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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

Biodiversity meter unveiled in Delft

Natura 2000 Award 2016 - apply now!

CEEweb Annual Academy focuses on water and nature directives

Natura 2000 Communication Platform and LIFE Database to improve information sharing

Launch of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Boreal forests and lakes provide inspirational services to OpenNESS project team

Introducing our most recent Board members

CNVP joins the ECNC Network

Expert workshop discusses the valuation of ecosystems and their services

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

New issue of ECNC Update published

Nature Outlook deriving key messages for policymakers and stakeholders

Towards clustered policy briefs for biodiversity

Breaking barriers: Stakeholder and public engagement for Natura 2000 sites

Bojanatour: From vision to reality

ECNC projects heavily featured during Green Week 2015

Over two thousand visitors at lively nature market in Tilburg

Stakeholders discuss actions and cooperation at Second Boreal Seminar

Generously hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, this second Boreal Seminar was attended by 86 participants from a range of stakeholder organizations across the five Boreal Member States – Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Latvia. Organized by ECNC as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, this milestone event continues a process of networking, information sharing and knowledge building, of direct benefit to stakeholders as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.

The Boreal Seminar provided an important opportunity for participants to ensure progress in the Region towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets and brought expert stakeholders together to discuss, identify and (where possible) agree a range of cooperative actions which can be developed in future.

Over three days (5 to 7 October), the Boreal Seminar generated significant concrete outputs, a ‘Roadmap’ of agreed future (existing or planned) collaborative actions identified by participants for further development in future. The outcomes will be compiled into a report in the coming weeks, but focused on:

  • New conservation issues/priorities identified by participants as a basis for future cooperation actions, based in particular on the latest State of Nature Report.
  • Practical concrete actions and cooperation priorities, which can be developed and taken forward by various actors in the Region.
  • Sources of information and best practice experiences that capitalize on completed projects, available guidance and potential new proposals to increase synergies and collaboration opportunities.

Reflecting the urgency to demonstrate progress towards achieving the targets of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy in the short to medium term, the Seminar also provided an opportunity to consider new methods which can help to identify priorities for action.

Specific attention was given to the so-called ‘low hanging fruit’ approach – benefitting from the latest Article 17 reports, this approach involves identifying those species and/ or habitats for which measurable improvements of conservation status could be reached by means of some measures which are straightforward to implement and achievable in a short term.  Therefore, this Seminar enabled participants to consider whether or not, and if so how, the ‘low hanging fruit’ approach can lead to new opportunities for reaching favourable conservation status. The Boreal Seminar Document, prepared in advance of the Seminar, includes a description of the approach, as well as detailed descriptions of Boreal habitats: this can be found here.