The International Union for Conservation of Nature

UICN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure that human progress, economic development and nature conservation come together in harmony.

Founded in 1948, IUCN has grown over the years to become the largest and most diverse environmental network in the world. It counts with the experience, the resources and the weight of its more than 1300 member organizations and the skills of more than 16 000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its size allows it to play the role of incubator and reliable reference of good practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space where diverse stakeholders - governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples groups, charities and others - can work together to develop and implement solutions to address environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development. Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a broad and diverse portfolio of conservation-related projects around the world. Combining the most advanced scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects aim to stop habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people's well-being.

The Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area


is a legal conservation tool based on cooperation. Its purpose is to reduce threats to cetaceans notably by improving current knowledge of these animals.

This intergovernmental Agreement provides the demonstration of the commitment of riparian Countries to preserve all species of cetaceans  and their habitats within the geographical Agreement by the enforcement of more stringent measures than those definited in the texts adopted previously. ACCOBAMS resulted from consultations between Secretaritas of our convention:

  • The Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Marine Environnement and the Coastal Region of the Meditearrean and its Protocol concerning Specially Protected Area and Biological Diversity in the Meditarrean;

  • The Bonn Convention on the Conservation of the Migratory Species of Wild Animals;

  • The Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats;

  • The Bucharest Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution.

ACCOBAMS was signed  on November 24th 1996 and entered into force on June 1st 2001. 

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