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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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

Adult Antarctic Krill

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

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