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 and CITES Working Groups have been advocating for appropriate policies within the framework of the Carpathian Convention as well as the CITES.

Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is currently the most holistic multilateral environmental agreement contributing to the conservation of our global natural heritage and to the sustainable development of societies. Read more about CBD and CEEweb’s work on it>>

The convention was signed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; it is legally binding for all participating parties. Read more about the Rio Summit and multilateral agreements signed at the Summit >>

Carpathian Convention

The Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative (CEI), an umbrella group of more than 50 organizations from seven Carpathian countries, among them with CEEweb, launched in 1999 under the leadership of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Office in Vienna. It aims to take a complex, multidisciplinary ecoregional approach to conserve the Carpathian mountain range, and works on protected area management, forestry best practices, species/biodiversity, tourism, socio-economics, capacity-building and education.

The activities of CEI garnered internationally recognized results and high-level political support culminating in the form of theCarpathian Convention, signed in May 2003 in Kyiv. Read more about the Carpathian Convention>>

From CEEweb’s point of view:

Comments on the Convention with regards to tourism, 2003 (PDF)


The CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement between Governments, its aim is to ensure that international trade with specimens or parts of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

One of CEEweb’s Working Groups focuses on the enhancement of the implementation of the CITES in Central and Eastern Europe and pays special attention for the implementation of the provisions of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation [regulation (EC) 338/97] and relevant national laws in CEE countries. Read more about the activities of the CITES Working Group>>