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Bosland 10 years – Passion for Nature – Integrated Governance: Mainstreaming Opportunities for Nature & Society

Dates: 12 - 14 October 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

Bosland 10 years - Passion for Nature – Integrated Governance: Mainstreaming Opportunities for Nature & Society

Business Centre, Centerparcs de Vossemeren, Lommel, Belgium

Bosland, the largest forest and nature project in Flanders, was launched 10 years ago. A decade down the road we can look back on an impressive list of achievements of inclusive and sustainable forest management and governance. Although the core traditional forestry-related activities (timber, wood and biomass production) have been maintained and enhanced, a wide range of innovative approaches with a significant social and scientific benefits have been successfully developed in the past years. Bosland is a true example of successful multifunctional territorial development and integrated forest governance.

Bosland’s 10th Anniversary was the occasion to share the main achievements of our project with the world. Linked with the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, the conference programme not only celebrates the scale of the achievements, but also provides a platform for stimulating networking. Apart from the specific exchanges on inclusive territorial governance, sustainable forest management and science-based adaptive strategies, the programme also showcased innovative business case development in a challenging socio-economic environment.

All results of this conference can be found below and on the official project page here.

Day 1 - Wednesday 12 October 2016

- Agenda Passion For Nature Conference
- Welcome - Dries Gorissen (Bosland, Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos)
- Integrating biodiversity in local and regional development and gaining interest of multiple stakeholders - Savita Custead (Bristo Natural History Consortium)
- Energetic Landscape - Bart Paesen (Regionaal Landschap Lage Kempen)
- Opportunities for Nature & Society - Björn van den Boom (Natuurmonumenten)
- Synergie tussen wetenschap en praktijk vanuit een academisch standpunt- Kris Verheyen (Universiteit Gent)
- Lessons from Bankside – Building a passion for nature with businesses - Valerie Beirne (Better Bankside UK)
- Natura 2000 and forest management - Tommaso Sitzia (Universita degli Studi di Padova)

Day 2 - Thursday 13 October 2016

- Working together on local and regional partnerships for people and biodiversity - Hilde Eggermont (IUCN)
- Life and Land stewardship: lessons learned - Marc Villahur (Xarxa de custodia del territori)
- Strategy for a strong partnership between mining and biodiversity - Mark Stulens (Sibelco)
- The Parc Naturel du Luberon in France, an example of integration - Sophie Bourlon (Parc naturel du Luberon)
- FORBIO experiment: what are the benefits of tree species mixtures - Pieter Vangansbeke (Universiteit Gent)
- Do nightjars visit takeaway restaurants? - Ruben Evens (Universiteit Hasselt)
- Bosland - 10 Years of Passion for Nature - Dries Gorissen (Bosland, Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos)

Day 3 - Friday 14 October 2016

- Ways to mobilize enterprizes for nature - Bert De Somviele (Bos+)
- Integrated governance: mobilizing people for nature - Rik De Vreese (Bos+)
- Mobilizing people for nature - Joke Quintens (Procesbegeleider Dwarsdenkers)
- Ways to mobilize enterprizes for nature - Steven Vanonckelen (Vlaamse Overheid, Departement LNE)
- Creating awareness: stimulating interaction between young people and nature - Jelke Brandenhof (Teens for trees)

Conference - Bosland report & manifest

Please find the Passion For Nature conference documents here:

- Report
- Manifesto
- Abstract book
- Summary report