Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II

The Emerald Network under the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats is set-up to ensure that all high biodiversity areas of European importance are identified, their ecological inventories completed and their importance recognised legally. The identified Emerald Network sites will then benefit from adequate protection, while allowing human social and economic activities and encouraging sustainable human-nature interaction. This European Union/Council of Europe project contributes to the establishment of the Emerald Network in seven target countries (see map below).


Chisinau, Republic of Moldova September 2015

On 24 September 2015, a Round table called "Emerald Network: challenges and advantages" took place at the Moldovan State University in Chisinau. The event was organised jointly by the State Biosafety Office and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, in the frame of the EU/CoE Joint Programme Emerald Network Phase II. Several NGOs were involved in the discussions, together with students from the Licence and Master Programmes on related fields such as biology and ecology at the University.

For more information on the event in the local language, please consult the newsletter of the Moldovan State University.


Strasbourg, France September 2015

Why establishing the Emerald Network?

A new short leaflet presenting the methodology and benefits of establishing the Emerald Network was produced and is now available for download in both English and French.

The material targets both the large public and decision-makers at national level. It informs on the current progress in the implementation of the Network in all countries contributing to its setting-up, recapping its success in three key figures.




Iva Obretenova, Project Manager
Tel.: +33 390 21 58 81

Tania Braulio, Project Assistant
Tel.: +33 388 41 23 02

Marc Roekaerts, Independent expert to the project