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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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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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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Eurosite member “Dutch Montagu’s Harrier Foundation” recently changed its Dutch name. Whereas previously called “Werkgroep Grauwe Kiekendief” (Workgroup Montagu’s Harrier), the organisation is now called “Grauwe Kiekendief – Kenniscentrum Akkervogels” (Montagu’s Harrier – Knowledge Centre Farmland Birds) to more accurately reflect their broad scope of work on farmland birds. Initially the Dutch Montagu’s Harrier Foundation…

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On 11 February 2020, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) published a position paper on the EU “Farm to Fork” strategy. Outlining its priorities for a sustainable Farm to Fork strategy, the EEB proposes, among others, the implementation of nature-based solutions on agricultural land to protect and restore ecosystems currently used for food production. The European…

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The third meeting of the Care-Peat project took place on 4 and 5 February 2020 in Deurne, the Netherlands. Following a productive project meeting, during which the the progress and future of the project was discussed, the meeting transformed into a public workshop with presentation, discussions and an excursion to the Deurnsche Peel-Mariapeel. The open…

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Eurosite has officially become a member of the Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI), a partnership of now 34 organisations! The Global Peatlands Initiative was formed in 2016 in an effort to save peatlands as the world’s most important stock of terrestrial carbon. It aims to protect and conserve peatlands, and prevent them from becoming carbon sources instead…

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