Working Group on Environment
Subgroup on Nature Protection
The Nature Protection Subgroup (NPS) of the Working Group on Environment of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council implements and coordinates cooperation in the field of biodiversity and habitat conservation in the Barents region.
There are significant gaps in the network of protected areas that need to be filled in. Work is required to identify areas, promising to turn into a stable and representative network of protected areas in the Barents region, as well as improving the management of protected areas in all four countries of the Barents alliance. The network is mainly developed through the Barents Protected Areas Network (BPAN), which is currently completing its second phase of implementation. The objective of the network of protected areas is to safeguard biodiversity, support natural ecosystems and maintain ecosystem services.
The Nature Protection Subgroup organizes biennially the Habitat Contact Forum – an international contact forum for habitat conservation – which gathers authorities, scientists and civil society representatives to discuss and exchange on current issues concerning forest and wetland conservation in the Barents region.
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Working programme 2014-2015 EN | RU
Activity report 2012-2013 EN
Contacts of the subgroup