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LIFE platform meeting on restoration of sand dune habitats

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Zandvoort, Netherlands, 15 – 17 June 2016

The State of Nature in the EU report highlights the critical status of dune habitats across all biogeographical regions. The main threats include the loss and fragmentation of habitats, reduction in area of open sand habitats, succession to scrub and woodland, impact of invasive alien species, coastal erosion and climate change. In recent years LIFE projects have been at the forefront of developing new approaches to rejuvenating and restoring dune habitats.

The LIFE platform will, for the first time, bring together projects focusing on the restoration of coastal and inland dune habitats as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.

The meeting is an opportunity for review and to consider the challenges ahead for habitat and species conservation at national, biogeographical and EU level. Whilst specific focus is given to the Atlantic and Boreal regions, experience from other regions is included. The meeting takes its lead from the conclusions of the conference Dynamic Dunes 2015 held by the platform hosts Waternet, PWN and Natuurmonumenten.

The outputs of the meeting, setting out how the conservation status of dune habitats and species can be improved, will go forward to the Atlantic biogeographical seminar in 2016.

Visit the Natura 2000 Communication Platform for more information.

 

Picture by Wolfgang Sauber (owb work), via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

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