EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Programme

The European Union (EU) includes 34 overseas territories: 9 Outermost Regions and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories. They are linked to 6 Member States: Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Found in every ocean, from polar to tropical latitudes, they are home to a unique diversity of species and ecosystems of global significance, which are highly vulnerable to human impacts and increasingly the impacts of climate change.

IUCN EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Progamme contributes to the protection of this biodiversity and its integration into climate change adaptation strategies. Read more about the IUCN Programme on Europe overseas here.

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Look at the map to see where EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories are located. Alternatively, the list by region can be seen here

Map of EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories

Map of EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories

Photo: Imre Sebastyén / UNITgraphics

The designation of geographical entities on this webpage and the presentation of the material, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of IUCN concerning the legal status of any country, territory, or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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The first newsletter of the European Union’s (EU) BEST Initiative is available!

EU Overseas entities host most of the EU’s biodiversity and give it the largest marine territory in the world. Preserving their species and ecosystems is key to sustaining economies well beyond regional boundaries and to meet conservation targets at national, European and international levels. Read more in BEST newsletter!  …  

11 Jun 2015 | Article

Summer Northern Lights in Oulu

Finland to host the next IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia

IUCN officially announces Helsinki, Finland, as the host of the 2015 Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, from 14 to 17 December 2015.   | French | Spanish

27 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

New Caledonia coast

Europe’s marine and coastal biodiversity still degrading, according to European Environment Agency

In its State of the Environment Report 2015 just released, the European Environment Agency highlights improvements while pointing out that Europe is not on track to meet its environmental goals. More ambitious policies and actions are needed to address the challenges. …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

Dr. Earle visiting the local school on Ascension Island

Mounting pressure for marine protection

IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world. …  

20 Feb 2015 | News story

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