Joint Council of Europe / European Union Programme on Biodiversity: Sub-regional Workshop for the setting-up of the Emerald Network in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia, April 20-21, 2010

Organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia, and NACRES Biodiversity Conservation and Research Centre.

Background: European biodiversity remains under serious pressure: 40–85 % of habitats and 40–70 % of species of European interest have an unfavourable conservation status.

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.
The Emerald Network is 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. It is to be set up in each Contracting Party and observer state to the Bern Convention.

Description: The programme, which runs until the end of 2011, aims at identifying and protecting natural habitats to be part of the Emerald Network. Countries involved in the establishment of this Network under the joint programme also include Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and the Russian Federation.

The Sub-regional aims to consolidate and follow-up the scientific work initiated in 2009, as well as to exchange information in view of the second phase of implementation of the joint project.

Participants: The workshop will count with the participation of officials from the Council of Europe, the European Union, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, scientific experts from national institutions and universities, and representatives of civil society.

Venue: Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, 6 G. Gulua str., Tbilisi 0114, Georgia (Conference Hall - 4thFloor).

The workshop is open to the press.

For further information see www.coe.int/emerald

Contact: Ivana D’Alessandro, Tel: +33 390 21 51 51, ivana.dalessandro@coe.int

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