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July 2012


Special Feature

Swimming across the Mediterranean and the Black Seas

The new report by experts on the status of the Mediterranean porpoises, dolphins and whales is now available. It shows for the first time the regional status for those cetacean species resident in the Mediterranean Sea, presenting a more endangered status as compared with their global standing.

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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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A look into environmental journalism in North Africa

Journalists working in the domain of the environment in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia met in Rabat on the 29 amd 30 June 2012 to discuss and analyze their training needs and networking in the region.

More info: sonsoles.sanroman@iucn.org

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Capacity building needs towards Aichi targets in North Africa and West Asia

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized last April in Dubai a Sub-regional workshop for West Asia and North Africa on capacity building for the implementation of the Programme of work on Protected Areas.

More info: maher.mahjoub@iucn.org

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IUCN-Med at the World Conservation Congress

The IUCN Spanish National Committee and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation organized, on 7 June in Madrid, a joint meeting with the Spanish Association of Environmental Journalists (APIA) to discuss major aspects of the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, 6 -15 September 2012 in Jeju (Republic of Korea). A cooperation agreement between IUCN-Med and the Spanish National Committee was signed on this occasion.

More info: lourdes.lazaro@iucn.org

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Action plans for threatened species in the Maghreb

The kick-off meeting for the project on "Development and implementation of species action plans in Mediterranean countries: improving capacity management for conservation of endangered species in North Africa" took place on 12 June in Algiers (Algeria).

More info: medspecies@iucn.org

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Arab Maghreb Union and IUCN ally for biodiversity conservation

The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agreed in May to sign a cooperation agreement to support joint efforts for biodiversity conservation in North Africa.

More info: maher.mahjoub@iucn.org

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Turn on your green light, for the benefit of us all

Malaga celebrated the World Environmental Day, 5 June, with a programme of activities to raise awareness among children and youth on the need to protect our environment. The initiative was promoted by the City Council of Malaga, IUCN Member, in collaboration with the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Malaga.

More info: cecilia.saura@iucn.org

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Music, workshops and exhibitions to raise awareness on Posidonia values

May and June have been months of intensive raising awareness activities as part of the LIFE+ European programme for the conservation of Posidonia oceanica in Andalusia in which the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med), as a project partner, plays an important role.

More info: mariadelmar.otero@iucn.org

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Mobilizing local partners for Eco-tourism in Tunisia

As part of a project led by IUCN-Med and funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), a 2nd field visit took place in Tunisia during the last week of March for the establishment of an eco-tourism plan in two pilot protected areas in North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia).

More info: carla.danelutti@iucn.org

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Funding Opportunities

LIFE+ 2012 

The sixth LIFE+ call for proposals was published in the Official Journal (2012/C 74/08) on 13 March 2012. The deadline for applicants to submit proposals to Member State authorities is 26/09/2012.

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•  IUCN World Conservation Congress, 6-15 September 2012, Jeju, Corea.  The IUCN Congress is considered the world's leading environmental summit, as it is the only global event that represents all aspects of nature conservation. Over 10 days, participants will debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.


• The Ninth International Training Workshop on Integrated Coastal Management in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (MEDCOAST Institute 2012), Dalyan-Aegean Coast-Dalyan, Turkey, from 25 September until 11 October 2012.

This is a flagship event organised by the MEDCOAST Foundation since 1994, probably being the longest running effort for international ICM training. This 17-day long unique workshop offers an opportunity for hands-on training on the latest ICM developments in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and includes a study tour along the southern Turkish Aegean coast for seven days on traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats (gulets). 


 The 2012 Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean (MedPAN). 25-28 November 2012, Antalya, Turkey


 Training Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructure and Atlas, organised by VLIZ and Pablo Olavide University in Oostende, Belgium from 22 to 25 October 2012


• International Conference on "Land-Sea Interactions in the Coastal Zone", Byblos, Lebanon, 6-8 November 2012


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In the press

Las tortugas marinas y la foca del Mediterráneo, en alto peligro - La Vanguardia


Expertos alertan de que los cetáceos que habitan en el Mar Mediterráneo presentan un mayor grado de peligro de extinción - Telecinco


Meeting Reviews Mediterranean Marine Biodiversity Conservation Progress - The fish site


Jeunes journalistes d'Afrique du Nord Formation pour la consolidation des capacités en développement durable - Aufait Maroc


Four Mount Carmel caves nominated to join UNESCO - Jerusalem Post


La UICN recogerá en nueva "lista roja" los ecosistemas mundiales en peligro - Efe Verde


Un festival concienciará sobre el papel de las praderas marinas - La Opinión de Granada


Yelkouan Shearwater conservation status worsens - The Malta Independent online


El reto del planeta será gestionar la crisis de recursos que hemos causado - Málaga Hoy


Mediterraneo: foca monaca e tartarughe a rischio estinzione - Ansamed

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