Dear Members, Readers
I am delighted to welcome you to the revised Newsletter from the IUCN Regional Office for Europe. It has been a while since our last issue and a lot has happened both in Europe and within IUCN since our last publication.
Over the last two years IUCN in Europe has been going through a re-structuring so that we are now a stronger organisation ready to face the current challenges to nature conservation. Changes have included:
• The Regional Office for Europe (ROfE) is now based at our Head Quarters in Gland, Switzerland. Most Regional Staff are now located here including myself the Regional Director for Europe, Paul Grigoriev, Regional Programme Coordinator, Susanna Soderstrom, Regional Membership Coordinator, Anna Rosenberg Regional Finance Manager along with Richard Aishton, Forestry Programme Officer, Dominique Benzaken Programme Coordinator for EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories and Nicole Picthall Administrative Assistant.
• Our office in Brussels, the European Union Representative Office (EURO) remains with a strong focus on policy and fundraising activities along with a number of projects and programmes including our work on biodiversity and European Red List issues, Business and Biodiversity, our work with Local Authorities, and our work with the European Parliament and European Presidencies along with our communications staff. Monica Jacobs was recently appointed as Head of EURO. Contact details can be found on our website.
• Our office in Tbilisi, Georgia the Caucusus Coordination Center (formerly the Programme Office for Southern Caucasus) has also recently revised their focus in the region and more information on their new strategy can be found below. Ramaz Gokhelashvili is the Director of CCC contact details can be found on our website
• While in Belgrade, Serbia, our office in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) continues to go from strength to strength and has a strong focus on protected area work. Boris Erg is the office Director and contact details for him and other staff can be found on our website.
• Finally our office in Moscow, Russia has been closed but we are currently in talks with the Russian Government to re-open the office.
With the changes mentioned above and with a number of new projects and programmes since our last newsletter I would like to take this opportunity to re-introduce you to our current activities and focus of work in Europe along with Membership information.
I hope that you will find this issue of the European Newsletter of interest and I welcome your thoughts and comments on what you would like to read in our future issues.