ECNC Group profile
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In 2009 ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation and the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation; the ECNC Group was born. The ECNC Group consists of two units: 'Biodiversity & Nature' (ECNC), located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and 'Coastal & Marine' (EUCC), located in Leiden, also in the Netherlands. The members of the ECNC Group are ECNC, EUCC and the Centro Mediterráneo, located in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, EuroNatur, the NatureBureau and EECONET Action Fund are observers of the ECNC Group.

Institutional basis

The ECNC Group has a common Board, a joint Scientific Council, a joint Management Team, and also common Regional Offices, which are:

Besides these regional offices, the ECNC Group has representation units in:

Currently the establishment of an ECNC Group regional Nordic Office in Helsinki, Finland, is being explored.


The ECNC Group is dedicated to a sustainable and beautiful Europe for present and future generations, based on rich biodiversity, healthy ecosystems and strong linkages between nature and society. It promotes sustainable, integrated policy approaches to land, sea and coast and actively stimulates interaction, communication and bridges between science, society and policy. Priority themes of the ECNC Group are:

Geographical focus

The ECNC Group’s focus is on Europe, adjacent and related overseas territories and on global approaches for issues which require cross-continental cooperation. The ECNC Group definition of Europe follows the UN-ECE (which includes Caucasus and Central Asia) and also includes the entire Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

European Economic Interest Grouping

The ECNC Group’s legal structure is a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), an entity based on EC law, to facilitate and encourage international and cross-border cooperation. The purpose of such a grouping is to support or develop the activities of its members by a pooling of resources, activities or skills. This will produce better results than the members acting alone.

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