiverPrize 2015

The International RiverFoundation is now calling for applications for the 2015 IRF European Riverprize - Europe’s most esteemed award for the restoration, protection or sustainable management of rivers and wetlands across the continent. …  

05 May 2015 | News story

Bumblebee

Launch of European Red List of Bees: Fostering bee-friendly agricultural practices

The recent release of the European Red List of Bees had found that 9.2% of Europe’s 1,965 wild bee species were threatened with extinction. This trend affects a broad variety of stakeholders, given the bee’s key role in the pollination of crops and wild flowers, which is essential to society and agriculture. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Signing of the memorandum of understanding between Mr. Gino Van Begin, ICLEI’s Secretary General and Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, IUCN’s President during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress

IUCN and ICLEI to collaborate on supporting local sustainable development and nature protection

IUCN and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability – have committed to strengthening their global cooperation on sustainable development, with special emphasis on the integration of natural capital in urban and regional planning, and the implementation of nature based solutions. The two organisations signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect on 12 April 2015, during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Leaders for Nature

IUCN Leaders for Nature – Developing tangible ideas for greener cities

Leaders for Nature is the IUCN Netherlands’ business engagement network of twenty multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together to green the economy. Its annual forum brings together private sector, government and civil society stakeholders to identify ways of integrating natural capital into business management and practices. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story

Landscape

Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

Terre Sauvage, SOS- Save Our Species, Fabien Chenel, Nature Image Awards, IUCN

Getting Outdoors in Paris with the Terre Sauvage Nature Image Awards Exhibition

The city of light just got a bit more colourful with the recent launch of the Terre Sauvage Melvita Nature Images Awards 2014 in association with IUCN and SOS - Save Our Species.   …  

10 Apr 2015 | News story

Lynda Mansson, DG of MAVA, launching the IUCN World Heritage Outlook

IUCN’s work on World Heritage gets renewed support from MAVA Foundation

The MAVA Foundation and IUCN have signed an agreement to continue their partnership on World Heritage through a new phase of work to be implemented over the next four years. The new project, ‘A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage’, supports the work of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme and builds on the 2010-2014 Agenda for Nature, which made possible key advancements in World Heritage conservation. …  

08 Apr 2015 | News story

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