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Secretariat of the Agreement on the
Conservation of Populations of European


Through EUROBATS 65 range states and numerous Non-Governmental Organizations are working closely together for the conservation of bats throughout Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle E ast.

Bats play a significant role in the ecosystems they inhabit. In Europe, bats hunt insects such as mosquitoes and moths, making bats an important link in the ecological chain. Their nutritional requirements also help prevent occasional plagues of insects. However, human activities have caused deterioration of vital bat habitats, such as forests and wetlands. This has led to a drastic decline in the European bat populations, which in turn could influence entire ecosystems.

The Agreement on the Conservation of the Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS) was set up in 1991 by range states after recognizing the unfavorable conservation status of bats in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. It aims to protect all 53 species of bats identified in the agreement area, through legislation, education, conservation measures and international co-operation with Agreement members and with countries which have not yet joined.

(Source: UN Bonn Information)

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