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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Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean. …   | Dutch

09 Dec 2014 | International news release

Adoption of the Message from Guadeloupe

Message from Guadeloupe: a roadmap for actions to 2020

 The international conference on biodiversity and climate change took place 21 to 25 October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island. The conference was co-organized by the Secretariat of the CBD, the European Commission (EC), the French Government, Guadeloupe Regional Council, the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and IUCN.  

21 Nov 2014 | News story

Presenting the Message from Guadeloupe

Make European Union Overseas the centre for action on biodiversity and climate change

International conference tackles biodiversity loss and climate change in European Union (EU) overseas entities and neighbouring regions. …  

30 Oct 2014 | News story

British Island Deputy Premier Kedrick Pickering and Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau at the conference

SIDS Conference, 1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa

Islands’ biodiversity is especially important due to the high number of endemic species they harbour and particularly threatened as islands are facing high impacts from climate change with rising sea level, increased ocean temperature and acidity affecting their surrounding marine environment , as well as more frequent and violent storms. Islands’ ecosystems also face threats like invasive species and development. Conserving islands’ biodiversity thanks to sustainable development is key to achieve international conservation targets. …  

07 Oct 2014 | Article

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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

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