Launched in 1999, the Emerald Network is now in its implementation phase.
It consists of a wide-ranging programme of national pilot projects set up with a view to developing a pilot
database on selected areas representative of the habitat types and species found in each country, these
being identified in accordance with the relevant recommendations and resolutions.
The pilot projects are also designed to form national multidisciplinary teams bringing together the various
scientific institutions involved in the programme in the countries in question, and to give them the
necessary skills and methodology to set up the Network.
32 pilot projects have been organised in Europe to date, and are currently under way or in process in African states.