Nature and Society


Skills for local biodiversity

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is a global challenge in need of local solutions. International and national policies regarding biodiversity set the general targets in strategies and action plans, but the real challenge is to integrate these into local and regional plans and projects. As there has been little coordination between local and regional responses to the policy targets, different strategies and solutions have been developed across Europe.

Many interesting and innovative biodiversity vocational training methods and techniques remain trapped inside their geographical, cultural and linguistic cage. A joint European level project is the best way to transfer existing biodiversity training approaches and make them available to a larger audience of local administrations' staff.


This project aimed to pool and disseminate the innovative approaches that have been developed at regional level, to increase the professional skills of civil servants in integrating biodiversity into sectoral policies, plans and actions. Existing best practices and materials regarding biodiversity training were inventoried and provided the elements to develop a training method that was tested and applied in the five project countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Time frame

The project duration was two years: from 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2012.



The project was financed through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme 'Leonardo da Vinci' under the Transfer of Innovation strand.