Eurosite works to facilitate, support, inspire and unite its members in the common goal of caring for Europe’s nature. One of Eurosite’s main missions is to share ideas and good practice on subjects that are of interest to its members. This is exactly what Eurosite is doing through our working groups.
If the working groups cover your area of expertise, and you would like to become a member of one of the Eurosite working groups, please contact us.
ECONOMICS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (EES) WORKING GROUP
An alarming development affecting Eurosite’s members today concerns the funding of their activities, or rather the increasing lack of available funds. Overall, funds in the form of subsidies are decreasing or disappearing. To protect work in nature conservation new ways of funding must be found. The value of ecosystem services is being increasingly talked about. People, businesses and countries take all kinds of ecosystem related ‘products’ for granted: medicines, clean air and water, CO2 storage, wind- and solar energy, and so on. Eurosite’s EES Working Group helps and supports members to take action on these issues and make ecosystem services work for them. Its goals are to:
The EES Working Group was formed in 2013, meets regularly throughout the year and holds annual workshops on topics such as carbon sequestration.
The Working Group organised a seminar “Ecosystems at your service” during the Eurosite Annual Meeting in Serres, Greece, from 8 until 10 November 2016. Based on the outcomes of this seminar, a special edition of the Eurosite eNewsletter about ecosystem services was published.
In 2017 the working group developed a leaflet on ‘ecosystem services for site managers’.
MARINE AND COASTAL PROTECTED AREAS (MCPA) WORKING GROUP
The MCPA Working Group reviewed Eurosite’s past activity in this area and set its priorities based on the current situation and in relation to the Nature Directives and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, improving management, and new threats to marine and coastal ecosystems. The goals of this working group are to:
The Working Group published a special edition of the Eurosite eNewsletter in March 2017.
Eurosite Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Factsheets
The Working Group publishes factsheets about MCPA sites, aiming to reflect the diversity of the MCPA network.
WETLANDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE (WCC) WORKING GROUP
Building on wetlands and climate change work from 2014 and on request of Eurosite members, Eurosite established this working group with the objectives to:
The Working Group published a first special edition of the Eurosite eNewsletter “Managing wetlands as a nature-based solution to climate change” in January 2017, and a second edition in January 2019
EUROSITE MANAGEMENT PLANNING EXPERT GROUP (EMPEG)
Ever since our establishment in 1989 Eurosite has been providing guidance to its members, and the broader site managers’ community, on how to prepare high quality management plans for their sites, considering all the relevant aspects and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders. As part of this work Eurosite has prepared several versions of Guidance on Management Planning, with the latest one dating back to 2005.
In the beginning of 2018 Eurosite has established this Expert Group with the goal to produce an updated version of the Eurosite Management Planning Guidance. During the Annual General Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2018, the Members of Eurosite have agreed to maintain this Expert Group as a permanent Working Group within Eurosite.