Protected Planet News: Europe and Marine
  20 February 2014
National parks of montenegro becomes new iucn member
The Public Enterprise for National Parks of Montenegro became a member of IUCN, following the decision of IUCN Council in November 2013. IUCN extends a very warm welcome to its new member and looks forward to strengthened cooperation in Montenegro. 
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Tursujuq National Park, Quebec, Canada ©Josée Brunelle
An indigenous stronghold of wild and pure beauty in Quebec’s great north – Tursujuq  National Park, Canada
The sheer expanse and environmental diversity of Tursujuq National Park are striking. The Park is now the largest protected area in eastern continental North America. Crisscrossed by rivers and streams and punctuated by the stunning Hudson Cuestas, it is one of the jewels of Québec’s network of protected areas. The Park area has been occupied and used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Today, the Inuit and Cree continue to practice subsistence activities within its boundaries.
Esperanza Sancho
Setting up protected areas at the age of 15 – Esperanza Sancho
At fifteen, Esperanza Sancho was already deeply concerned with society’s disconnection with nature and the impact of fast-growing cities around the world on the disappearance of natural habitats and, consequently, of several animal and plant species.With these issues in mind, she launched MiniReservas, a project led by citizens that creates and manages small nature reserves within cities with the aim of preserving biodiversity in urban settings while engaging local communities in the protection of the environment.
Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve
EPIC Senegal case study: Strengthening local climate change adaptation strategies in West Africa
The Ecosystems Protecting Infrastructure and Communities (EPIC) project aims to demonstrate how healthy ecosystems can help reduce hazard risks and improve livelihood resilience in six countries – Chile, Nepal, China, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Thailand. In one of the initial case studies in the Saloum Delta Biosphere Reserve in Senegal, local decision makers will learn of the effects of climate change on poor communities and poverty alleviation efforts. 
Cameroon - Ako'akas ©Thomas Bacha
Contribute to the BIOPAMA Regional Observatory in West and Central Africa
Organizations or consortium of organizations with a regional mandate located and operating across African countries and sharing the vision of BIOPAMA for West and Central Africa have the opportunity to participate in BIOPAMA by contributing to the BIOPAMA Regional Observatory for West and Central Africa. The expressions of interest should be submitted by Friday, 21 March 2014.
Marine Mediterranean Protected Areas cover
Marine Mediterranean Protected Areas
This publication aims to give some guidance on how to measure the impact of climate change on the marine biodiversity of protected areas and how to improve planning for the mitigation of future impact. It also summarizes the most important threats to and effects on Mediterranean marine biodiversity that have been observed to date and outlines the many uncertainties that still exist in understanding ecological responses to climate change.
IV Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas
IV Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas, San José, Costa Rica, 18-21 March 2014
Academics and stakeholders from the Mesoamerican region meet every three or four years in order to discuss and disseminate knowledge on planning, management and development of protected areas.
Wildflowers in Lovcen National Park, Montenegro ©Jamie Kemsey
Dinaric Arc 'Big Win' agreement strides forward 
In a meeting held on 21 January, national nature conservation authorities from South-Eastern Europe agreed on the first steps towards joint conservation planning, a product of their 'Big Win for Dinaric Arc' statement, which focuses on strengthening cooperation and setting a new agenda for protected areas and nature conservation. The meeting, hosted at the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, initiated the trans-national exchange on topics of common concern, such as institutional training needs and experiences, and the specifics of national nature conservation systems in the region.
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