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Biodiversity Policies and Conventions

CEEweb for Biodiversity works on a number of topics that are related to the conservation of biodiversity in a direct or indirect way such as biodiversity conventions and legislation, agricultural policies and tourism, as well as sustainable development that provides the basis for all these efforts and can make them happen. Besides, these activities take place on various levels from global financial mechanism through EU policies and national implementation to local projects, depending on where NGO involvement and influence can reach the highest positive impact. The methods applied are also diverse, while the main emphasis is on advocacy work and lobbying.


As the mission of CEEweb is the conservation of biodiversity through the promotion of sustainable development, it has been very deeply involved in formulating and implementing the Convention of Biological Diversity. Furthermore, its Sustainable Tourism ans CITES Working Groups have been advocating for appropriate policies within the framework of the Carpathian Convention as well as the CITES.

Global Level

Besides, the biodiversity related global conventions, such as the CITES and the CBD (see under the convention link above), CEEweb has been involved in the global process related to sustainable development. At Rio+20 last year, countries renewed their political commitment to the development of a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction, agreed to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CEEweb is actively contributing to this process.

EU Level

Nature conservation in EU Member States is largely determined by EU biodiversity policies, notably the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Birds and Habitats Directives, the latter ones providing for the establishment of the Natura 2000 network.  CEEweb follows up the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, paying special attention to issues, such as green infrastructure and More »

Regional Level

CEEweb is involved into the preparation of Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy for the Carpathians. The strategy will be delivered to the next Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention in October 2014. CEEweb and Ecological Tourism in Europe, E.T.E., with wide involvement of stakeholders from the Carpathian countries, developed a draft tourism protocol to More »

Pan-European level

Set up under the Bern Convention, the Emerald Network of protected areas aims to supplement the Natura 2000 Network, on a similar basis, in non-EU countries. The Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy is a European response to support the implementation of CBD, providing a platform for experience sharing and actions in the biodiversity field.