Draft results of restoration study presented at workshop
On 28 September 2016, ECNC took part in a workshop in Brussels to present the draft outputs of the study Technical support in relation to the promotion of restoration in the context of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020.
The study aims to give the European Commission a better understanding of what is happening in relation to restoration activities in different Member States, sectors, and ecosystems across the EU, and how it can assist Member States in boosting restoration actions. It also aims to provide consistent analysis of ecosystem restoration activities and policies in different contexts across the EU.
The project team presented the details of the study and draft findings to stakeholders involved in or affected by restoration activities. The work is based on literature review, gathering case studies, an online survey (which collected 180 responses), 60 expert interviews, and collation of restoration data. The results are captured in four Technical Reports which were presented at the workshop, covering:
- A definition of restoration and an overview of the types of restoration activities across the EU and the key stakeholders involved.
- How much restoration is going on, and the socio-economic benefits of the restoration actions.
- The restoration sector currently: existing capacities, EU support, and existing constraints.
- Overcoming constraints for restoration: what could be done in the future by the EU and other stakeholders.
It was agreed that it is important to avoid using technical language, and that a lot of guidance already exists and decision-makers should be made aware of it. Following the workshop, the participants have shared a number of restoration guidance resources.
The study is being implemented under the leadership of Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec), in association with CEEweb for Biodiversity, ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation, Enetjärn Natur AB, and the University of Antwerp.