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27 January 2020

Activity Details (ID# 27503)  

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Title Second National Workshop of the Emerald Network Joint Programme in Belarus 
Description Preparation of the second year of development of the Emerald Network, in the framework of the regional programme funded by the European Commission, in line with the need for information on population and distribution of species and habitats of the Resolution No. 4(1996) and No. 6(1998) of the Emerald Network. 
Status Completed 
Date 04/05/2010 - 05/05/2010 
Location Minsk, Belarus
Countries Others: Belarus
  Joint Programme Activity - Emerald Network-ENP
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Emerald Network-ENP - Support for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)'s Programme of Work on Protected Areas in the EU Neighbourhood Policy East Area and Russia    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DG4/JP/2238   Setting up of the Emerald Network and support for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity Programme of Work on protected areas in the EU Neighbourhood Policy East area and Russia
Expected Result 1.1 - Identification of potential sites of Areas of Special Conservation Interest of the Emerald network of the Bern Convention: 1) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova: all potential sites; 2) Ukraine: 80% of potential sites; 3) Russia: 50% of potential sites; 4) Belarus: 10% of potential sites in pilot project; 50% at later stage.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.3 – Protecting and promoting cultural and natural diversity
Programme ☆ V.3.2  Promoting dialogue and cultural and natural diversity
Project 2004/DG4/200 Promoting and monitoring biological diversity policies through the Bern Convention
Expected Result 2 Contracting Parties are assisted in setting up protected areas and ecological networks. Existing networks (Emerald, Pan-European Ecological Network, European Diploma) are monitored for quality of management.

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Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage)
CoE Contact D'ALESSANDRO, Ivana   email
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 27503) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To prepare the second implementation phase of the Emerald project as well as to review interim results and data delivery. 
Output/Results The background of the project as well as its legal framework were reminded to participants.

The international consultant gave an overview of the challenges of the project and insisted on the need for a high level political commitment towards the real implementation of the Network, through management plans and allocation of resources at the national level after the project’s completion. He also provided the team with a detailed delivery agenda at country level, listing the milestones leading to the 2010 interim data delivery.

The national Emerald team members presented the conclusions of their 2009 scientific work, as well as the lessons learnt and remaining questions from the 2009 inventory work.

The workshop included practical work on collection and registration of data on species and habitats, as well as on distribution data per bio-geographical regions, on the draft list of those species and habitats not included in the Bern Convention's Resolutions, on updating the Habitats Interpretation Manual, and GIS distribution data for species and habitats.
Conclusions/Follow Up The consultant highlighted that, following the first implementation year of the project, the data table devoted to the species which are not included in the Bern Convention’s Resolution nor in the Annexes of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives already counts with more than 2000 records from approximately 750 species, especially for what concerns Armenia, Georgia, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. This is an additional result of the project and will put forward the issue of updating the current lists of species and habitats of European concern.

In addition, it might be stressed that the interest of Belarus in acceding the Bern Convention has increased further to the implementation of the current project. 
Participants National Emerald team members, representatives of the EU Delegation, NGO and civil society representatives 
Consultants/Experts Marc Roekaerts 
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 14 
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