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Second Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Dates: 5 - 7 October 2016

Hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, this second Seminar was 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 provided an important opportunity for participants to ensure progress in the Region towards the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets. The programme was 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 generated 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 provided 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 also enabled participants to consider whether or not, and if so how, the 'low hanging fruit' approach can open new opportunities for reaching favourable conservation status.

Participation was only possible by invitation.

Background information

The input documents, programme and final report can be found here.

Plenary presentations

Country-wide habitats mapping: a foundation for setting FRV and conservation objectives at national level” Mr Algirdas Klimavičius, Head of unit, Protected Areas Strategy Division , Lithuanian Ministry of Environment
Low Hanging Fruits” Mr Mora Aronsson, SLU representing ETC-BD
Developing the Boreal Roadmap” Mr Jussi Päivinen, Director of Development Projects, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland
Regional approaches to integrated habitat and species management” Mr Kęstutis Navickas, leader of LIFE project "VivaGrass", NGO Baltic Environmental Forum
Restoration prioritization for Finnish Natura 2000 areas using the Zonation analysis” Dr Santtu Kareksela, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland
Stakeholder engagement & outreach” Ms Alice Budniok
The LIFE Programme” Ms Sonja Jaari, NEEMO EEIG


Group presentations

Forest: presentation of outcomes
Freshwater: presentation of outcomes
Grassland: presentation of outcomes
Wetlands: presentation of outcomes
Integrated management approaches to Natura 2000: presentation of outcomes
Approaches to setting restoration priorities: presentation of outcomes
Communication and stakeholder engagement: presentation of outcomes
Setting conservation objectives: presentation of outcomes


Presentations knowledge market

Metsähallitus (FI): Links between WFD and HD surface water habitat types
Metsähallitus (FI): Freshhabitat LIFE IP – Poster
Nature Conservation Agency (LV): National conservation and management programme for granssland habitats of EU importance in Latvia