Annual report

Highlights of activities in 2012


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ECNC was founded in 1993 as a European think-tank for nature conservation. In 2013, we celebrate our 20th anniversary by confirming our commitment to achieving the conservation and sustainable use of Europe’s nature for the sake of both nature and people. ECNC is as vigorous as ever and the increasing awareness of people throughout Europe about the importance of biodiversity gives us confidence in the future.

In spite of the difficulties faced by economies at all levels, it is heartening to see the increasing awareness of the need to green our economies and to green businesses. More and more enterprises are prioritizing biodiversity and sustainability in their operations and regional governments are developing a more proactive approach towards biodiversity.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are vital pillars for greening economies, as well as for innovation. They can create jobs and assist in local economic development, which is geared to environmental conditions and social identity.

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This publication is financially supported by the European Commission LIFE+ programme.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of activities in 2011

As we write this message, 2012 is well under way. ECNC continues to forge ahead, driven by our passion for people and biodiversity, whilst highlighting and promoting the services that biodiversity brings to the economy, including job creation.

Many changes are taking place in the world: economies in recession, conflicts, a rise in extreme weather events, etc. There are many reasons to feel uncertain about the future. As a result, fear and self-interest are growing in our societies, politics and economies. As the economic climate becomes harsher and resources scarcer, some governments are giving lower priority to nature and environmental conservation, which makes the challenge to organizations such as ECNC even greater.

However, this is not the whole story. Fortunately, awareness of the need to green our economies and to green businesses is increasing rapidly, not least in the business sector itself.

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Report of activities for 2010

2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) and the year of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The IYB was celebrated during a period of severe financial and economic hardship. Despite the high biodiversity ambitions in national and international policy documents for 2010, overall governments’ budgets for biodiversity and staffing declined considerably, sometimes even dramatically. This had its impact on international organizations like ECNC. Enormous efforts were required for ECNC to maintain its activities for biodiversity and sustainable development at the same level.

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  The year 2010 in review