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).


Strasbourg, France 14 January 2016

3rd Steering Committee meeting

The 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU-CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II (2013-2016), targeting Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the the Russian Federation, has been held in Strasbourg on 14 January. It reviewed the achievements of the project’s objectives, the lessons learnt by the 7 target countries, and the outcomes of the biogeographical seminars. It also planned activities for 2016 and discussed the future of the Joint Project after its end in October 2016. The Steering Committee brought together national authorities and project leaders of the seven target countries, as well as representatives of the Council of Europe and of the European Commission.


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.


Calendar 2016

14 January 2016, Strasbourg, France:  3rd Steering Committee meeting



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