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 73 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.