EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Programme

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. Read more about the IUCN Programme on Europe overseas here.

Click on the dots of the map below (purple – Denmark, green – France, yellow – the Netherlands, pink – Portugal, orange – Spain, blue – the United Kingdom, grey - legal status under dispute) to discover each of the Europe overseas territory and region. Alternatively, the list by region can be seen here.


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The designation of geographical entities on this webpage and the presentation of the material, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of IUCN concerning the legal status of any country, territory, or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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Mounting pressure for marine protection

IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world. …  

20 Feb 2015 | News story

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Over €6 million boost for nature conservation in European Overseas Countries and Territories

There’s good news for biodiversity conservation in the millions of square kilometres of land and ocean that make up European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories with the launch of a grants fund of over €6 million to be coordinated by IUCN.  …  

10 Feb 2015 | News story

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New funding opportunities for environmental projects in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories

One of the strategic orientations coming from the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change conference, held in Guadeloupe in October 2014, stressed the need for facilitated access to funding for European Overseas entities’ stakeholders, especially to small grants, and for regional partnerships. With its BEST 2.0 programme, the European Commission is providing new funding opportunities for projects in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). …  

04 Feb 2015 | News story

Saba from the Sea

International Recognition for Protected Areas and Species in the Dutch Caribbean

Nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean just took a giant leap toward a more sustainable future with international recognition of three more or our protected areas and six more species, including our most important reef building corals. The Saba National Marine Park, the Man O’ War Shoal Marine Park on St. Maarten and the St. Eustatius National Marine Park are now officially recognized as protected areas under the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).
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20 Jan 2015 | News story

DG DEVCO lunch time conference on the BEST initiative

Contributing to global biodiversity - the BEST initiative

EU DG DEVCO lunch time conference on ‘Contributing to global biodiversity’ features the BEST initiative.  

13 Jan 2015 | Article

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