Finland, 25-27 September

Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland is hosting a combined event consisting of the Eurosite Annual Meeting and a Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (Boreal region) Thematic Networking Event to enhance the ecological effectiveness of collaboration approaches and on the other hand to investigate alternative funding mechanisms to support these approaches.


The meeting is structured around three main themes:

  • Funding and possibilities: Voluntary work, private sector, compensations and habitat banking, etc. as mechanisms for conservation and management of biodiversity
  • Collaboration: Twinning and systematic biogeographic planning in the management of N2000 areas
  • Cost -effectiveness: Restoration prioritisation, Ecologically justifiable Low Hanging Fruits (LHF)


We first aim to identify best practices of using alternative funding mechanisms and collaboration possibilities in the management of N2000 areas. We focus on topical issues of voluntary work, involvement of the private sector, as well as the potential of conservation areas in compensation approaches like habitat banks to mitigate ecological damage caused by development projects elsewhere.

Secondly, we aim to enhance collaboration between N2000 managers by identifying possibilities for systematic biogeographical planning, i.e. to define common goals and needs and then means to meet these goals and targets more effectively through collaboration. Systematic biogeographical planning was identified as a key measure for enhancing the cost-effectiveness of management of N2000 areas in European scale in the Boreal N2000 biogeographical seminar autumn 2016.

As the third point in our endeavor to facilitate cost-efficient management of N2000 areas at the EU level we will tackle the topic of Low Hanging Fruits (LHF). The LHF approach, i.e. identifying Natura habitats where improvement would be most effectively achieved, was discussed thoroughly in the Boreal N2000 biogeographical seminar 2016, and a need to further develop the preliminary methodology towards ecologically justifiable LHFs was agreed upon.

Identifying best practices for using alternative funding for N2000 area management and determining ecologically cost-effective Low Hanging Fruits and systematic improvement approaches enable participants from different countries to plan and establish effective twinning projects and to find sufficient funding mechanisms that best support these projects and approaches.
Please find the final draft of the programme here.

Please read the terms and conditions before registering for the Eurosite Annual Meeting and the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process thematic networking event. Registration deadline: 10 september 2017.

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Eurosite Annual Meeting venue:

Haltia - The Finnish Nature Centre, Nuuksiontie 84, 02820 Espoo, Finland.

Haltia is located roughly 30 kilometres from Helsinki city centre and 17 kilometres from the centre of Espoo. You can reach the Nature Centre by public transport, bicycle, car or by hiking. Read more

Haltia is a new type of visitor centre, bringing all of Finland’s nature under one roof and closer to the visitor through both the building’s facilities and its stunning exhibitions. Nature from all over Finland can be experienced in the Helsinki region!

Eurosite member Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland are in charge of Haltia’s activities and operations.

Costs of participation:

Information concerning participation costs are explained in the registration terms & conditions.


A deal was made with the hotel Nuuksio: participants can by email book a room at this hotel with a small discount when mentioning Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland. The hotel will also be the pick up place for transport to the event location, the Haltia visitor centre.

Hotel address:
Naruportintie 68

Phone +358 9 867 971
Fax +358 9 8679 7455

In case the hotel is fully booked, hotel 'Lepolampi' is also in the area.
Hotel address:
Kivilammentie 1
02820 Espoo

Phone: +358 (0)10 324 4840
Eurosite Annual Meeting presentations

Presentation by Anita Prosser. Download.
Title: Twinning in 2017 - still a key tool for the exchange of knowledge in site management?

Presentation by Kristijan Civic. Download.
Title: Funding mechanisms for Natura 2000 areas.

Presentation by James Ranaivoson. Download.
Title: Investing in natural capital: Market for ecosystem services now and in the future.

Presentation by Paul Leadbitter. Download.
Title: Natural capital and ecosystem services of peatlands in the UK.

Presentation by Liisa Kajala. Download.
Title: Local socio-economic impacts of national parks.

Presentation by Katja Arzt. Download.
Title: New money for nature, alternative funding fundraising strategies.

Presentation by Jan Veenstra. Download.
Title: Additional Funding.

Presentation by Atte Moilanen. Download.
Title: The twelve (or so) operationally important decisions in biodiversity offsetting.

Presentation by Louise Martland. Download.
Title: Biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking in the UK.

Presentation by Olli Ojala. Download.
Title: Boreal habitats' suitability for ecological compensation.

Presentation by Jukka Viitanen. Download.
Title: Corporations' motivation for ecological compensation.

Presentation by Phénia Marras Aït-Razouk. Download.
Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Working Group.

Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process thematic networking event presentations

Presentation by Angelika Rubin. Download.
Title: Implementing the nature directives - what about prioritization?

Presentation by Santtu Kareksela. Download.
Title: What and where to improve? Prioritising Natura habitats, multiple approaches.

Presentation by Atte Moilanen. Download.
Title: Local versus global conservation in spatial prioritization.

Presentation by Santtu Kareksela. Download.
Title: How to define and identify the 'Low Hanging Fruits'?

Presentation by Janne S. Kotiaho. Download.
Title: Framework for assessing and reversing ecosystem degradation.

Presentation by Santtu Kareksela. Download.
Title: Where do we go from here?