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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

European biodiversity indicator process revitalized

Promoting sustainable tourism in Uzundere through the QualityDestination programme

New issue of ECNC Update published

Natura 2000 Award 2016 - Deadline extended until 15 December!

Tackling nitrogen deposition in nature areas requires an integrated approach

Ecosystem services for nature, people and prosperity

Seminar discusses Natura 2000 management issues

Data to underpin Dutch Parliament view on EU nature legislation

’Eco-crossovers’ in the German–Dutch Euregio Rhine-Waal

How small businesses operationalise ecosystem services

New issue of ECNC Update published

ECNC networking for Europe’s nature and biodiversity

ECNC projects heavily featured during Green Week 2015


‘Nature – our health, our wealth’ was the theme of this year’s EU Green week – plenty of reason, therefore, for ECNC staff to participate in this annual large-scale environmental conference in Brussels.

ECNC contributed to the conference by presenting and promoting its work on the OpenNESS project. This EU-funded research project is about transforming the knowledge on ecosystem services and natural capital into practical applications, and was thus ideally placed in an exhibition stand on nature-based solutions, biodiversity and climate change. This stand was organized by the EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and brought together four related research projects: OpenNESS, the twin project OPERAs, the freshwater biodiversity project BioFresh, and LUC4C on land use and climate change. The stand attracted a lot of interest from the hundreds of event participants, including business, research, policy, and NGOs. In addition to the stand, ECNC also promoted Oppla, the knowledge-sharing platform jointly developed by OpenNESS and OPERAs. ‘Oppla agents’ cruised the conference venue, proactively raising awareness and attracting the involvement of many of the participants.

At a Green Week side event on 3 June in Brussels, ECNC Adviser on Rural Development Peter van der Goot served as a discussant during the 2nd EU level workshop in the context of the HERCULES project on Landscape Stewardship: Integrating a broad suite of landscape values into rural development policies. Landscape governance has most typically followed a preservation approach throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, comprising the designation of special sites. This has more recently been complemented by a landscape stewardship approach, understood as a way of collaboratively managing landscape values and preferences deemed important to a range of stakeholder groups. Landscape stewardship is centered on everyday, often rural and periurban, landscapes that are exposed to multiple societal demands, whether for infrastructure purposes, urbanization, agricultural-land uses, or outdoor recreation. Here, decision-making involves many stakeholders, ranging from farmers and local residents to tourists and nature conservationists. In the workshop, it was examined how Europe could contribute towards improving the effectiveness of innovative models of landscape stewardship, such as well-designed integrated landscape initiatives, to enable better management of their resources, take advantage of their potentials and mitigate their constraints. The presentations and discussions gave a clear insight into the development of scientific research in the matter, the demands by stakeholders like landowners, farmers, urban functions and tourism, and the practical issues that come together with landscape development plans.

At the invitation of the Committee of Regions, Neil McIntosh participated in the session on Thursday 4th June, entitled, Nature 2000 as a source of regional identity and values. During this session he presented the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, which ECNC leads on behalf of the European Commission. As part of his presentation, Neil highlighted the strategic context of the Process, the contribution to the EU’s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and four best practice case studies which had been presented at the December 2014 conference organised for the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity entitled “Natura 2000 in Action”. As part of the process, ECNC is supporting the development and implementation of a series of networking events and Biogeographical Seminars, as well as the development of the dedicated web-based resource for information, events and knowledge materials relevant to Natura 2000 across the EU. The session was attended by over 60 participants. It was ably moderated by CoR Board member Roby Biwer and several ideas for follow-up were identified to continue to grow the links between regional authorities with responsibilities for implementation of Natura 2000 and the Natura 2000 experts being mobilised through the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.