The Bavarian Academy for Conservation and Landscape Management is organising the first Natura 2000 Summit in Bavaria, Germany. The event will highlight the role of the Natura 2000 network in conserving nature, social values, and natural heritage in Bavaria. The European Commission’s Director General for Environment, Daniel Calleja Crespo, will speak on 29 of January. The event will also act as a kick-off meeting for the recently launched LIFE living Natura 2000 project.
LIFE living Natura2000 aims to improve public perception of the Natura 2000 network in Bavaria. The communication and information campaign led by the project underlines the relevance of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in safeguarding natural heritage, stopping the loss of biodiversity, and advancing cooperative planning across protected areas.
The first Natura 2000 Summit in Bavaria will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to meet and exchange information about the ecological network Natura 2000 and its implementation. The event will be held in German. For further information, please check online or contact Nicole Hoehna.
The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), the Portuguese BirdLife partner, is organising a workshop on the “Restoration of Island Ecosystems”. The event is organised within the framework of the project, LIFE Berlengas. It focuses on the impact of invasive alien species on islands, and what can be done to respond.
In recent decades, conservationists have expanded campaigns to manage invasive species from small-scale experiments to large scale operations. Some initiatives have succeeded in eradicating invasive species from entire islands. This workshop will discuss approaches to achieve such results and share experience, both good and bad, from past projects. To do so, it brings together experts from many countries who share an interest in invasive species and the habitats that they degrade.
The three-day programme includes case studies on controlling invasive mammals and plants, lectures on restoring habitats, and a round table to exchange ideas on the broader implications of these topics. On the third day, delegates are also invited on a field trip to the Berlengas archipelago. These islands, lying 10 kilometres off the Portuguese coast, have been turned into a natural reserve that is notably important for protecting Atlantic sea birds.