Emerald biogeographical Seminar for bird species for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

1-2 December 2016 Tbilisi, Georgia
The Bern Convention Secretariat organised the 4th and final Emerald Network Biogeographical evaluation Seminar for 2016 on 1-2 December, in Tbilisi (Georgia). This seminar has also been the last of a series of 6 evaluations which took place in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme "Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II". In 2013, the Criteria for the evaluation at biogeographical level of the national lists of Emerald sites was updated to include a specific criteria on...

Emerald Network Biogeographical Seminar for all habitats and species (except birds) for the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine

6-8 September 2016 Kyiv, Ukraine
A new Emerald Network Biogeographical Seminar will take place in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 6 to 8 September. The aim of the seminar is to assess the sufficiency of the proposed Emerald sites in the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation for ensuring the long-term survival of the species and habitats of European importance.

Emerald Network evaluation seminar in Chisinau

11-13 May 2016 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
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.

NACRES new website

April 2016 Tbilisi, Georgia
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

3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU/CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II (2013-2016)

14 January 2016 Strasbourg, France
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...

" Emerald Network: challenges and advantages" Round table

September 2015 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
On 24 September 2015, a Round table called "Emerald Network: challenges and advantages" took place at the Moldovan State University in Chisinau. The event was organised jointly by the State Biosafety Office and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, in the frame of the EU/CoE Joint Programme Emerald Network Phase II. Several NGOs were involved in the discussions, together with students from the Licence and Master Programmes on related fields such as biology and ecology at the...

Why establishing the Emerald Network?

September 2015 Strasbourg, France
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.  

Two new publications on the Emerald Network out now

June 2015 Yerevan, Armenia
In Georgia, a new brochure presents the Bern Convention and the Emerald Network, as well as how this ecological network is set up practically and what are the obligations it creates for the State Party. The EU Habitats and Birds Directives and the Natura 2000 Network are also presented, as Georgia has recently signed an Association Agreement with the EU, creating additional important legal obligations for the country regarding nature conservation. In neighbouring Armenia, the national Emerald...

Results of the first Emerald evaluation Seminar

27-29 May 2015 Tbilisi, Georgia
The first Emerald network evaluation Seminar was held in Tbilisi on 27-29 May 2015. The evaluation targeted three South-Caucasus countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It was aimed at assessing how well the Emerald Network identified on the territories of these countries will perform in achieving its main objective - the long-term survival of species and habitats of European importance. Although all three countries can be congratulated for the hard work over the past 5 years, they got...

Maps of proposed Emerald sites by February 2015

April 2015 Strasbourg, France
The project team produced maps indicating all potential Emerald sites selected in the seven project target countries. A special attention is paid to new areas identified by the national Emerald project teams throughout 2014. This is aimed at showing progress in the identification of new suitable areas of high biodiversity value for joining the Network through the project.
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