The Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy
" ...The Strategy establishes an international framework for co-operation for consolidating and extending
schemes and programmes in the conservation field... "
The Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS) was set up following the Rio Earth Summit
and the adoption of the United Nations "Convention on Biological Diversity". It was adopted at the 3rd Ministerial
Conference "An Environment for Europe" held in October 1995 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The principal aim of the Strategy
is to find a consistent response to the decline of biological and landscape diversity in Europe and to ensure the
sustainability of the natural environment.
A Strategy for conservation: approach and objectives
Europe, more so than any other continent, is a patchwork of relatively small countries. As a consequence,
ecosystems and the processes that disrupt their functioning often extend across national boundaries. Isolated
measures taken within a local, regional or national context will therefore in many cases be inadequate to deal
with the problems.
Working within an international framework provides the opportunity to take more effective measures by facilitating
the development of a common approach to the conservation of Europe's biodiversity and by helping to promote coordinated action.
It was for these reasons that 54 countries endorsed in 1995 the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity
Strategy. In doing so, the governments of the countries recognised the special need for international cooperation
in efforts to conserve biodiversity and landscapes of European importance.
22-24 September 2009, LiŤge (Belgium), 5th Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"
22-24 February 2006, Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia), 4th Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"
18-21 January 2004, Madrid (Spain), 3rd Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"
24-28 February 2002, Budapest (Hungary), 2nd Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"
20-23 March 2000, Riga (Latvia), 1st Conference "Biodiversity in Europe"