2nd Meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and
Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France) - Palais, room 8
14-15 September 2010
Biodiversity is vital for current and future human wellbeing. Wild flora and fauna have an essential role in
maintaining biological balance. The Council of Europe plays an active role in preserving biodiversity since 30 years.
The Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats is a Council of Europe binding
treaty to foster the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in Europe. The designation of
protected areas is a cornerstone for the conservation of biodiversity. Since 1996 the Council of Europe is
working on the setting-up of the Emerald Network, an ecological network of protected areas which provides a
model for conserving biodiversity, based on ecological principles, while allowing a degree of human exploitation
of the landscape. The Emerald Network is to be set up in each Contracting Party and observer state to the Bern Convention.
The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks meets in Strasbourg on 14-15 September 2010 for the
second time. This two-day meeting will contribute to state the progress towards the setting-up of the Emerald Network.
The experts will also discuss the implementation of the Pan-European Ecological Network (legal instruments, good
practices and challenges for the future). The meeting will count with the participation of officials from the Council
of Europe, the European Union, and other international agreements on biodiversity, as well as with representatives of
Contracting Parties and Observer states and NGOs to the Bern Convention.
Mr Marco CIPRIANI, European Commission
Mr Boris ERG, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr Abderrahmen GANNOUN, Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA)
Mr Yann Kohler, Alpine Convention
Mr Giacomo LUCIANI, Carpathian Convention, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Ms Hayat MESBAH, The Moroccan High Commission for Waters, Forests and Combating. Desertification (HCEFLCD)
Mr Alexandre MIGNOTTE, International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA)
Mr Atef OUERGHI, Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA)
Dr Jan PLESNIK, Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic
Dr Leonid PROTSENKO, InterEcoCentre
Ms Dominique RICHARD, European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity
Mr Tobias SALATHE, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Mr Jacques STEIN, Public Service of Wallonia