Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Nature and Major Hazards

More than any other continent, Europe is a mosaic of countries with relatively humanised landscapes.

The ecosystems and processes affecting biological diversity are by large not limited by national borders.

Thus measures taken in a local, regional or national context are often insufficient or even fail. Only an international framework, supporting coordinating initiatives, facilitates the approach of developing a common safeguard for biodiversity and landscape. The Council of Europe has pioneered such cooperation since the early 1970's.

Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

The Bern Convention is a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation, which covers most of the natural heritage of the European continent and extends to some States of Africa. Its aims are to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats and to promote European co-operation in that field.
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Ecological Networks (Emerald Network)

The preservation and ecological restoration of the green heart of Europe is contemplated by the Council of Europe as a contribution to the setting-up of a coherent spatial structure and the maintenance of ecological processes and services.
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Emerald Network Reference Portal
European Diploma of Protected Areas

The European Diploma of Protected Areas was created in 1965. It is awarded to protected areas because of their outstanding scientific, cultural or aesthetic qualities; they must also be the subject of a suitable conservation scheme which may be combined with a sustainable development programme.
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Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy

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". 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.
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Calendar of meetings 2015
34th meeting of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention - Press release
The Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas - Press release
Progress towards the achievement of Aichi target 12
22 May 2014 - International Biodiversity Day : communication of the Bern Convention - Press release
Joint EU/CoE Projects

6th Meeting of the Group of Experts for Protected Areas and Ecological Networks - 11-12 September 2014, Strasbourg (France)
T-PVS Bureau (2) - 10 September 2014, Strasbourg (France)
Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma of Protected Areas - 24 March 2014, Strasbourg (France)

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Partial Agreement

EUR-OPA Major Hazards is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters.