The NATUROPA Information and Documentation Centre on Nature Conservation was set up in 1967 to heighten, in parallel with or rather in addition to government action, the awareness of the public, the voluntary sector and environmental users and decision-makers.

In addition to its Secretariat in Strasbourg, the Centre's fulcrum is its network of National Agencies (one in each Council of Europe member state) and correspondents (in some non-member countries).

Today, the efforts of the Centre are aimed at the implementation of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy. In concrete terms, the Centre, with the World Conservation Union, is responsible for the co-ordinatioin of the work programme for Action Theme 3 ("Raising awareness and support with policy-makers and the public") of the Strategy's First Action Plan.

The Centre NATUROPA's knowledge and resources are made available both to the people in charge of the Strategy and to the public through numerous initiatives and in various forms.

Its Publications

The magazine Naturopa, which covers specific topics in each issue, is published three times a year in four languages (English, French, Italian and German). Its articles are written by European specialists in different fields: biologists, jurists, representatives of international organisations and conventions, etc. Naturopa is distributed throughout Europe by the Centre's National Agencies.

A bi-monthly bulletin of eight pages in five languages (English, French, Italian, German and Russian) informs our national and international partners on the state of progress of the Pan-European Strategy.

Brochures, seminar and colloquy proceedings, studies and educational folders are also published by the Centre.

The Documentation Centre

The Centre's library manages a documentation and information collection which contains more than 5000 books and 250 magazines, all accessible to the public and experts. A bi-monthly library bulletin gives details of the documentation centre's latest acquisitions. Bulletins containing a selective bibliography on Naturopa's themes are published as a complement to this magazine.


The Centre has also distinguished itself by the organisation of two major awareness campaigns, the first being European Conservation Year 1970 and the second European Nature Conservation Year 1995. Other campaigns have also been organised in order to draw attention to specific topics such as soil, freshwater, wetlands, farming and wildlife, etc. All these campaigns have met with great success and have given the Centre the opportunity of developing new and enriching contacts with NGOs, local and regional authorities and research institutions.

The European Diploma

The European Diploma is undoubtedly the most effective way of conserving Europe's outstanding natural sites. It is awarded to sites of European importance from the point of view of fauna, flora and landscape and which are particularly well protected. The protected area must be subject to stringent protection and integrate successfully nature conservation and certain human activities. The Diploma is awarded for a five year period and is renewable.

The Council of Europe has also produced a Questions and Answers series of publications :

* No. 1 - Biodiversity
*No. 2 - Agriculture and biodiversity
*No. 3 - Tourism and Environment

For further information contact the Centre Naturopa at the address below or click here to visit their website. A list of reports are also available in French.

Information Source

Prepared by ...
Hélène Bouguessa
Centre Naturopa
Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France
Telephone +33(0) 3 88 41 20 00 Facsimile +33 (0) 3 88 41 27 15
E-Mail [email protected] Web URL www:http://www.coe.fr