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



  • Lin, Lake Ohrid, Albania Photo: Christopher Graz

    Pearl in a plastic bag


    Lake Ohrid is Europe’s oldest lake, straddling the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia (FYR) and eastern Albania. It was formed by tectonic shifting over two million years ago and is home to a large number of unique flora and...

  • men in suits sitting behind desks with paper signs of country names and microphones Photo: © UNECEFAO Forestry and Timber Section

    Caucasus and Central Asia demonstrate impressive political will for restoration and the Bonn Challenge


    The first Bonn Challenge Regional Ministerial Roundtable for the Caucasus and Central Asia was a massive success with several countries in the region pledging to bring 2.5 million hectares into restoration.

  • High mountain pasture Kyrgyzstan Photo: Jens Wunderlich

    World Heritage regional consultation process takes off in Central Asia


    Representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan confirmed their commitment to support the identification of natural sites that have the potential to be nominated as World Heritage. IUCN will lead the process in its...

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