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03 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 28207)  

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Title 3rd Subregional Workshops: Georgia 2011 
Description Exchange of views to take place once per year, on the developpment of the Emerald Network in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Status Completed 
Date 18/05/2011 - 19/05/2011 
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Countries CoE Members: Armenia / Azerbaijan / Georgia
Organisations: Council of Europe / European Commission
  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 – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.6  Protection of Natural Diversity

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Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage)
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Objective(s) The third and last sub-regional workshop was aimed at providing the representatives from the three target countries to meet, inform eachother on their achievements under the project and to exchange good practices. The follow-up of the current project was also a topic on the agenda of the meeting. 
Output/Results The sub-regional workshop gave the opportunity to the representatives of 3 national teams (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) to share information on their respective results achieved up to 2010. Since 2009, national teams have been making their national lists of species to be mapped. During the workshop, they had the opportunity to exchange their views on these species and to work towards selecting the maximum possible number of common species. This will allow for the production of a more complete sub-regional biogeographical map. Since there has been a recent change in the responsible for the Emerald Network in Azerbaijan, the meeting was a good opportunity for him to meet colleagues from the other Caucasus countries and to learn from their experiences. The representatives from the three countries have used the time provided by the official part of the meeting, but also the moments dedicated to more informal discussions, to exchange their good practices and to discuss joint actions they could undertake for the update of the Bern Convention instruments such as Resolutions 4 (1996) on habitats and Resolution 6 (1998) on species to be protected. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The presence of the European Union Delegation representative at the sub-regional Seminar was extremely important. I was able to discuss with him the follow-up of the current JP and how the Bern Convention Secretariat is planning to continue to work with the 7 target countries. I have underlined the commitment of both the Bern Convention Secretariat and the Bern Convention Standing Committee toward the complete setting-up of the Emerald Network by 2020 (see Emerald Calendar 2020 attached). The Representative of the European Commission ensured me in his support for our current negotiations with the European Commission DG DEVCO and proposed to send a short e-mail of support to our counterpart at the same DG to underline its appreciation of our activities in these countries.

A filed trip to a potential Emerald site has followed the official part of the events, including a meeting with the Director of the Algeti national Park.
Participants A representative of the European Union Delegation to Georgia, the Head of the Council of Europe office in Tbilisi, the Head of the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia, the Chairperson of the NGO NACRES, representatives of the Georgian Emerald Team, the Emerald team leader, 1 representative of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan and one Emerald team member from Armenia, the joint project scientific expert Marc Roekaerts and myself. 
Consultants/Experts Mark Roekaerts, Council of Europe scientific expert 
CoE Secretariat Iva Obretenova, Council of Europe Project Manager 
Total No. Participants 15 
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