Over the past month, Eurosite has hosted the first two in a series of Remote Sensing webinars by the Eurosite Remote Sensing Support Group. The webinars attracted many attendees from all different corners of Europe, and even the world, making them a great success. Now the webinars can be viewed online for free. #1 Drone…

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One of the EU’s most comprehensive and ambitious pieces of environmental legislation, the Water Framework Directive (WFD), will not be changed as was stated by Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries. This landmark decision comes six months after the law was concluded to be “fit-for-purpose”, and ensures the further protection of Europe’s…

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This month, a handbook has been published on what managers of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) need to know to better manage such areas. It is now publicly available here. From the writers: “Intermittent rivers and Ephemeral Streams (IRES) are river water bodies characterised by temporary flow. They are widespread across the EU and…

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The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) European regional conference has been postponed to 10-13 May 2021 in Tartu, Estonia. The conference theme is “Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes”. Due to the postponement of the conference, the call for sessions has also been reopened, moving the deadline for submissions to…

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Eurosite member Natuurpunt from Belgium, has joined the European Rewilding Network (ERN) – a network that aims to bring initiatives closer together to empower them in their rewilding efforts. Since 2012, Natuurpunt has been working to connect nature reserves along the Grote Nete in an effort to create a 2500-hectare reserve; the Grote Netewoud. By…

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A key objective of the Farmer’s Pride project is to establish a permanent network for Europe-wide in situ conservation of plant genetic resources (including crop landraces/farmers’ varieties and crop wild relatives) and to promote and facilitate the use of more plant diversity for the benefit of society. The project has laid the foundations for the…

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On 2 June 2020, the European Commission presented this year’s Natura 2000 Award finalists. We are happy to announce that the application “Reinforcing the roles of remote sensing in Natura 2000 monitoring“, an application closely related to Eurosite, has been selected as one of the finalists. A message by the finalist: Dear Colleague We are…

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The European Commission has announced the finalists of the 2020 Natura 2000 Awards! 27 finalists have been selected in five categories; communication, socio-economic benefits, conservation, reconciling interests/perceptions and cross-border cooperation and networking. The Natura 2000 network is the network of natural protected sites throughout the European Union. The network includes both marine and terrestrial protected…

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The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (Resolution adopted on 1 March 2019, https://undocs.org/A/RES/73/284). The UN Decade positions the restoration of ecosystems as a major nature-based solution towards meeting a wide range of global development goals and national priorities. The leading organisations supporting the implementation of the Decade…

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Since 1989, the Eurosite Twinning Programme has been providing a unique opportunity to create a real network of partners working actively and collectively for nature conservation on the European level. Eurosite’s 30 years of experience in Twinning and the involvement of dedicated (inter)national partners provide a solid basis for a successful collaboration with the aim…

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