Environmental profiles

European Union: BEST initiative

The European Union (EU) includes 34 overseas territories: 9 Outermost Regions and 25 Overseas Countries and Territories. They are linked to 6 Member States: Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Found in every ocean, from polar to tropical latitudes, they are home to a unique diversity of species and ecosystems of global significance, which are highly vulnerable to human impacts and increasingly the impacts of climate change.

IUCN EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Progamme contributes to the protection of this biodiversity and its integration into climate change adaptation strategies.

BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas.The objective of BEST is to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories.

Environmental profiles (draft)

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