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).


Tbilisi, Georgia April 2016

The development of the Emerald Network is effectively progressing in the past 3 years.

The Georgian NGO NACRES -working on the setting-up of the Network in the country alongside the national authorities-, is pleased to announce the creation of a new website presenting the Network, its features and processes. The availability of information in local languages is a prerequisite for stronger involvement of local communities in the network setting-up.


Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 11-13 May 2016

Independent scientific experts, national authorities and NGOs from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine met to work towards the setting-up of the Emerald Network - the ecological network of areas of special conservation interest under the Bern Convention. The objective of the meeting was to assess the sufficiency of the areas already selected as Emerald sites in the countries, to ensure the long-term survival of the species and habitats of European importance.

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