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Green Week 2017: Green jobs for a greener future

New issue of ECNC Update published

Conference on the EU Action Plan for nature

Connecting Nature officially launched

NATURE@work - EEA photography competition

Let’s Talk About Data - Wildlife recording

Oppla insight event: making nature-based solutions work for business

European Natura 2000 Award 2018: Calls are open!

Applications open for 2020 European Green Capital and 2019 European Green Leaf Awards

Celebrate nature on 5 June!

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity

EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

Bank On Nature

New issue of ECNC Update published

New report on the state of the UK's birds

Green Week 2017 – The transition towards a circular economy

25th anniversary of LIFE and the Habitats Directive

OpenNESS partners reflect on progress and impact

ECNC welcomes a new Network partner

Sea turtles and ‘plastic soup’ in the classroom

New issue of ECNC Update published

Nature Outlook report to be presented in Brussels

Healthy Seas in 2016 - more nets collected and exciting new activities

Ecosystem services and EU regulatory frameworks: How can Oppla help?

European Commission adopts the Environmental Implementation Review

EC launches public consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy

Today is World Wetlands Day

Successful Healthy Seas beach clean-up with schoolkids

New EEA report on climate change in Europe

PISCO/UNS publication on the science of marine protected areas

New issue of ECNC Update published

2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

EU guide to environmental directives

Video message by Commissioner Vella in support of Healthy Seas

Ecosystem services seminar presentations available online

ALTER-Net team publishes paper on nature-based solutions

UN Biodiversity Conference: commitments for action on biodiversity

New French Agency for Biodiversity

New issue of ECNC Update published

Healthy Seas fashion exhibition in the Netherlands

IAGC and Healthy Seas announce ocean ghostnet clean-up partnership

Statement by Commissioner Vella on the Nature Directives Fitness Check

Oppla all set to serve European projects

New issue of ECNC Update published

Fruit and biodiversity in the Euregio Rhine-Waal

OpenNESS at the third EU Business and Biodiversity annual meeting

Sustainable Development: EU sets out its priorities

Users very enthusiastic about Oppla

Record number of cities apply for European Green Capital 2019 and European Green Leaf 2018 Awards

Second Atlantic Seminar: Knowledge exchange and roadmap for future cooperation

OpenNESS case studies to inspire European site managers

European companies awarded for their green business solutions

New issue of ECNC Update published

Bosland conference - increasing opportunities for nature and society

Stakeholders discuss actions and cooperation at Second Boreal Seminar

Draft results of restoration study presented at workshop

Embracing Estuaries – workshop results published

The 'umbrella effect' of Natura 2000

Bracenet develops fashion bracelets from ghost nets

Support the People4Soil initiative

Ecosystem services: We must now deliver societal impact

What the EU should do to better protect nature in Europe

Best practice in restoration

EEA ‘My City’ photo competition: public vote now open

Nature lends a hand

Launching Oppla: a global platform for nature-based solutions

European Commission adopts first EU list of invasive species

Enter the Green-Go short film contest 2016!

Registration now open for conference ‘Bosland 10 years – Passion for Nature’

New issue of ECNC Update published

Registration open for study workshop on restoration and the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020

Sharing knowledge and experience for regions and biodiversity

New issue of ECNC Update published

LIFE Platform meeting on restoration of sand dune habitats

Implementing ecosystem restoration and green infrastructure in Europe

Nature supports Europe’s sustainable cities

Food and health the focus of Tilburg Nature Market 2016

New issue of ECNC Update published

2016 Natura 2000 Award winners announced

Workshop on Mediterranean forest management and Natura 2000

OpenNESS annual meeting reflects on four years of work

New issue of ECNC Update published

ECNC and Lithuanian Government preparing the Second Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar

People 4 Soil initiative

Symposium 'Biodiversity in the Netherlands, one step beyond'

Odra Delta Nature Park - testing new business models

Finalists of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award announced

New issue of ECNC Update published

Call for practical restoration evidence for new EU study on ecosystem restoration

Vote for the European Natura 2000 Citizens’ Award!

Research to support innovating with nature

Department of Landscape Architecture, Ankara University, joins ECNC Network

New issue of ECNC Update published

Integrating nature into circular economy

Quality Destination in action!

New project to promote ecosystem restoration

European Ecosystem Services Conference: call for sessions open!

New issue of ECNC Update published

Land and Soil Management Award – Apply now!

Alpine Grassland Management Workshop addresses long-term protection of grasslands

Research to support innovating with nature

There is a need for a major transition in society to support the global aim for a more sustainable future. Nature has tremendous potential to support such a transition through the benefits it provides to human well-being. Research supports the knowledge base that is required to enable a nature-based transition.

These are some of the key points from a policy day ‘Innovating with nature’ that was held on 1 March 2016 in Brussels. The meeting was hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and organized by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation with two of its research projects on turning ecosystem services into practice: OpenNESS and OPERAs. ECNC co-organized the event as part of the OpenNESS project.

In her opening statement, Mrs Pietikäinen referred to the current biocrisis, with the global population consuming the production of 1.5 planets per year. In a panel discussion, she and her colleague MEPs Auken and Demesmaeker stressed the importance of nature-based solutions (NBS) for achieving a more sustainable future and the need to ‘teach the policymakers’. The Horizon 2020 research funding programme supports such knowledge building, said Mr Kurt Vandenberghe, Director at DG R&I, and also supports networking and community building to upscale NBS. According to the EC Joint Research Centre, he said, for every 1% land take 2.2% compensation through green infrastructure is needed. Nature has to become an integral part of the development portfolio.

Mr Mari van Dreumel, on behalf of the Dutch EU Presidency, reiterated the need for cooperation between science and policy and called for scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to explore the potential of natural capital and ecosystem services to provide innovative solutions for a circular economy. The panel was also joined by Mr Xavier Le Roux, CEO at the European biodiversity research funding and networking body BiodivERsA, who referred to the existing NBS community in Europe and the many success stories of real-life implementation. What is needed is for all stakeholders to come out of their comfort zone, co-design options with nature, and engage stakeholders to achieve a fully systemic approach.

Collaboration came out as a key need to achieve the full integration of solutions offered by nature when combating the effects of climate change, preventing flooding, offering urban green space to increase leisure and health, and many more challenges in society.

A number of examples from the OpenNESS and OPERAs projects demonstrated how research can support policymaking. Also, the 220 participants were invited to join a new collaboration platform developed by OPERAs and OpenNESS, called Oppla, and to share experience and ask questions online to help develop nature-based innovation. This Oppla service will equally allow citizens to get engaged in the dialogue with science and policy. During a question-and-answer session European Commission officials expressed demands they have regarding NBS, and researchers from both projects showed how the projects help answer these demands. These illustrated how the project contributed to the DG R&I priorities of open science, open innovation and being open to the world, and how they contribute to the Juncker agenda for innovation, green growth and job development.