Informing and communicating on the Emerald Network beyond the scientific community (2016)
Since 2009, the European Union and the Council of Europe co-finance the work on the setting-up of the Emerald Network in seven countries in central and eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The current European Union/ Council of Europe project Emerald Network of Nature Protection Sites, Phase II, running from October 2012 until December 2016, concerns the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, the European part of the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
The European Union is also a Contracting Party to the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). Following a decision of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention, the EU Natura 2000 Network is considered as the EU contribution to the Emerald Network. Together, both networks form the largest co-ordinated conservation network designated to support the long-term survival of the most valuable European species and habitats.