LIFE Platform meeting on restoration of sand dune habitats
As part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, more than 80 participants from 13 countries gathered in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, from 15 to 17 June 2016 to discuss ways to improve the favourable conservation status of coastal and inland dunes.
Over the course of the three-day LIFE Platform workshop, participants shared knowledge and practical management experiences about measures required to improve the condition of dune habitats across Europe. Although the focus was on the Atlantic biogeographical region, case studies were included from the Boreal and Continental regions: this reflects the primary focus of the workshop to explore the opportunities to develop increasingly integrated approaches to dune management and build new know-how at European level as a means to achieve progress towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, in particular Target 1.
Drawing on current and recently concluded LIFE projects, more than 15 case studies were presented during the networking event as well as during the Knowledge Market. Breakout groups considered specific management issues and the scope for increased cooperative solutions in relation to, for example, mosaic management in dune landscapes, treatment and advance warning requirements for invasive alien species, the impacts of climate change, the role of key species (including rabbits) and the value in seeking to update best practice guidance. Two site visits by bike also formed an integral part of the programme to enable participants to see ‘in the field’ how management actions were being implemented and also the results being achieved.
This event was generously hosted by PWN and Waternet, the Netherlands, supported by the European Commission, and co-organized by NEEMO and ECNC as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Our grateful thanks go to all involved, especially the expert guides during the site visits.
More information can be found on the event page.