Breaking barriers: Stakeholder and public engagement for Natura 2000 sites
As part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process and linking to Bristol’s European Green Capital programme, ECNC organized a two-day workshop: ‘Breaking barriers: Stakeholder and public engagement for Natura 2000 sites’, hosted by ECNC Network partner the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC).
This event was jointly prepared by ECNC and the BNHC to share information, knowledge and experiences about methods and approaches required for effective public communication and outreach with respect to nature generally and Natura 2000 in particular. The main aim was to discuss and define how to ‘break down the barriers’ that are often identified in communication about the importance of nature, its conservation and policies, and enable people and non-environmental organizations to engage positively for and with nature. During the event lively discussions were held in round-table panels, focusing on the role of the Natura 2000 Communication Platform and its use for stakeholders as well as effective public engagement for Natura 2000 management. Experienced professionals and experts from various backgrounds (state institutions, city representatives, NGOs and consultants, universities, communication companies) participated in the event. The Festival of Nature in Bristol was launched at the end of the first day.
On the second day of the event there was time for a series of interventions and the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field during site visits to Avon Gorge and Downs.
The workshop was held in the Bristol 2015 Lab Space on 11 and 12 June 2015.
More information on the workshop can be found here.