IUCN is active in hundreds of conservation projects all over the world from the local level to those involving several countries – all aimed at the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources. In Europe, we promote and support conservation actions of our Members throughout the region by communicating their work and providing them with access to a large network of experts. IUCN is actively engaged on the ground in Eastern Europe with the ENPI FLEG Program (Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in European Neighbourhood countries) in partnership with the European Commission, the World Bank and WWF. We promote sustainable forest management practices and governance by exercising direct influence on forest management, legislation and its enforcement in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and the Ukraine.
In Albania, IUCN works closely with the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Water Administration to develop capacities for systemically planning and managing protected areas in the country. By promoting innovative approaches to protected area management, which imply the translation of principles of ecosystems and biodiversity economics into practice, this project will demonstrate a broad range of benefits that local and wider communities could enjoy from preserved and well-functioning ecosystems.