Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process Boreal Region Seminar2016-10-03
This week (from 5 to 7 October 2016) in the National Visitor Centre will be held an international Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process 2nd Boreal Region Seminar. This Seminar is organised as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Launched by the European Commission at the end of 2011, the aim is to improve and strengthen the implementation of Natura 2000 and ensure progress towards key EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets.
The process provides the means for Member States and expert stakeholder networks to:
• Work together and collaborate on practical habitat management issues identified as being of common priority and shared importance;
• Take stock of the current conservation status of specific priority habitats in a biogeographical region and determine what needs to be done collectively to improve, maintain or restore the condition of habitats and species of Community interest;;
• Share experience, build knowledge and develop consensus about priority management actions required for particular habitat types in the Boreal region;
• Take specific agreed cooperative actions to restore or maintain favourable conservation status for those habitats that fall within their territory;
• Network and exchange management experience information, to continue to build know-how about the most effective ways to achieve more for habitats and species of Community importance.
The primary purpose of the Natura 2000 Seminars is to help sharpen focus on the strategic targets to be achieved and contribute to meeting the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy objectives. Specifically, the seminar will identify and, where possible, agree future practical management actions that are required to improve favourable conservation status. Through the Process’ networking events, as well as the Natura 2000 Communication Platform, the collaboration amongst all stakeholders will be encouraged and enhanced.
Hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, this second Seminar is a milestone event in a continuing process of networking, information sharing and knowledge building, of direct benefit to stakeholders as part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. The Boreal Seminar provides an important opportunity for participants to ensure progress in the Region towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets. The programme is designed to bring expert stakeholders together to discuss, identify and (where possible) agree a range of cooperative actions which can be developed in future.
Over three-days, the Boreal Seminar will aim to generate concrete outputs identified by participants, which can be further developed following the Seminar. Although some attention will be given to reviewing progress since the first Boreal Seminar (Finland 2012), the focus is very much forward-looking - this will involve identifying:
• Possible new conservation issues/priorities – new cooperation actions shall be based in particular, on the latest State of Nature Report, including a 'Roadmap’ of agreed future (existing or planned) collaborative actions.
• Practical concrete actions and cooperation priorities, which can be developed and taken forward by various actors in the Region.
• Sources of information and experience that capitalise on completed projects, available guidance and potential new proposals to increase synergies and collaboration opportunities.
Reflecting the urgency to demonstrate progress towards achieving the targets of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy in the short to medium term, the Seminar also provides an opportunity to consider new methods which can help to identify priorities for action. This includes the idea of addressing the so-called ‘low hanging fruit’ – benefitting from the latest Article 17 reports, this involves identifying those species and/ or habitats for which measurable improvements of conservation status could be reached by means of some measures which are straight-forward to implement and achievable in a short term. Therefore, this Seminar will also enable participants to consider whether or not, and if so how, the 'low hanging fruit' approach can open new opportunities for reaching favourable conservation status.
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