European Habitats Forum
Eurosite is a member of the European Habitats Forum (EHF). The EHF is a group of NGO networks that provide input and advice to DG Environment and EU Member State Nature Directors, particularly relating to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the establishment of the Natura 2000 network. The EHF meets with DG Environment of the European Commission twice a year and has one seat in the co-ordination group for biodiversity and nature. The EHF facilitates, through these meetings, communication between DG Environment and European nature conservation NGOs.
Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process Consortium
Already since 2014, Eurosite is participating in the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, an initiative of the European Commission assisting Member States and key stakeholders to manage Natura 2000 as a coherent ecological network. Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) is the lead contractor to support the EC in the development and implementation of the Process. WENR does this with support from sub-contracted consortium partners.
Eurosite is following the Process closely and will contribute to it by organising thematic networking events according to the needs of the site managers’ community.
Find out more about the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process on the Natura 2000 Communication Platform.
Global Coalition for Biodiversity
Ahead of the crucial 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming (China), the European Commission asks all national parks, aquariums, botanic gardens, zoos, research centers, science and natural history museums to join forces and increase public awareness regarding the nature crisis. The COP was supposed to take place in 2020, but has been postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Comparable to the Paris Agreement focusing on the climate urgency and just as necessary, it is envisaged that during COP 15 196 Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a new global framework to protect and restore nature. After the COP, the Global Coalition for Biodiversity will focus its attention on coordinated actions mitigating biodiversity loss.
In May 2020, during the Biodiversity Week, Eurosite — the European Land Conservation Network became an official supporter of the Global Coalition for Biodiversity of the European Commission. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity. Because strength lies in unity, we call upon all institutions that care about the planet’s future and biodiversity to join the Global Coalition for Biodiversity as well – for a future with rich and resilient biodiversity. To join forces for nature, the Coalition aims to have 500 members and supporters engaged in signing the pledge. Interested institutions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly (please Cc Gilles.DOIGNON@ec.europa.eu) for further information or to sign up. The full text of the pledge is available here.
European Land Conservation Network - ELCN
The European Private Land Conservation Network is a LIFE Preparatory project and an initiative of the European Commission.
The project is being coordinated by NABU (Germany), and besides Eurosite, other project partners are: Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (XCT) (Spain), Natuurpunt (Belgium), Montis (Portugal), Fundacion Biodiversidad (Spain), Fundatia ADEPT (Romania), ELY Centre Lapland (Finland), IMA Europe (EU) and WWF Oasi (Italy).
The final goal of the project is quite ambitious: the establishment of a European Land Conservation Network (ELCN), with Eurosite acting as the secretariat that will be charged with the long-term management of the network after the project has ended.
Farmer's Pride, a project funded under Horizon 2020 and led by the University of Birmingham, is establishing the European Network for In Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources. It will bring together stakeholders and sites across the region and coordinate actions to conserve diversity for crop enhancement and adaptation in the future.
Farmer's Pride will:
- build relationships between existing diverse PGR stakeholder networks, and where necessary create new partnerships to establish a unified network of stakeholders involved in PGR conservation and sustainable use;
- enhance existing knowledge of European land-race and crop wild relative genetic diversity and showcase how it can be effectively secured and managed;
- use social science and economic tools to establish the value of in situ PGR populations and individual traits, as well as a cost-effective means of conserving them;
- use predictive characterisation methods to identify valuable traits in in situ PGR populations, targeting those most vital for satisfying future agricultural and market needs;
- establish a mechanism to facilitate the flow of plant genetic material from in situ populations to the user community, both directly and via ex situ collections;
- develop and establish a durable governance and resourcing structure for the European network of in situ PGR conservation sites and stakeholders;
- promote public awareness of the value of PGR for agriculture and consumers; and
- design and implement a network of European sites and stakeholders that conserves the breadth of PGR diversity found in situ.
Through these activities, Farmer's Pride will result in significant strengthening of European capacities for the conservation, management and sustainable use of in situ PGR as a foundation for increased competitiveness in the farming and breeding sectors, and ultimately for long-term food and nutritional security in Europe.
The objective of the 'Evidence-Based Improvements in the Nature Directives' is to advise the European Commission, Member State authorities and other stakeholders on the better use of scientific knowledge and scientific networks in support of the implementation of the nature directives. This project shall mobilise the scientific community in support of better and more effective implementation of the EU nature legislation. The two key aspects of this are to make better use of scientific knowledge and scientific networks and to mobilise the scientific community; both in support of the outcome of the Fitness Check - which requires better and more effective implementation of the EU nature legislation. The lead partner is Wageningen Environmental Research.
The aim of the Interreg North-West Europe project is to develop new policies and methods for managing and monitoring carbon reduction from peatlands. The project involves partners from Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Care-Peat will fund local peatland restoration and monitoring as well as the development of innovative policies based on the data collected from restoration works. Eurosite’s role is to involve nature organisations all over North-West Europe and the rest of the EU by organising activities to show and explain developed strategies and methods. Other project partners are Natuurpunt (lead partner, Belgium), Centre National de La Recherche Scietifique (France), Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (France), Lancashire Wildlife Trust (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), Natuurmonumenten (Netherlands), Université d’Orléans (France).
Nardus and Limosa
The central objective of the project is the cross-border restoration of meadow-heathland systems that are rich in Nardus grasslands (6230*) with healthy meadow bird populations. The five project areas are the best areas in the Campine region where somewhat nutrient-richer heath systems occur, with a lot of grassland birds. The LIFE project Nardus & Limosa focuses on studying, testing and implementing a P-mining method that takes breeding birds into account. The focus of the project is the restoration of 255 ha of Nardus grasslands (6230*), which are rich in the typical meadow birds. At the same time, as a result of a diverse hydrology, geomorphology, and soil, inland dunes grasslands (2310 and 2330), wet heaths (4010), and to a more limited extent, dry heaths (4030) will be restored in close interdependence with the Nardus grasslands.
Nature and Cities
Specific objectives of the project Nature and Cities (awarded under Europe Aid funding for Supporting Civil Society Dialogue Between the EU and Turkey) are to enhance dialogue, know-how transfer and cooperation between civil society organisations of both Turkey and The Netherlands on environmental and sustainable development within the scope of EU acquisition and policies on environment. Additionally, it is the aim to promote nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in cities as an effective tool for awareness raising on environment. This is also of importance to the potential EU membership of Turkey. The project is led by the Turkish Nature Conservation Centre (DKM). To sum up, main goals, outcomes and results are:
- Improved knowledge of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in Turkey through the experience of EU member states (The Netherlands)
- Enhanced dialogue and cooperation between Turkish stakeholders from various sectors to promote nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in cities
- Joint agreements signed between CSOs in Turkey and The Netherlands for sustainable and long-term cooperation on nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in cities
- Awareness raised in Turkey and The Netherlands on nature-based solutions and green infrastructure.