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A Europe where nature is cared for,
protected, restored and valued by all

About Eurosite

Eurosite is working to create a Europe where nature is cared for, protected, restored and valued by all. We do this by providing practitioners with opportunities to network and exchange experience on practical nature management.

We are a network of natural site managers bringing together non-governmental as well as governmental organisations, and individuals committed to our vision. Nature knows no boundaries: we believe the future protection and conservation of Europe's nature will only be achieved through international cooperation.

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Save the date: 3rd Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour

After two successful previous editions of the Natural Climate Buffer Study Tours in the Netherlands in 2018 and Scotland in 2019, we are happy to announce that a third edition is planned for 27-29 September 2021, kindly hosted by the Community Wetland Forum in Ireland. (Disclaimer: subject to Covid restrictions). Please keep an eye on…

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New Eurosite working group on biodiversity conservation and agriculture

Various Eurosite members expressed the need for a place to exchange knowledge and experience on biodiversity conservation in relation to agriculture. Therefore, at its most recent Board meeting, the Eurosite Board agreed with establishing such a working group, because biodiversity on farmland and nature-inclusive agricultural business models are becoming more and more relevant topics in…

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Second Eurosite remote sensing webinar series

This next series of webinars provided by the Eurosite Remote Sensing Support Group focuses on ‘Roles of satellite images in biodiversity conservation’ and involves speakers from the UK, the Netherlands and Spain. These webinars will focus on the needs of nature conservation practitioners and will be targeted for that audience. The aim of these webinars is…

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Looking back on the Eurosite Annual Meeting 2020 ‘Zooming’ in on European natural site management — from plan to action

Connecting digitally for Europe’s natureThere is a first for everything: this year, in which we needed to adapt to new and different circumstances, the Eurosite Annual Meeting was organised in an online setting for the very first time. The event was divided into four morning sessions from 2 to 5 November 2020.  Eurosite’s working groups played a…

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Ongoing now: #1 in a series of 3 #remotesensing webinars: using Earth observations to inform on changes within protected sites. Missed it? A recording will be available on https://t.co/FVSyfJ61mH, so you can still learn about landscape classification and much more! https://t.co/06DWnrCYJ0

Join us in 15 minutes at 14:00 CET for the #remotesensing webinar 'Using Earth observations to inform on changes within protected sites': https://t.co/J6PVDM2LFV

This #WorldWildlifeDay the @EU_ENV Global Coalition for Biodiversity celebrates its 1st anniversary!✨We are a proud supporter!

Over 200 coalition members raise their voice to build the political momentum ahead of #CoP15 #UnitedforBiodiversity Join too: https://t.co/cz67OdtXfB https://t.co/JJnoZmYBph

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.

Foreseen activities:

  • Developing an elaborated training programme on ecosystem services for site managers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo by Edyta Mazur (Regional Board of Infrastructure in Kraków, Life Pustynia Błędowska)


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Eurosite members are organisations and individuals from all over Europe committed to our vision.

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  1. […] Following the successful evaluation of the applications / dossiers of the Ainos National Park Management Agency, a particularly important extra action is now a fact, after the Agency has managed to join two international protected area networks, EUROPARC ( https://www.europarc.org/&nbsp😉 and EUROSITE ( https://www.eurosite.org/ ). […]

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