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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

Continental, Pannonian, Black Sea and Steppic Biogeographical Kick-off Seminar

One hundred and fifteen participants representing 14 Member States attended the Continental, Pannonian, Black Sea and Steppic Biogeographical Kick-off Seminar, which took place in Luxembourg from 29 June to 1 July 2015. The event was hosted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures (Environment Department) and represented one of the first international events organised at the beginning of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU.

In his opening speech, Mr Camille Gira, the State Secretary for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure made a strong case for a better and more effective implementation of the nature directives. In this, he welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to support the Member States in this task through the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. In addition, he said that during the Luxembourg Presidency, a clear message would be given that the nature directives should not be re-opened for review as an outcome of the refit process.

Following the opening session, participants joined one of three excellent excursions to the north, east, west and south of the Grand Duchy, Belgium and France. The visits included the Müllerthal Region, the Our Valley and the freshwater mussel nursery, dry grasslands and rocks of the Sierck region (France), the restored gravel pits at Haff Réimech (a wetland of international importance), the man-made landscape resulting from open pit land mining at Prenzebierg-Giele-Botter, and the restored dry grasslands at La Praille (Belgium).

On the second day, issues and barriers related to habitat conservation and solutions for how to overcome these were discussed in four habitat group sessions. Participants contributed actively through facilitated group work. Important issues raised and discussed included the need to make a better use of agri-environmental payments, adopting integrated and inclusive approaches to habitat management planning, monitoring and assessment of habitat conservation status, and the need to improve coherence between sectoral policies affecting nature conservation. Participants stressed the importance of having more exchange and gathering of good and bad practice examples for common issues.

In the evening, over thirty-five projects and initiatives took part in the animated Knowledge Market which was opened by Ms Pia Bucella, Director of Natural Capital at DG Environment, along with Mr Gira. Finally, after much networking and informal exchanges that took place during the breaks, lunches and dinners, on day three the results of the group work were presented and discussed in plenary. The rich harvest of ideas from this seminar will form the starting point for follow-up actions starting in Autumn 2015.

Background information and the presentations can be found here.