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Community Conserved Areas: Legal Framework for the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites (Italy) I IUCN

Considering its relatively limited size, Italy is one of the richest countries in terms of world heritage
sites. Forty-two of its 44 world heritage sites are, however, listed for exceptional cultural value and only
two for outstanding natural value. One of these, the Dolomites, includes the country’s best example
of a community conserved area, a type of governance that IUCN now refers to as ‘indigenous and
community conserved area’ (ICCA).

Legal Framework for Protected Areas: France I IUCN

France is characterized by a broad range of protected area categories. These may be created as a
result of initiatives by the national government, or local or regional authorities, and may be established
under environmental legislation or sectoral laws.

Mainstreaming Biodiversity Into Land-Use Planning Through The Natura 2000 Network

In Europe, as in the rest of the world, human activities are causing rapid biodiversity loss. Over the last two decades, the EU has been trying to tackle this in various ways, including through the Natura 2000 Network of protected areas. This includes over 27 000 protected areas, covering over million km2, making it the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. The Natura 2000 Network creates a framework for mainstreaming conservation into a range of sectors. The European Commission led the development of the Natura 2000 Network.

The Renewables Grid Initiative: A Partnership Of NGOs And Transmission System Operators In Europe

European countries are planning massive investments in renewable energy, which will mean that many more transmission lines will be needed to transport the energy produced. This is essential for reducing carbon emissions, but without careful planning, transmission lines can create a range of risks for biodiversity. The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) was launched in 2009 as a neutral platform, enabling Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and NGOs from across Europe to come together as equal partners.

Natural Capital Accounting And Parks: A Win-Win?

In the Netherlands, a coalition of multinational and large Dutch companies is taking steps to make their impact on natural and social capital visible throughout their entire value chain, with the help of civil society organizations. This unique initiative of companies, NGOs and the government teaming-up. Their ambition is formalized in a "Green Deal" signed by IUCN-NL, True Price, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Netherlands and the Dutch government. The Green Deal is linked to the global Natural Capital Protocol.

The « Emerging Parks » Dynamics: When Parks And Cities Become Partners

During the “Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries” (UNPEC) research program, funded by the ANR (the french National Research Agency), the Urban Protected Areas Network have worked in partnership with the national parks and the cities in Rio, Cape Town, Mumbai, Nairobi. We have identified three main types of park’s dynamics:

How To Get The Youth Involved: The Story Of Let's Get Wild

The „Let’s get wild“ project is about wilderness project weeks in Austria´s secondary high schools. This wilderness school project will support the Austrian regional development plan by promoting the acceptance of national parks within the younger population. Through multimedia and interdisciplinary environmental education, the role of the Austrian National Parks in the protection and preservation of the natural, recreational value, biodiversity and climate protection is emphasized.

Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands: Building blocks for environmental policy for 2030

A report of an analysis concluding that SDG implementation in the Netherlands can build on existing national policy targets, policy programmes and monitoring reports, but that certain adjustments will be required.

Lucas, P., Ludwig, K., Kok, M. & Kruitwagen, S. 2016. Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands: Building blocks for environmental policy for 2030. Policy Study. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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