Over 2019, the Eurosite Economics and Ecosystem Services Working Group has developed a guidance document for mapping ecosystem services through QGIS. By making this document publicly available, Eurosite hopes to support site managers all over Europe in using GIS to integrate ecosystem services into their site management. One of the applications for GIS tools is…

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A consortium of 23 organisations, lead by the Greifswald Mire Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Wetlands International European Association, call on the preservation of peatlands in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy. Peatlands have been drained extensively for agriculture, forestry and peat extraction, which has lead to emissions of substantial amounts of…

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The European Commission (EC) invites a broad range of stakeholders to provide their input on the future implementation of the LIFE Programme. While the general objectives of the post-2020 LIFE Programme have been agreed, the input will be used for the preparation of the Multiannual Work Programme for LIFE’s next programming period (2021-2024). The LIFE…

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From 24-29 February 2020, the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework took place in Rome, Italy. Here, 741 delegates from parties, non-parties, intergovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples and local communities, youth, academia, business and so on got together to discuss the future of global biodiversity. Whereas the first…

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Currently the world is working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In many European countries, strict measures have been taken to prevent health crises, as is the case in the Netherlands, where our secretariat is based. First and foremost, we want to wish you all good health and we hope that the effects on…

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Over a year ago, on 1 March 2019, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021-2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The decade was declared to highlight the need for global ecosystem restoration in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss and to safeguard food security and water supply. They key idea…

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The NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program is organising an introductory webinar on the use of the UN Biodiversity Lab in support of national conservation and sustainable development goals. The training will teach participants about the use of remote sensing for global biodiversity goals, specifically through the UN Biodiversity Lab. The UN Biodiversity Lab…

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Do you want to get experience at an international conservation organisation protecting the world’s wetlands? This is your opportunity. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is looking for an International Engagement Intern to support work on Wetland Link International (WLI) and World Wetland Network (WWN), develop relationships with other wetland conservation organisations, research and develop…

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Following the launch of the management planning toolkit for protected areas during Eurosite’s Anniversary Annual Meeting in Monticiano, Italy last November, the Eurosite Management Planning Expert Group (EMPEG) has made significant progress on the new management planning tool. The group now estimates that the tool will be ready to go public in May, this year. EMPEG…

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