EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories Programme

The European Union (EU) includes 34 overseas territories: 8 Outermost Regions and 26 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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West Indian Flamingos

The Andros West Side National Park, home of the national bird of the Bahamas

The Andros West Side National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the Western Atlantic/Caribbean region, located in the Astros Island, the Bahamas. It was first established in 2002 under management of The Bahamas National Trust and it encompasses areas of significant wetlands, extensive mangroves, and pine upland habitats that support exceptional natural systems on Andros. The Andros West Side National Park is also the home of the national bird of the Bahamas, the endangered West Indian flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber). …  

17 Sep 2014 | Fact sheet

Bonaire kid

Benefits of Valuing Nature for the Caribbean Netherlands

A research conducted between 2012 and 2014 not only values the ecosystem services provided by the three islands’ natural world, but produces reports and policy briefs for decision-makers with guidance on how to maintain these values for the benefit of the economy. …  

26 Aug 2014 | Article

Louis Galantine, Regional Councillor, Guadeloupe

Strengthening islands’ climate change resilience at La Réunion conference

Islands are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They are often densely populated, yet face rising sea levels, water scarcity and natural disasters such as storms and floods. But regional governments and island states also have ample opportunities to lead on both adaptation and mitigation and are often already doing so. …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

IUCN Oceania Regional Director, Taholo Kami (left) and Interim PIDF Secretary General, Feleti Teo, after the signing in Nadi, Fiji.

Pacific Islands Development Forum signs agreement with IUCN

IUCN and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) entered into an agreement on June 20 declaring their commitment to collaborate on initiatives related to sustainable development, particularly in advancing the concept of a green economy. …  

23 Jun 2014 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

On the frontline – helping island states face up to climate change

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are at the forefront of climate change — they’re the first to feel the impacts and are among those taking the lead in tackling this ever-growing threat. …  

05 Jun 2014 | News story

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