Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Conservation planning in South-Eastern Europe

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the implementation of conservation standards in South-Eastern Europe by supporting institutional development and creating a regional platform for nature conservation planning. To achieve this, IUCN will work closely with national nature conservation authorities in the region.
Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, Serbia

Institutional and governance arrangements for nature conservation in South-Eastern Europe differ within a wide range and do not necessarily address priority issues at regional and transboundary levels. The proper understanding of key principles and standards are preconditions for well-designed and effective nature conservation systems, while knowledge and experience-sharing play a key role in the alignment of priorities and definition of joint conservation actions. Species and habitats straddle national borders, so should conservation authorities and planning processes.

The project will address priority nature conservation issues in the region and target nature conservation authorities responsible for designing national conservation systems. At the regional level, it will aim at establishing a network of state authorities and conservation agencies. This network will play a pivotal role in defining priority issues, sharing knowledge and experience among relevant stakeholders within and beyond the region. At a national level, this project will help define and implement conservation priorities and communicate them across various sectors.

Apart from networking and planning, the process includes a baseline assessment of the state of nature conservation in the region, tailored capacity building programme, trainings, exchange visits and study tours. In this project IUCN will draw on the expertise of its expert Commissions and a broad range of its knowledge products. Eventually, by fostering strong and effective conservation community in South-Eastern Europe the project will contribute to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

The project, titled “Toward strengthened conservation planning in SEE”, is funded by the MAVA Foundation and designed to last three years. Initiated in autumn 2013, the project will be implemented through a partnership and close cooperation of IUCN and responsible national nature conservation authorities, with the involvement of other relevant national and international partners.

Project partners


Bosnia and Herzegovina






For the purpose of this project, the name Macedonia is used to refer to The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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