Nature Protection

Working Group on Environment

Subgroup on Nature Protection

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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. 

Areas of particular importance for biodiversity should be protected through ecologically representative networks of protected areas. There are still gaps in the network of protected areas in the Barents Region. The Barents Protected Area Network (BPAN) is a major initiative of the NPS. Its main aim is to safeguard biodiversity and maintain the ecosystem services of the region. In December 2017 its second phase, which focused on forests that are especially important for biodiversity, ended. The project on high conservation value forests compiled extensive data on these forests, and the results can be used when further developing the protected area network of the Barents Region. 

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. 


Browse the subgroup documents

 Working programme 2014-2015 EN | RU 

Activity report 2012-2013 EN

Contacts of the subgroup


Project funding in Barents

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