Eastern Europe and Central Asia


  • The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan Photo: Rory Moore

    Azerbaijan to create the first Marine Protected Area in the Caspian Sea


    Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Caspian Sea, the largest inland body of water on the planet. The new MPA will seek to protect...

  • Buna launch Photo: INCA

    Buna river project launch gathers wide support in Albania


    Around 70 participants from local government, civil society and education bodies from Albania and Montenegro gathered to launch the Buna Delta Protection Project during an opening in Shkodra (Albania) on 25 January, followed by a field visit to the Buna River...

  • Photo: Panda Agency

    Ivane Kupradze, a Georgian hero


    Ivane Kupradze from Borjomi, Georgia dreamt of becoming a ranger since he was a little boy. Hiking trips with his grandfather inspired him to dedicate his whole life to protecting nature. 

  • Photo: J. Hardcastle/A. Kodiashvili

    Georgia goes Green List


    Georgia, located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, has renewed its  commitment to join the IUCN Green list programme in 2018.

  • Photo: IUNC/S.Pokrajac

    Nature-based Solutions for flood prevention in SEE


    A three-day practical workshop on “Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Flood Prevention in South-Eastern Europe”, organized jointly by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the...

  • BDTF meeting Photo: BDTF meeting

    SEE economies to coordinate their biodiversity conservation activities


    The newly established Biodiversity Taskforce (BD TF), formed of representatives of the economies of South East Europe, met for the first time on November 14 2017 in Belgrade. Participants underlined the importance of fostering regional cooperation and giving...

  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Socotra Archipelago, Yemen was hit cyclones in 2015 - a rare weather event in this part of the Indian Ocean. Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN


    Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released today...

  • Photo: IUCN/M.Perovic

    The future of Agriculture and Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction in the Western Balkans


    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia (ECARO) held a regional workshop on “Agriculture and Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction in the Western Balkans” on 31...

  • Red List Meeting Photo: MoEPP

    National red-listing kicks-off in Macedonia


    Over 50 participants attended project launch of the ‘National red-listing in Macedonia’, jointly organised by IUCN Eastern, Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) and UN Environment in Skopje on 13 October 2017. Participants included representatives of the...

  • logo 100 years of Russia's PA Photo: ecoyear.ru

    IUCN commends Russia on the centenary of its ‘zapovedniks’


    IUCN President, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng commended Russia on its efforts to conserve its exceptional biodiversity at the recent protected area forum in Sochi, Russia to mark the centenary of the opening of Russia’s first strict nature reserve, Barguzinsky...


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