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© Ivana d’AlessandroObjectives:

  1.  Supporting the work of the ENI East countries in improving the coverage of Emerald Network sites in the ENI East countries as response to the Aichi Strategic Goal C Target 11 and SDG Goal 15.
  2. Improving the capacity of the countries in reporting the data on species and habitats to the Central Data Repository of the European Environment Agency
  3.  Production of regionally comparable biodiversity indicators in accordance with EEA and UNECE implementations




The EEA’s briefing “Protected areas in the Eastern Partnership countries,” (LINK) found that between 2000 and 2019 coverage of nationally protected areas were expanded in all six partnership countries which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Thanks to the European Commission’s financial and Council of Europe’s technical support, 561 so-called Emerald Network sites (under the Bern Convention) have been created covering just over 12% of the Eastern Partnership countries’ territories. These sites aim to support species and habitats targeted for protection under the convention. This work has been supported by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) regional project on Implementing the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) principles and practices . The EEA supported capacity building to improve reporting on protected areas under international obligations and indicator development for knowledge-based policymaking. The EEA also provided expertise on sufficiency assessments of species and habitats in the countries proposed for inclusion in the Emerald Network.




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