EMERALD NETWORK OF NATURE PROTECTION SITES, PHASE II
Species of wild plants and animals, including their habitats, participate in many natural functions which ensure overall ecological balances vital for humans. Among these is the protection of soil against erosion, climate regulation, water purification or food production. These functions contribute both to the sustainable development and the future of our democratic societies.
However, today 15% of Europe's mammals or 13% of birds’ species are threatened with extinction. With their decline or even extinction, many of the vital ecosystem services nature provides to humans are weakened. The Emerald Network under the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats is being set-up to ensure that all high biodiversity areas of European importance are identified, their ecological inventories completed and their importance recognised legally. The Emerald sites which will form the Network will have to benefit from adequate protection, while allowing human social and economic activities and encouraging sustainable human-nature interaction.
The project is aiming at the establishment of the Emerald Network in seven target countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, the European part of the Russian Federation and Ukraine).
28-30 September 2015, Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation: Emerald biogeographical evaluation Seminar for the Arctic and Boreal biogeographical regions, Alpine region for the Urals, for all habitats and species (except birds)
End of November 2015 (2 days), Minsk, Belarus: Emerald biogeographical Seminar for bird species for Belarus, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine