Emerald Network Reference Portal

Adopted Emerald sites and candidate Emerald Sites


In December 2012, for the first time in the history of the Network, the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention officially adopted as Emerald sites, 37 areas in Switzerland. The 37 Swiss sites are therefore the first ones to officially join the Network. These sites have successfully passed the biogeographical assessment for their sufficiency, as foreseen in Phase II of the Network constitution process. National authorities in the country are now considering the management and conservation measures they need to put in place for these 37 sites, as well as to continue identifying additional areas suitable to join the Network on their territory.

List of officially adopted Emerald sites (last updated in December 2014)

In addition, the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention regularly nominates officially as “Candidate Emerald sites” a number of sites proposed by all countries currently working on the establishment of the Emerald Network (7 countries from Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus, 5 countries from the West Balkans, Norway and Morocco). The official lists of candidate Emerald sites and adopted Emerald sites are therefore regularly updated, after each annual meeting of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention.

List of officially nominated candidate Emerald sites (last updated in December 2014)

Reference documents adopted by the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention


Resolution No. 4 (1996) listing endangered natural habitats requiring specific conservation measures (including revised Annex I to Resolution No. 4 (1996), adopted in 2014 by the Standing Committee)

Resolution No. 5 (1998) concerning the rules for the Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (Emerald Network)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) listing the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures (including revised Annex I to Resolution No. 6 (1998), adopted in 2011 by the Standing Committee)

Resolution No. 8 (2012) on the national designation of adopted Emerald sites and the implementation of management, monitoring and reporting measures

Calendar on the implementation of the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (2010-2020)

Revised criteria for assessing the National Lists of proposed Emerald sites (ASCIs) at biogeographical level and procedure for examining and approving Emerald candidate sites (adopted in 2013 by the Standing Committee)

Recommendation No.157 (2011) on the status of candidate Emerald sites and guidelines on the criteria for their nomination

Recommendation No. 172 (2014) interpreting certain provisions of Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention

Information Form for new Species or Habitats to be added to the Bern Convention lists (Res. 4 (1996) and Res. 6 (1998)

The Emerald Network: explanatory document and compilation of relevant texts

Other recent Emerald related documents


Support material to the use of the Emerald SDF


New Emerald Network Software ( version 4.2.1) and guidance on its intallation and use

Emerald Network Standard Data Form [Revised Annex 1 to Resolution No. 5 (1998)]

European biogeographical regions' map, as adopted by the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention, December 2010 

Correspondence table between the old and new version of Annex I of Resolution 4 (1996) of the Bern Convention on endangered natural habitat types

 


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