Bosland conference – increasing opportunities for nature and society
Bosland, the largest forest and nature project in Flanders, was launched 10 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests together with ECNC and BOS+, co-organized the European Conference ‘Passion for Nature’, held in Lommel, Belgium, from 12 to 14 October 2016.
The conference showcased the achievements of the Bosland partnership and saw experts from across Europe address forest development, regional partnerships and nature conservation. The event, which is linked to the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, welcomed 120 participants. Interactive workshops, a knowledge market and a Bosland excursion provided opportunities for sharing experiences and passion.
In addition, local children and local, Flemish and European dignitaries shared their experiences with Bosland and stressed its importance on both a local and European level. They also expressed their support for the future development of Bosland in the coming years. The strong involvement of local people, and especially children, greatly inspired everyone present. It became clear why Bosland is considered to be the most child-friendly forest in Flanders.
Further information (in Dutch) is available on the Bosland website together with a report looking back on the first ten years of Bosland and the Bosland Manifesto, which shares expertise, experience and lessons learned (both documents are in English).
All presentations and documents will also soon be available on the Natura 2000 Communication Platform.