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


  • EnviroLens meeting, Vienna, 4-5 November 2018 Photo: Geoville

    Earth observation services for supporting environmental law enforcement


    EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission which will bring together information derived from satellite monitoring technology along with existing environmental laws and use it as direct evidence for law enforcement. EnviroLENS aims...

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Western gray whale in Sakhalin  Photo: Yuri Yakovlev

    IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts


    IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development near Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East....

  • Workshop participants_Tashkent, Uzbekistan Photo: IUCN

    Identifying potential World Natural Heritage sites in Central Asia


    Aiming to ensure the conservation of sites with outstanding natural values in Central Asia, IUCN is engaging with the five countries in the region to spark consultation and build knowledge on the nomination and effective management of World Heritage sites.

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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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