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.

The project aims to improve biodiversity protection and thus the long-term survival of threatened species and habitats of European importance in the project target countries, through specfic site conservation measures in the Emerald Network sites. The Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest, launched by the Council of Europe in the framework of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats represents the practical extention of the EU's Natura 2000 Network in the Union's neighbouring countries.

Why do we implement the project?

Protected areas are a vital contribution to the conservation of the world's natural resources. Their values range from the protection of natural habitats and associated flora and fauna, the maintenance of environmental stability of surrounding regions, the protection of ecosystem services, to mitigation of climate change. Ecological networks of protected areas, such as the Emerald Network, can positively influence the conditions for the survival of species populations in the fragmented...

What do we want to achieve?

At the end of the project, all potential Emerald sites in all target countries should be identified and their ecological databases completed. The sites will be assessed in view of their sufficiency for ensuring the long-term survival of the Bern Convention species and habitats of European importance. This work will thus contribute to the achievement of the commitments by the countries towards the world Aichi Target 11 on protected areas, set under the Un Convention on Biological Diversity....

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"Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II"

 A Joint Council of Europe /
European Union Programme


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

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