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:

    Fostering water, energy and food security in Central Asia

    - a new visual story.

    Central Asia is prone to risks of water scarcity with severe impacts on agriculture and energy production. The Nexus approach addresses these challenges. To assist countries in the region, the EU-funded Central Asia Nexus Dialogue supports the development of multi-sectoral investment projects that will help achieve water, energy and food security.

  • In the spotlight:

    State of nature conservation systems of South-Eastern Europe

    - the first comprehensive overview of policies and institutional arrangements for nature conservation in the region.

    Prioritise biodiversity conservation, increase the capacity of institutional systems, improve law enforcement and complete the transposition of the EU nature acquis and strengthen species conservation at all levels…are just a few of the report’s recommendations.

  • 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.

    This issue focuses on the outcomes of the CBD COP14 and brings the news on the World Heritage process in Central Asia and Forest Landscape Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Don’t miss IUCN's report on State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe and the opportunities to join our team!


  • Yashikul Lake in Pamir in Tajikistan ©Shutterstock Nowak Luksaz Photo: ©Shutterstock Nowak Luksaz

    Fostering water, energy and food security in Central Asia


    Water represents one of the greatest challenges for Central Asia. As its population grows -projected to be 90 million people in 2050- so does the need for creating more jobs, producing more food, more energy - yet water resources are limited....

  • Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue Photo: IISD Reporting Services

    Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue


    The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity set the stage for more than 190 countries to step up efforts to protect the world’s ecosystems. The conference took place in Egypt, 17 – 29 November...

  • EnviroLens meeting, Vienna, 4-5 November 2018 Photo: Geoville

    Earth observation services for supporting environmental law enforcement


    EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission, will bring together information derived from satellite monitoring technology along with existing environmental laws and use it as direct evidence for law enforcement. EnviroLENS aims to...

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