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July 2011


Special Feature

North Africa in Focus

The IUCN North Africa Members Forum will take place from 5 to 7 October 2011 in the Hotel Ibis Moussafir in Rabat, Morocco.

Organised by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD in French) in Morocco, the purpose of the Forum is to share with IUCN Members and partners the main activities of the Centre as well as consult on the future IUCN programme for North Africa according to the provisional 2013-2016 IUCN Global Programme in an effort to deliver a programme relevant to the regional concerns and that promotes wider cooperation in the Mediterranean.

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Core support to the activities of the IUCN Mediterranean office is provided by the
Junta de Andalucia, the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino and AECID
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Natural riches of North Africa and the Middle East

An international conservation project has brought together botanists and scientists from the Middle East and North Africa - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia - in an unprecedented bid to secure the future of the region´s wildlife.

More info: marcos.valderrabano@iucn.org

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Oases, key elements to struggle against poverty

IUCN-Med has conducted a study that deals with the governance system of oases, with a focus on Tunisia. It has been financed by UKAid, in the framework "Improvement of Governance of Natural Resources to Reduce Rural Poverty".

The results point out good governance as a key factor to this issue. Good governance involves the establishment of a legal framework that should be consistent and realistic with the management of these resources; the awareness of population in a rational employment of oasis and the improvement and impulse of NGO and local institutions competences to manage properly their natural resources.

More info: marcos.valderrabano@iucn.org

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IUCN-Med call for species experts

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) is calling for voluntary experts to submit their expression of interest to contribute to the Red List assessment of different taxonomic groups in the Mediterranean Region, taking also part in the IUCN project entitled Mediterranean Biodiversity Assessment Phase II Responding to major gaps in knowledge in the Mediterranean region.

IUCN looks for experts for the assessment of the following taxonomic groups in Mediterranean countries: high altitude plants, butterflies, saproxylic beetles and dung beetles.

More info: medspecies@iucn.org

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Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer

More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to a study for the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM on the status of marine fish in the Mediterranean Sea, almost half of the species of sharks and rays (cartilaginous fish) and at least 12 species of bony fish are threatened with extinction due to overfishing, marine habitat degradation and pollution.

More info: medspecies@iucn.org

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A Sea of posidonias

The conservation of seagrass, which makes the Mediterranean Sea such a rich enclave in biodiversity, is essential not only for the conservation of our beaches, but also for marine species conservation.

The inauguration of the first edition of the Festival "Posidonia Seas", which took place the 17 and 18 of June in Nerja (Málaga), got together Andalusia΄s administrations, conservationists, biologists, media, and general public, in a common effort to spread the importance of this submarine forests to maintain a healthy coast.

More info: mariadelmar.otero@iucn.org

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Sustainability indicators for Mediterranean aquaculture

This initiative, which is coordinated by OESA Foundation, takes into account the different raised species and productive systems used, as well as the level of development of aquaculture in each Mediterranean country.

More info: francois.simard@iucn.org

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New collaboration agreements

Conservation of the Mediterranean requires a common approach from different types of communities. Collaboration with all sectors proves therefore to be essential for IUCN-Med to achieve its objectives, which has been promoted via the agreements signed with institutions concerned with conservation in the Mare Nostrum.

More info: antonio.troya@iucn.org

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Fostering the Mediterranean dialogue

As a platform for discussion and the identification of new projects and initiatives, IUCN-Med encourages you to visit our wiki new site on Internet to interact with us and our networks.

You will find there pictures, the words expressed by some of you that attended the IUCN Mediterranean Forum, and plenty of materials to remind us all about Mediterranean biodiversity and its importance for our wellbeing.

We encourage you to submit your own comments and documents, to create your own dialogue threads and help us implement the IUCN Mediterranean programme for sustaining a better use of our natural resources.

More info: chadi.abi@iucn.org

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IUCN-Med receives award for its work

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) has recently received one of the awards to the 10 best ideas to save nature.

RED Life and Cajar Rural del Sur Foundation announce each year the "10 Best Ideas to Save Nature" awards, that is a peculiar Top 10 whose aim is to recognize the effort of people and organizations throughout the year to conserve biodiversity.

More info: antonio.troya@iucn.org

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Staff Changes

Welcome to Maher Mahjoub, who is joining the IUCN-Med office in July as the new IUCN North Africa Programme Officer. Maher has been working for the Tunisian Ministry of Environment for the last ten years. He is also vice president of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas since 2009.

New additions to the team include also the following collaborators: Manuel Argamasilla in the Ecosystem Programme; Luis Toscano García in the Marine Programme; Cecilia Saura Drago in Institutional Relations; Michela Conigliaro, Lucía Pérez Martínez and Violeta Barrios in the Species Programme; Patricia Skviraet in the Finance Department and Álvaro González Montero in Communications.

More info: mohamed.karmass@iucn.org

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In the press

Entrevista con Antonio Troya, Director de UICN-Med

La opinión de Málaga


Entrega de Premios RedLife a UICN-Med

Revista RedLife


La posidonia, en la lista roja de los ecosistemas amenazados

Agencia EFE


Andalucía y Marruecos estrechan lazos ambientales

El País


Un tesoro bajo el mar 

Artículo de Málaga Hoy

Entrevista con Carlos Sánchez Presidente del Comité Español de la UICN 

EFE Verde

El MARM y la UICN-Med colaborarán para mejorar el desarrollo rural y conservar la biodiversidad 

Artículo de Agroinformación

Mediterranean fish threatened with extinction 

Artículo de Aljazeera

Report reveals wild plant hotspots 

Times of Malta

La UICN alerta de la "grave amenaza" que sufren las praderas de posidonia 

La Vanguardia

La Secretaria General del Mar y la organización internacional UICN colaborarán para el desarrollo sostenible de la actividad pesquera 


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