Our region is becoming recognized worldwide for its exceptional natural values. It is our responsibility to balance conservation of our gorgeous rivers, high value forests, unique coastline and wildlife with the opportunities they provide for development.
We believe that recognizing the full value of nature is an important step in the process.
Here you will find data, stories and best practice examples of how natural values can be sustainably used to contribute to the economic and social development of our region.
We hope that these arguments will encourage:
Protected areas make up 14 % of the total area of the region
Total surface of protected areas is 52150km2Source
43% of forest areas in the region are certified
Area covered by forrests is 110853km2Source
Exceptional river parts make 66% of total watercourse
Total length of ananlyzed rivers 8.739kmSource