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Thursday, 20 January 2011

21/01/2011 Emerald Seminar

The ETC/BD and the Council of Europe are organising a ‘Preparatory Biogeographical seminar of 6 West Balkan countries’. This seminar will take place in the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris on 26 and 27 January. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Jan Plesnik (AOPK) , Chair of the Bern Convention Standing Committee.

This seminar begins the implementation of phase II of the Emerald Network in the 6 West Balkan countries. The aim of the process is to assess if, at the biogeographical level, the network of Emerald sites proposed by each country are sufficient and to address further needs for site proposals to complete the Emerald network. Sites are deemed to be sufficient if they ensure proper conservation of habitats and species listed respectively under Resolutions 4 (1996) and 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention.

This is a necessary step before sites can be officially designated as Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCI) by the Bern Convention’s Standing Committee.