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


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  • In the spotlight:

    A Voice for Nature

    The new issue is here! Read about the work of IUCN’s Members, Commissions and Regional Office in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    Read about the celebration of several important anniversaries related to nature conservation in Turkmenistan, the news from the Central Asia Nexus Dialogue Project and the EUROPARC conference report; don’t miss two IUCN publications now available in Russian and the opportunity to join our team as SOS Central Asia Officer!

  • In the spotlight:

    Biodiversity Task Force (BDTF) for South East Europe

    BDTF was created to foster cooperation in the region and give it a unified voice on issues concerning biodiversity protection. IUCN ECARO coordinates its activities as the Secretariat, with the support of GIZ/ORF BDU.

    This November, BDTF will present the regional poster Towards Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and participate at side-events of the CBD COP14, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

  • In the spotlight:

    Transforming landscapes and livelihoods in the Caucasus and Central Asia

    The Caucasus and Central Asia region has been severely impacted by climate change and land degradation. Joining the Bonn Challenge and applying the FLR approach across landscapes will immensely benefit the region.

    Read the Forest Brief No.23


  • Workshop participants_Ulcinj, Montenegro Workshop participants_Ulcinj, Montenegro Photo: IUCN

    Developing the capacity in initiating transboundary conservation


    A new training module on initiating transboundary conservation and steps towards its institutionalisation was presented and tested among the experts interested and experienced in transboundary conservation from South-Eastern and Eastern Europe.

  • Boris Erg, IUCN ECARO and Serdar Allekow, Society of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan Photo: IUCN/M.Hofman

    Celebrating 50 years of the Society of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan


    The establishment of the Society of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan fifty years ago marked the beginning of the modern era of nature protection in the country. To celebrate its anniversary, the Society organised a conference in Ashgabat on 11 and 12 October...

  • SEE Conservation NGOs Photo: Hyla

    Connecting conservation NGOs in South East Europe


    Networking among NGOs is vital, as it enables an exchange of their experiences, tools and skills. A well-networked group of conservation NGOs avoids duplication of efforts and stands stronger in policy negotiations, of high importance for achieving effective...

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