Joint Council of Europe / European Union Programme 
"Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II"

Welcome to the webpage of the Joint European Union/Council of Europe project supporting the establishment of the Emerald Network in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

  • Why do we implement the project?

    Why do we implement the project?

    Species of wild plants and animal populations, including their habitats, participate in many natural functions which ensure overall ecological balances, such as the protection of the soil against erosion, the balancing of aquatic ecosystems and water purification. However, today threatened with extinction are 15% of Europe's mammals or 13% of birds’ species.

  • What do we want to achieve?

    What do we want to achieve?

    At the end of the project, all potential Emerald sites composed of high biodiversity areas in all target countries should be identified and their ecological inventories completed. These sites should have been assessed in view of their sufficiency for ensuring the long-term survival of the Bern Convention species and habitats of European importance.

  • Map of proposed Emerald sites by February 2014

    Map of proposed Emerald sites by February 2014

    October 2014

    Strasbourg, France

    In February 2014, the proposed Emerald Network in the seven project target countries from Central and Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus covered approximately 40 000 km2 or 9.2% of the total target country territories.

"Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II"

 A Joint Council of Europe /
European Union Programme

Contacts

Iva Obretenova, Project Manager
Tel.: +33 390 21 58 81
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Tania Braulio, Project Assistant
Tel.: +33 388 41 23 02
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Marc Roekaerts, Independent expert to the project
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Otars Opermanis, Independent expert to the project
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