ECNC - European Centre for Nature Conservation
ECNC is an independent European expertise centre for biodiversity and sustainable development, working in over 60 European and Central Asian countries, and supporting various global processes. ECNC’s mission is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Europe’s nature and biodiversity, because of their intrinsic values and their relevance to our economy and culture.
ECNC provides a bridge between policy and science and society on the one hand, and ecology and economy on the other, allowing us to strongly contribute to greener and more resource efficient economies.
We work intensively with intergovernmental and supranational organizations and processes, in particular the European Union, its Commission and all its 27 Member States, as well as with the European Environment Agency, the Council of Europe and the European office of the United Nations Environment Programme. We have strong working relationships with many other organizations, such as IUCN and REC-Regional Environmental Center.
ECNC has run or contributed to over 220 projects since its establishment in 1993, in nearly every corner of Europe and in various cases spanning the entire continent. ECNC has a regional office for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, based in Zagreb, Croatia, with active support from the Croatian Ministry of Culture.
ECNC coordinates or is part of a number of other important European networks, such as the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, the EU Coordination Group on Biodiversity and Nature, the European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, the European Habitats Forum, the Wild Europe Initiative and the European Bison Conservation Centre (EBCC).