Budapest, Hungary – 25-27 September 2018

We are happy to announce our upcoming Joint Annual Meeting 2018. The event ‘Europe’s biodiversity beyond 2020 – Tackling the challenges to achieve targets’  will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from 25 to 27 September 2018 (participants are advised to travel on 24 September).

Private land conservation, Natura 2000 and adaptive management plans, wetlands and climate change, the value of Ecosystem services, nature-based solutions in adapting to climate change – all these topics will be passed under review during the event. A crash course in risk based and robust decision making will explain how using these forms of decision making can help identify the levels of exposure and vulnerability within a system, the potential impact or losses from change or a hazardous event, and how to develop adaptation actions. The potential of mapping software for public collaboration in the tracking of changes will also be addressed. Participants will also visit one of Hungary’s most beautiful natural sites, after which we will discuss different funding sources such as LIFE, ERDF, NCFF, PES, national funding sources, CAP Pillar 2, and water funds.

The event is open to members and non-members. The business meetings (Board, Council, AGM) are for members only.

Please find the terms and conditions for participation here.

Europe’s biodiversity targets for 2010 were not achieved. It seems that the 2020 targets will not be fully met either. Biodiversity across Europe is still declining, and climate change is an increasing problem. Natura 2000, while comprising over 27,000 sites and over 18% of European territory, requires a collective effort for efficient management. Cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration will be more important than ever before.

Crucial ingredients for a more efficient implementation of EU nature policy that the programme focuses on:

  • EU level networking to exchange knowledge and examples of good practice;

  • Preserving crop-wild-relatives as an important resource for the future of EU and global agriculture;

  • Increasing active involvement of the wider population into Natura 2000 management and (private) land conservation;

  • Nature-based solutions that wetlands can offer to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change

Please find the programme here.
To register and secure your place at this exciting event, please click here. ATTENTION: Eurosite members and Friends of Eurosite (Migratory Birds for People and SER Europe) are entitled to a discount. If you belong to one of these categories, please contact us so we can forward your discount code.

Please note that registration has closed. 
Please find some options for accommodation here.
Presentation by Eszter Kelemen. Download.
Title: An introduction to EKLIPSE: developing the science-society-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Presentation by Monika Kotulak. Download.
Title: What EU and other stakeholders can do in terms of ecosystem restoration

Presentation by Laura Palomo-Rios. Download.
Title: EU funding supporting Nature-Based Solution projects in the EU

Presentation by Eef Silver. Download.
Title: Natural water retention through restoration of the sponge function of drained soils in the Rhine basin

Presentation by Marjolein Sterk. Download.
Title: Scientific evidence of wetlands' benefits for nature

Presentation by Klára Hajdu. Download.
Title: What can the EU and other stakeholders do for ecosystem restoration? (Working group 1)

Presentation by Eef Silver. Download.
Title: Practices of natural water retention measures and Nature-Based Solutions in Natura 2000 and water management at national and regional level (Working group 2)

Presentation by Clive Hurford and Henk Zingstra. Download.
Title: Eurosite Management Planning (Working group 3)

Presentation by Paul Leadbitter. Download.
Title: The use of modelling in land management (Working group 4)

Presentation by Sue Stolton. Download.
Title: An introduction to the concept and development of privately protected areas

Presentation by Mark Burgman. Download.
Title: Structured judgement and decision making (Working group 6)

Presentation bij Kristijan Čivić. Download.
Title: Summary of workshops

Presentation by Nigel Maxted. Download.
Title: Mutually beneficial collaboration: bridging the Protected Area / Agrobiodiversity divide?

Presentation by Evelyn Underwood. Download.
Title: Financing Nature-Based Solutions for long-term water management

Presentation by Paul Vertegaal. Download.
Natural Climate Buffers in the Netherlands

Presentation by CEEweb for Biodiversity. Download.
Title: Wetland restoration case studies

Presentation by Clive Hurford. Download.
Title: New technologies for Natura 2000 monitoring

Presentation by Kristijan Čivić. Download.
Title: Fostering Private Land Conservation in Europe, LIFE - ELCN