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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

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EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

Bank On Nature

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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

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ECNC welcomes a new Network partner

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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

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EC launches public consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy

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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

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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

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UN Biodiversity Conference: commitments for action on biodiversity

New French Agency for Biodiversity

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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

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New issue of ECNC Update published

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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

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Draft results of restoration study presented at workshop

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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

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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

Conference on the EU Action Plan for nature


On 6 June 2017 the European Commission, in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, held a conference to officially present the Action Plan for nature, people and economy to relevant authorities and stakeholders.

In April this year the European Commission published its Communication on the Action Plan for nature, people and economy, which comes as a follow up to the comprehensive evaluation of the Nature Directives launched by the Commission in the form of a ’Fitness Check’ in 2014. The Fitness Check found that, as part of broader EU biodiversity policy, the Nature Directives are fit for purpose, but that achieving their objectives and realising their full potential will depend upon substantially improving their implementation. The Action Plan should improve the practical implementation of the Nature Directives and help us move closer to stopping the loss of biodiversity and achieving the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.

The conference followed up on one of the actions (13) from the Action Plan. It was well attended by representatives of all sectors identified as important partners in implementing the different actions, and the Action Plan was positively received by everyone.

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process is integral to the Action Plan. In particular, Action 6 of the Action Plan reflects this with the explicit aim being to bring together public authorities and stakeholders from different Member States at the biogeographical region level to address common challenges, including on cross-border issues. (ECNC leads the consortium of partners that support the EC in the development and implementation of the Process.)

Details of all individual actions have been published in the form of Factsheets (now available in all official languages of the EU).

The main message of the conference was nicely summarised by the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Frans Timmermans:
‘The biggest challenge our generation and our kids’ generation face is that we now have to decrease the burden we put on Mother Earth. If we do not succeed in decreasing that burden, Mother Earth will not be able to sustain us. . . . The burden is on us to prove that you can have a highly sophisticated society with high levels of social protection and still decrease the burden we put on our natural resources. . . . The successful economy and society of the future is a society that does not deplete our natural resources and that is in balance, in harmony, with its natural environment.‘
 
More information about the conference, including a video recording, can be found here.

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