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:

    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:

    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.

    This issue focuses on the outcomes of the CBD COP14 and brings the news on the World Heritage process in Central Asia and Forest Landscape Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Don’t miss IUCN's report on State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe and the opportunities to join our team!

  • In the spotlight:

    Forest Landscape Restoration in Caucasus and Central Asia

    Strong signs of commitment to restoring degraded landscapes and conserving biodiversity and natural resources are evidenced by the range of ongoing restoration efforts across the region as well as national expressions of interest to join the Bonn Challenge global restoration movement.


  • Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue Photo: IISD Reporting Services

    Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue


    The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity set the stage for more than 190 countries to step up efforts to protect the world’s ecosystems. The conference took place in Egypt, 17 – 29 November...

  • 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, 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 to...

  • 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....

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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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