Joint Statement On the Expansion of the Emerald Network in Countries of the Western Balkans by scientists and representatives of NGOs
Upper Drina river. Photo: Dobrica Mitrović
Statement | 13 February 2023
In early December 2022, 39 scientists and representatives of NGOs from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Switzerland joined efforts to prepare a shadow list and a map of 88 potential Emerald sites that need to be added to the Emerald Network by the signatory countries of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) in the Western Balkans. The results were based on the latest available data and our knowledge of the distribution and conservation of more than 50 fish species of European importance.