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March 2012


Special Feature

North Africa unites to influence its future

IUCN has brought together the main voices concerned with nature conservation in North Africa at the IUCN North Africa Members Forum in Rabat, Morocco. IUCN members and partners reviewed achievements to date and devised a new programme of work.

The approach is more pragmatic, offers clear nature-based solutions to current environmental challenges and can become a reality even with limited financial resources.

Here you will find the 2nd Draft IUCN North Africa Programme 2013-2016 for consultation. Please send your comments to maher.mahjoub@iucn.org by 15 April 2012.

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Core support to the activities of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation is provided by the
Junta de Andalucia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and AECID in Spain
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Our partners speak

Leading voices from the environmental field were present in Rabat, Morocco, for IUCN North Africa Members Forum. The three-day meeting resulted in a fresh set of priorities for nature for the region.

In this section you will find access to the opinions of main conservation actors in the region, which talk about the pressing issues affecting North Africa.

Watch and listen to the opinions of some of our partners in Morocco:

Brahim Haddane, IUCN Councillor for Africa

Mohammed Ribi, Haut Commissariat des Eaux et Forets of the Kingdom of Morocco

Presentations made at the IUCN North Africa Members Forum were diverse, related to our main areas of work and in line with the IUCN Global Thematic Programme: "One Programme".

We have uploaded the presentations collected during and after the Forum to be accessed HERE through the New IUCN Interact Tool. If you notice that yours is not included, please email it us and we will be happy to update the link.

The conclusions and recommendations from the IUCN North Africa Members Forum can be read HERE.

More info: maher.mahjoub@iucn.org

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A Blue economy for the Mediterranean

Leading policy makers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union gathered to discuss the health of the Mediterranean Sea and the progress that has been made in their efforts to protect the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment at 17th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols that took take place in Paris, France from 8th to 10th February.

The Paris Declaration was adopted, a call on the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for a strategic policy framework for a “blue” economy - a version of the Green Economy applying to seas and oceans, to be adopted at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.

The Action Plan for the Implementation of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean (2012-2019) was also unanimously adopted by the Contracting Parties. The Action Plan identified key priorities, expected major outputs and accomplishments, time frames for their achievement, necessary partnerships to be established and the potential financial resources required for its successful implementation.

More info: antonio.troya@iucn.org

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Capacity building for young communicators in North Africa

Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection in Morocco and the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) have launched the e-learning platform for "Capacity Building of young communication professionals in North Africa ".

In partnership with IUCN-Med, the Mohammed VI Foundation (FM6E) has launched the first training session online for young journalists from North Africa through an e-learning platform.

More info: i.zair@fm6e.org; sonsoles.sanroman@iucn.org

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Biosphere reserves in the Maghreb

The Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) in collaboration with the Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MaB) of UNESCO, and with the support of the Autonomous National Parks Organization (OAPN) from Spain, organized the first regional workshop on "Governance of Biosphere Reserves in North Africa. Situation and Prospects".

This workshop, held from 5 to 8 March 2012 in the Moroccan city of Tangier, was a good opportunity to discuss the conservation status of biosphere reserves in different countries of the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia), and to review challenges and opportunities related to the UNESCO MAB programme.

More info: maher.mahjoub@iucn.org

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Biodiversity and governance in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima National Park is located along the Mediterranean cliffs of Morocco in the unique ecoregion of the Alboran Sea.  The Park hosts a high level of Mediterranean and Atlantic marine biodiversity, a variety of habitats (vertical cliffs, superficial caves, sandy bottoms) and important and vulnerable species, such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus), red corals (Corallium rubrum) and giant limpets (Patella ferruginea).
Morocco is improving its protected areas system, and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was asked to support the Moroccan administration. The first initiative, a project coordinated by IUCN-Med and the Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forets et la Lutte contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD), financed by the Spanish Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales, has now finalised. This project has been carried out in close collaboration with local and international organisations among which SEO/BirdLife which has implemented a complementary project in the Park, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

More info: alain.jeudy@iucn.org

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Welcome to new Members in the Mediterranean

The 78th Meeting of the IUCN Council, held on 15th February 2012, approved the admission of 33 new members to IUCN, 8 located in the Mediterranean region.

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the whole IUCN family welcome new members, and look forward to your active participation.


State Institute for Nature Protection


Agence des Espaces Verts de la région Ile-de-France

Natureparif, Agence des Espaces Verts de la région Ile-de-France


Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority


Association de gestion intégrée des ressources (AGIR)


Formentera Insular Council

Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Fisheries

Mare Terra, Mediterranean Foundation

Ecologist organisation l´Escurco

More info: arantxa.cendoya@iucn.org

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Funding opportunities

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 - 6 - 15 September 2012 - Jeju (Corea)


Mediterranean events

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In the press

Biodiversité à l'épreuve de la gouvernance - Le Matin Maroc

Consultation UICN en Afrique du Nord - Maghress

Forum UICN en Afrique du Nord - Bayane Al Yaoume

La Reserva Transcontinental del Mediterráneo es un "modelo de gestión y cooperación", según la UICN - Europa Press

منتدى جهوي تشاوري للاتحاد الدولي لحماية الطبيعة(IUCN) بالرباط - Journal Almaghribia

Andalucia y la UICN renuevan su colaboración en proyectos ambientales - Agroinformación

Un comité marroquí UICN para la protección de la Biodiversidad - Middle East Online

تعزيز التنوع البيلوجي: تأسيس اللجنة المغربية للاتحاد الدولي لحماية الطبيعة - Global Arab Network

Estudian en Rabat un programa medioambiental común para el sur del Mediterráneo - ABC

Forum UICN Afrique du Nord - Maroc Environnement

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