IUCN dedicates an entire programme to the overseas countries and territories of the EU, where most of the EU’s biodiversity is located. These nine Outermost Regions and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories cover the world’s largest marine territory and a land area equivalent to that of continental Europe. A Preparatory Action for a Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST) was launched in 2010 and continues to run in a new setup. The programme is part of the IUCN’s Regional Seas and EU Overseas Programme; day-to-day implementation is partially carried out from the Brussels office.
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