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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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New ambitious nature restoration targets for EU

We mark today the first big milestone of biodiversity legislation since the adoption of the Habitats Directive three decades ago. The EU Nature Restoration law complements the Birds and Habitats Directives with time-bound targets and will require restoration action across the territory of the EU Member States, including areas outside Natura 2000.The Conservation Landowners Coalition (CLC) – an initiative of ELO and…

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Save the date for a study tour on grazing!

We are happy to announce the first Grazing study tour organised by Eurosite in cooperation with our members Natuurmonumenten, Staatsbosbeheer (Dutch Forestry State Service) and the Polish Society for the Coast (EUCC Poland). The tour will take place in the Netherlands from 3-5 October 2022 and is intended for site managers and others interested in the role of grazing in…

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Field workshops in Zagreb: 5th Natura 2000 monitoring workshop – part 2

After a virtual and theoretical first part of the 5th Natura 2000 monitoring workshop in 2021 (due to Covid), last week it was finally time for the practical field workshop in Zagreb, Croatia from 23-25 May 2022. As an output of the Eurosite Remote Sensing Support Group (RSSG), the workshop was co-organised by Eurosite members…

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Ukraine urgently needs our help!

Blue and yellow: the colours of EuropeBlue and yellow: the colours of EurositeBlue and yellow: the colours of the Ukrainian flag As we are shocked and saddened about Putin’s invasion in Ukraine, we are trying to do what we can to help the Ukrainian people. Over the last days, we have been in close contact…

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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.

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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