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Meetings of the Parties

18th Meeting of the Standing Committee, 30 November – 4 December 1998, Strasburg (France): The Permanent Committee adopted a resolution (Resolution no.5) for the establishment of the 'Emerald Network', a network of areas requiring special protection with the purpose to protect wildlife and their natural habitats in Europe. (The European Union in order to fulfill its obligations as a member of the Vienna Convention, adopted the Habitats Directive (1992) and founded the network of protected areas 'Natura 2000').