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Natura 2000 Farmland Management and Biodiversity Conference

This three day networking event has taken place at la Casa Endendida, Madrid, Spain from the 29th of Septmebr to the 1st of October. The conclusions and results of this event are currently being developed into a conference report, which will be made available through this webpage. The various presentations that have been given during this event have been made available at the bottom of this page. All further conference related material will also be provided here.

Natura 2000 is the main instrument to implement the EU nature legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives), and therefore a key means to achieving Target 1 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. In addition, in the context of a wider EU agenda, Natura 2000 is central to the achievement of EU strategic objectives and the generation of greater synergies – for example, in fostering increasingly integrated management approaches, Natura 2000 provides a powerful means to support rural development, job creation and new market opportunities for agricultural products and services, as well as the realization of nature conservation objectives. However, to achieve combined goals across various priorities, better alignment between policy-makers and diverse stakeholders involved in Natura 2000 management, as well as end users of its products and services, is necessary.
 

This Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process networking event will present best practice experience and case studies from across Europe, to illustrate measurable results that not only lead to better Natura 2000 planning and management, but also the generation of new economic opportunities for rural development and better integrated policy-making. At the heart of such examples, lie the effective relationships established between farmers, public and private landowners, land managers and businesses. The event will demonstrate how multiple benefits can be and are being achieved through implementation of practical and pragmatic approaches in agricultural areas within and around Natura 2000 sites, which take nature conservation objectives fully into account. 
 

Structure of the event:
This 3-day networking consisted of a plenary session on the first day, after which the participants broke out into working groups to discuss various issues. On the second day two field visits took place to enable participants to see the forms of cooperation and collaborations being established in Natura 2000 sites for agricultural production, biodiversity and nature conservation. During the final day the working groups were merged to give all the participants the possibility to follow th einteresting presentations and to discuss the issues raised. Finally a summary was given and the main conclusions of the conference were presented and discussed with the participants. These will be made available in the conference report soon.

Programme:
You can download the programme to this event herepdf(742 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

Working language of the event was English.

Conference audience:
This event was of direct interest to individuals from:

  • Regional authorities with responsibilities for Natura 2000 in and around farmland areas;
  • Organisations engaged directly in nature conservation and implementation of Natura 2000, especially in multi-stakeholder environments and dealing with cross-cutting priorities;
  • Organisations with experience of utilizing CAP funds for nature conservation objectives;
  • Organisations engaged in rural development in or around Natura 2000 sites, especially those involved with:
    • Job creation and employment training;
    • Sustainable economic growth in areas dependent on natural resources, such as tourism, recreation and food production;
    • Nature conservation management;
    • Public education in natural heritage issues;
    • Spatial planning and environmental risk assessment;
    • Agronomy and agri-food production;
  • Private or public organisations with experience of commercial agricultural production where added value is derived from biodiversity conservation and/ or association with Natura 2000.

 
Types of organisations represented included:

  • Local, regional, national and European authorities;
  • Public agencies;
  • Businesses;
  • NGOs;
  • Universities and research institutions.

 
Individuals with direct experience of management of Natura 2000 in farmlands included:

  • Nature conservation management practitioners;
  • Landowners, including farmers and foresters;
  • Policy-makers with responsibilities for Natura 2000 and/ or rural development.

 
Equally, we sought to attract the participation of individuals living in or near Natura 2000 areas, especially those who derive income from them, such as hoteliers, recreation services providers or tour operators.

Presentations

Day 1

Opening

Mr Neil McIntosh, Deputy Executive Director, ECNC
The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process – what it is, how it works and ways it can be useful for your work!pdf(1.63 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Key-note presentations

Ms Isabel Bombal Díaz, Department for Rural Development & Forestry, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Environment
Innovation in rural development.EIP for sustainability and productivity in agriculture.pdf(1.22 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Mr Ludovic Le Maresquier, European Commission, DG Environment, Unit B.3 – Nature
Natura 2000 farmland management and biodiversitypdf(2.24 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Dr Rainer Oppermann, Executive Director, Institute for Agro-Ecology & Biodiversity, Germany
Promoting the grassland diversity of habitats & species in respect of farming – examples at the European levelpdf(2.48 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Dr Sharon Parr – Project Scientist, Burren Farming for Conservation Programme
Burren Farming for Conservation Programme “Burren Life”pdf(4.58 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Ms Vasiliki Tsiaousi – EKBY, Greek Biotope Wetland Centre
Establishment of an impact assessment procedure as a tool for sustainability of agro-ecosystem: The case of Mediterranean olives LIFE SAGE10pdf(3.93 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

WG1 Biodiversity for Better Farmland Management

Dr Rainer Oppermann, Executive Director, Institute for Agro-Ecology & Biodiversity, Germany
Biodiversity assessment on landscape and farm level – the LISA approachpdf(1.7 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Ms Marion Hammerl, Executive Director, Bodensee Stiftung, Germany Biodiversity criteria for standards and labels for the food sector
Biodiversity Criteria in Standards and Quality Labels of the Food Sectorpdf(1.16 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Mr Philippe Pointereau, Director of Agriculture & Biodiversity, Solagro, France
The key ecological role of biodiversity for farmland managementpdf(3.6 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

WG2 Agriculture & Management Plans in Natura 2000

Ms Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente, Director, Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, ConSuma Naturalidad+ (BIOCxLIFE)
Promoting responsible food consumer choices that foster biodiversity in the Network of Natura 2000 and natural protected areas in Spain

Mr Domingos Leitão, Project Coordinator, LIFE Project Tetrax (LIFE02NAT/P/008476, Portugal)
Results of LIFE Sisão supported by farmers, but not by the administration!pdf(2.44 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Ms Vasiliki Tsiaousi – EKBY, Greek Biotope Wetland Centre
Agriculture and management plans in Natura 2000 sites in Greecepdf(2.49 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Mr Nat Page, Director, Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania
Promoting viability of agricultural communities to protect a Natura 2000 landscapepdf(3.99 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Mr Pedro M. Herrera , Project Manager, Fundación Entretantos (Spanish Platform for extensive livestock farming and pastoralism), Spain
Pastoralism and extensive livestock farming in Spainpdf(2.97 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

 

Day 3

WG3 Testing Stakeholders’ Attitudes towards Biodiversity & Natura 2000

Mr Thibaut Barbaras, Nestlé Buyer – tomatoes & vegetables for Europe, Middle East & North Africa
Nestle Responsible Sourcing and Biodiversity-Processing Tomatoespdf(2.72 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

WG4 Funding for Biodiversity on Farmlands

Dr Sharon Parr, Project Scientist, Burren Farming for Conservation Programme
Positive payments scheme – income for farmers for conservation workpdf(5.07 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

Ms Sara Mora Vicente, LIFE Monitoring Team ES/PT, NEEMO-IDOM
Focusing on the results of an ex-post study carried out on a LIFE project aimed at the conservation of steppe bird species in Extremadura (Spain) in the 90spdf(699 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

 

For more information, please contact: natura2000platform@ecnc.org