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.




Emerald network leaflets

English version

French version

Armenian version

Georgian version

Russian version

Publication on the Emerald Network in Moldova (English and Romanian)



Yerevan, Armenia June 2015

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 team published the first Emerald book of Armenia. The book presents all current Emerald Network sites in the country and describes the species and habitats they hold. The book is illustrated with breath-taking pictures of Armenian landscapes and a map presenting the Network in the country. The book is bilingual, Armenian-English, and is a useful tool for both large public interested in nature conservation, but also policy makers and stakeholders.

For more information, please click on the publication.




About the Bern Convention:




'Emerald Network' meeting of biodiversity experts 

Ivana D'Alessandro outlines how the Bern Convention counters the quickening pace of biodiversity degradation in Europe. "Biodiversity is life on earth. Protecting nature means protecting our future," she says.*

Robert Palmer: Protecting Europe"s biodiversity (mp3)

Meeting of Standing Committee to the Bern Convention - 29/11/2011

Podcast 1Robert Palmer: Protecting Europe"s biodiversity (mp3)

Robert Palmer, the Council of Europe's Director of Governance, Culture and Diversity, gives the background to the main themes under discussion during the three-day conference.

Podcast 2Robert Palmer: Protecting Europe"s biodiversity (mp3)

Staci McLennan of the Brussel's-based Eurogroup for Animals outlines her concern about current imports of pets and the value of a voluntary code to restrict the sale of certain animals in Europe.

Podcast 3Robert Palmer: Protecting Europe"s biodiversity (mp3)

Wojciech Solarz, from the Institute of Nature Conservation in Poland, expands on the threat to biodiversity from the Ruddy-duck and the grey squirrel. He explains how the American grey squirrel triumphed over the native red squirrel and the impact it is having on Italy and the United Kingdom. He also highlights the role of pet shops in a pan-European awareness-raising campaign



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