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.

    Read about the celebration of several important anniversaries related to nature conservation in Turkmenistan, the news from the Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project and the EUROPARC conference report; don’t miss two IUCN publications now available in Russian and the opportunity to join our team as SOS Central Asia Officer!

  • In the spotlight:

    Biodiversity Task Force (BDTF) for South East Europe

    BDTF was created to foster cooperation in the region and give it a unified voice on issues concerning biodiversity protection. IUCN ECARO coordinates its activities as the Secretariat, with the support of GIZ/ORF BDU.

    This November, BDTF will present the regional poster Towards Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and participate at side-events of the CBD COP14, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

  • In the spotlight:

    Transforming landscapes and livelihoods in the Caucasus and Central Asia

    The Caucasus and Central Asia region has been severely impacted by climate change and land degradation. Joining the Bonn Challenge and applying the FLR approach across landscapes will immensely benefit the region.

    Read the Forest Brief No.23


  • Dr Randall Reeves Dr Randall Reeves  Photo: Randall Reeves

    Dr Randall Reeves to continue leading advisory panel on industry development impacts


    Dr Randall Reeves has been re-appointed by IUCN as Chair of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), which provides independent advice on the impacts of offshore oil and gas development on gray whales and their habitat. He plans to continue leading the...

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Photo: IUCN

    Nature conservation systems of South-Eastern Europe


    IUCN has released today at the CBD COP14 in Sharm El Sheikh the “State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe”, a first comprehensive report on institutional arrangements for nature conservation in the region that will serve decision-makers,...

  • Pathfinder Award 2018 winner - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust Mirjam de Koning of Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust receiving the award (Winner) from Dr Yasmine Fouad (Minister, Egypt) during CBD COP14 Photo: IUCN

    Supporting protected areas across boundaries in the Balkans - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust wins the 2018 Pathfinder Award


    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as well as WildArk – A Movement for the Wild are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Pathfinder Award for innovation in nature...

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Tara National Park, Serbia Photo: Mirjana Mijanovic Petkovic

Valuing and conserving nature

Limestone mountains at Cetinje, Montenegro Photo: Melanie Bilz

Governance of nature’s use

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