In the past weeks, various Eurosite members have contributed to the public consultation on restoration targets under the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. It will propose legally binding nature restoration targets, subject to an impact assessment. The initiative will contribute to the goal of the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy: to put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery. In…

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A review and analysis of networks conserving crop wild relatives (CWR) in situ was undertaken by the Farmer’s Pride project consortium to identify the attributes that have contributed to their success. Farmer’s Pride is a project funded under Horizon 2020 and led by the University of Birmingham. The main goal is establishing a European Network for In…

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A policy briefing paper was produced by the EU Peatlands & CAP network. With Niall Ó Brolcháin of the National University of Ireland, Galway, being one of the contributors, the paper is also an output of the Interreg Care-Peat project. Explaining how drainage-based agriculture on peatland causes enormous economic and environmental losses through CO2 emissions,…

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British Eurosite member and chair of the Remote Sensing Support Group Clive Hurford has recently published a new book, together with co-author Phil Wilson. The book is a nature conservation review, and includes the latest research covering the conservation status of arable habitats in Europe. Additionally, it provides examples of well documented conservation practices as…

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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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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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On 7 January, a press statement was disseminated announcing the following: “Two recent initiatives by the Irish Government signify a sea change in Irish Peatland policy to tackle climate change, to provide green jobs and to improve biodiversity in Ireland at the start of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030”, according to Niall Ó Brolcháin of…

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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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The European Private Land Conservation Network (ELCN) is deepening its ties on a global scale by strengthening its cooperation with the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN). Eurosite’s Project Officer for the new project on private land conservation LIFE ENPLC, Carolina Halevy, and Eurosite President Tilmann Disselhoff have been taking on the role as regional contacts for the ILCN regional…

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Starting 2021 with fresh energy, SERE offers everyone interested a webinar series on the State of Ecological Restoration Across Europe, every second Wednesday of the month at 18hr CET. These webinars will be made available afterwards on the SER Webinar channel. Registration for the webinars is free, so grab this chance to broaden and/or update knowledge on: The state…

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