Managing increasing flood risks is a critical challenge for EU Member States, and water management is a key priority. One strategy to deal with emerging water pressure is the creation of water retention areas. However, widespread water and sediment pollution poses a serious obstacle to the creation of retention areas, since pollution would spread even…

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The Eurosite Economics and Ecosystem Services Working Group (EESWG) requests your help in gathering some data regarding the awareness on the concept of ecosystem services and their value: Ecosystem services are all the products and services from nature that are or can be used by humans. They are indispensable for human life on Earth – they…

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The Nature Conservation Centre in Turkey (DKM) and Eurosite – the European Land Conservation Network are organising a photo exhibition, named Turkey’s Natural Values in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The exhibition is organised within the “Nature and Cities Project” to have a short journey to Turkey’s unique nature. The exhibition consists of 58 different photographs from 22 different photographers. The exhibition offers visitors an insight…

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The European Habitats Forum (EHF) assembles leading European nature conservation organisations to provide advice on the implementation and future development of EU biodiversity policy, including improving integration into sectoral policies. Eurosite, as part of the EHF has recently cosigned a paper on the nature protection commitments in the new Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. The paper welcomes the…

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The book “Ecosystem Services as a City Planning Tool: The Case of Çankaya District” prepared within the scope of the Nature and Cities Project carried out by project partner and Turkish Eurosite member the Nature Conservation Center (DKM) was published. It emphasizes the importance of urban spatial planning taking into account nature-based solutions and ecosystem…

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From 8 – 11 September 2020 on behalf of the European Habitats Forum (EHF), Eurosite attended the third Alpine Natura 2000 seminar. The Seminar was hosted jointly by the Ministry of the Environment of Sweden and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) on behalf of the European Commission. Wageningen University Research, as the main contractor of DG Environment, was responsible for its preparation…

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On 30 June in the Netherlands the first approved carbon certificates for CO2 reduction projects in peatland were given to a farmer who is rewetting 32 ha peat meadow. From now on carbon certificates for peat rewetting are available for the Dutch voluntary market. These certificates are issued by the Dutch National carbon market.  Active lowering of…

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Good news from Greek Eurosite member Thermaikos Gulf Protected Areas Management Authority!  This year’s nesting bird counts in the Axios Delta colony brought wonderful news concerning the pygmy cormorant, an SPA trigger species for the Axios Delta protected area: the nests of the species almost doubled from 184 last year to 308! In contrast to its…

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