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Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation should and can go hand in hand! To share knowledge and experience, Eurosite established the 'Agriculture and Biodiversity Working Group': https://t.co/fPfmCuyzEJ https://t.co/vrYyAtwJQv
Most Dutch curlew chicks already replaced fluffiness by feathers. And as the end of the breeding season is nearing, less chicks are left to follow. However, each found alive in the smallest ditch or unmown edge keeps proving the necessity of these structures in our farmland. https://t.co/z1br3Dnscj
The Global Press #Peat Campaign was kicked off this week by @NorthPennAONB, bringing together initiatives to highlight the importance of peatlands as vulnerable but valuable ecosystems ahead of #COP26.
Next: @CarePeat partner @MijnNatuurpunt
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Here you can find events hosted by Eurosite, Eurosite members and other organisations from across Europe (and sometimes outwith Europe) which could be of interest to European site managers.
ECONOMICS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (EES) WORKING GROUP
Eurosite's EES Working Group helps and supports members to take action on these issues and make ecosystem services work for them. Its goals are to:
- Increase the number of protected areas implementing ecosystem services planning;
- Increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of protecting and enhancing ecosystem services.
The EES Working Group was formed in 2013, meets regularly throughout the year and holds annual workshops on topics such as carbon sequestration.
- Developing an elaborated training programme on ecosystem services for site managers
WETLANDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (WCC) WORKING GROUP
Building on wetlands and climate change work from 2014 and on request of Eurosite members, Eurosite established the Wetlands and Climate Change working group with the objectives to:
- Increase exchange of knowledge on ecosystem-based approaches to adapt to and mitigate global climate change and adapting wetlands to global climate change;
- Share information on international initiatives on wetlands and climate change;
- Follow and react to the developments of policy and practice in relation to wetlands and climate change and their effects on the Natura 2000 network, and advocate best possible approaches;
- Cooperate on the development of joint projects and identify funding sources.
EUROSITE MANAGEMENT PLANNING EXPERT GROUP (EMPEG)
Ever since our establishment in 1989 Eurosite has been providing guidance to its members, and the broader site managers' community, on how to prepare high quality management plans for their sites, considering all the relevant aspects and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders. As part of this work Eurosite has prepared several versions of Guidance on Management Planning, with the latest one dating back to 2005.
In the beginning of 2018 Eurosite established the Management Planning Expert Group with the goal to produce an updated version of the Eurosite Management Planning Guidance. During the Annual General Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2018, the Members of Eurosite have agreed to maintain this Expert Group as a permanent Working Group within Eurosite.
EUROSITE PEATLAND RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT GROUP (PRMG) - THEMATIC TWINNING
Building on the Interreg NWE funded project Care-Peat, the transnational Peatland Restoration and Management Group (PRMG) was established within Eurosite. The role of the Group will be to share knowledge, experiences and the development of new (transnational) projects around peatland restoration and management also beyond the Care-Peat Project and in the long term.
The PRMG aims to:
- facilitate the knowledge exchange of peatland restoration, research, and management across the EU and build the knowledge base and examples of good practice;
- involve as many relevant organisations and peatland projects as possible, tackling various issues related to peatland restoration and management;
- developing an action plan for the roll-out of peatland restoration in NEW-region and wider.
EUROSITE REMOTE SENSING SUPPORT GROUP (ERSSG)
In 2019, Eurosite organised the 4th Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop to bring these matters closer to managers of sites protected for nature conservation. The workshop was one of the networking events of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Here, the role of satellite and drone images in conservation monitoring and the usefulness of open source software packages that can increase the efficiency, accuracy and precision of our work was discussed. You can find the workshop report here. One of the main results of this fruitful meeting was the conclusion that there is a high demand among Eurosite members to create a new, permanent working group focused directly on remote sensing, hence the establishment of the ERSSG.
The ERSSG will focus on developing innovative, open tools supporting open access to biodiversity spatial data. The official strategy of the working group is currently being developed.
Photo by Edyta Mazur (Regional Board of Infrastructure in Kraków, Life Pustynia Błędowska)
Eurosite members are organisations and individuals from all over Europe committed to our vision.