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Annual Conference of the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity

Third Annual Conference of the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity

Natura 2000 in action!

The outputs of the conference are presented on the

website of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

This conference linked the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity with the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. It aimed to bring together key players at local and regional government level and to showcase some of the best regional cooperation projects. The many practical examples presented at the knowledge market and during the workshops provided a good basis and inspiration for the formulation of useful lessons learned and recommendations.
Local and regional authorities (LRAs) play a key role in the implementation of the Natura 2000 Network (and the Emerald Network in non-EU countries). In many cases they have the task and responsibility of implementing the national and EU nature legislation and other policies that interact with the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Berne Convention (such as water, agricultural, transport policies). LRAs are strategically positioned between the international and national policy making levels and the local and site implementation level. They often play a crucial role in the coordination of planning, integrated management and specific site management initiatives in close cooperation with other stakeholders such as site managers, Natura 2000 user groups (notably forestry, agriculture, fisheries etc), other sectors whose activities interact with Natura 2000 (notably industry, transport, housing and energy) and the general public.
Therefore the implementation of Natura 2000, and the regional challenges and opportunities it provides, are of crucial interest to LRAs. In spite of regional differences in climate, landscape, biodiversity, economy, culture and governance, many of the challenges LRAs face when implementing the Natura 2000 and Emerald networks have similar solutions. There is therefore great scope for regional cooperation and exchange of knowledge and best practice to address these challenges. Indeed, numerous interregional projects (many of them funded through EU funds, such as LIFE, INTERREG, IPA, ENPI, LEADER etc) have been successfully developed throughout Europe addressing the different facets of Natura 2000 implementation, ranging from effective communication and stakeholder engagement to “Natura 2000-based solutions” for wider problems such as climate change adaptation and sustainable local livelihoods.
Addressing the theme of Natura 2000 implementation at subnational level in Europe, the conference aimed to provide a significant contribution to the ongoing efforts of halting the loss of biodiversity and increasing the sustainable use of natural resources. Therefore policy frameworks of this conference are the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Aichi targets (especially targets 11, 14 and 17), the Berne Convention and its Emerald Network, and the EU Biodiversity 2020 Strategy (in particular Target 1 and the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process to implement it).
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