New report: State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe

IUCN released at the Convention on Biological Biodiversity COP14 in Sharm El Sheikh the “State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe”, a first comprehensive report on institutional arrangements for nature conservation in the region that will serve decision-makers, experts and the donor community to shape and implement nature-related policies and activities.

The publication reviews the health of the national nature conservation systems and their readiness to address national and regional priorities by analysing the main gaps and opportunities in delivering on national and international conservation targets.

Analysing nature conservation systems in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, this publication provides a critical review of national institutional and legal frameworks for nature conservation, protected area systems, priorities in species conservation, ecological networks and regional initiatives. The report also includes a set of recommendations aimed to strengthen national nature conservation systems and transboundary conservation.

“State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe” was finalized in cooperation with state authorities and agencies from the region, and based on the contribution of the authors of the national reports, who provided insights into the nature conservation systems in their countries. The report is one of the results the three-year project ‘Towards strengthened conservation planning in South-Eastern Europe’ implemented by IUCN ECARO and funded by MAVA.

The report is available for download here.

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