Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Contributing to a sustainable future in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia, IUCN ECARO focuses on good governance, long-term protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources


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  • In the spotlight:

    A Voice for Nature

    The new issue is here! Read about the work of IUCN’s Members, Commissions and Regional Office in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    In this issue we announce the Inter-Regional Conservation Forum that will take place in Rotterdam in July, gathering two IUCN regions – Europe and Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia to prepare for the IUCN Congress 2020. Read about the first spotting of Persian Leopard in Kazakhstan and the largest Balkan Lynx ever captured for scientific study, about the Green List journey in Georgia and the use of European satellite capacities for environmental law enforcement.

  • In the spotlight:

    State of nature conservation systems of South-Eastern Europe

    - the first comprehensive overview of policies and institutional arrangements for nature conservation in the region.

    Prioritise biodiversity conservation, increase the capacity of institutional systems, improve law enforcement and complete the transposition of the EU nature acquis and strengthen species conservation at all levels…are just a few of the report’s recommendations.

  • In the spotlight:

    Fostering water, energy and food security in Central Asia

    - a new visual story.

    Central Asia is prone to risks of water scarcity with severe impacts on agriculture and energy production. The Nexus approach addresses these challenges. To assist countries in the region, the EU-funded Central Asia Nexus Dialogue supports the development of multi-sectoral investment projects that will help achieve water, energy and food security.


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    Natalia Danilina appointed to IUCN Council


    The IUCN Council has appointed Ms Natalia Danilina from the Russian Federation to fill the vacancy as a Regional Councillor from East Europe, North and Central Asia, following the passing of Rustam Sagitov (Russian Federation). 

  • Georgia Photo: Jennifer Kelleher

    The Georgian Expert Assessment Group for the Green List established


    The Green List journey has started in earnest in Georgia, with the formation of an Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL). Comprised of national experts from a range of diverse backgrounds, the 10 members of the Georgian EAGL are ready to lead the...

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    Observing the Earth to enforce environmental law


    EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to demonstrate and promote the use of Earth Observation as direct evidence for environmental law enforcement. By using European satellite capacities, such as those provided...

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Limestone mountains at Cetinje, Montenegro Photo: Melanie Bilz

Governance of nature’s use

Tara National Park, Serbia Photo: Mirjana Mijanovic Petkovic

Valuing and conserving nature

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