Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop
Dates: Monday 19 October - Wednesday 21 October 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain
As part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, Eurosite as a member of the contractor's team led by ECNC, organised this three day workshop, with the support of xct and Clive Hurford.
The workshop was attended by more than 50 people from many different nature conservation organisations, local authorities and other land trusts from all around Europe (UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Czech Republic).
During the first two days, the workshop addressed three main topics regarding conservation management and monitoring of Natura 2000 sites: the roles of new technologies in informing site management, species monitoring projects and habitat monitoring projects.
There was also a Knowledge Market where posters, books and leaflets on various projects were available to browse. The Knowledge Market was also a meeting point where experiences were shared and where opportunities for networking were found.
The workshop presentations and final report will be available to download here soon.
In Article 11 of the Habitats Directive, it is stated that Member States shall undertake surveillance of the conservation status of natural habitats and species, with particular regard to priority natural habitat types and priority species. There is a lack of knowledge about the conservation status of habitats and species and this is an issue that needs to be solved. Efficient monitoring can provide the data needed.
During the seminars and workshops of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process held so far it has been stressed that monitoring is still a key issue in most habitats. For example, for the Atlantic region (during the Atlantic Natura 2000 Workshop), inappropriate and ineffective monitoring was detected as one of the common problems faced in the management of all habitats across the biogeographical region. In particular, for heaths and bogs, monitoring linked to adaptive management could be a solution for the restoration of hydrological conditions. In the Atlantic Workshop report, identifying examples and providing training on monitoring of Natura 2000 areas are recommended, moreover, monitoring was recognised as a helpful tool for acquiring enough knowledge to carry out proper management of grazing.
During the Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar and Workshop monitoring was identified as a cross-cutting issue that could be covered by the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process and one of the most common problems encountered in the management of grasslands and coastal habitats within the region. Sharing of good examples and ideas on how to assign priorities in the context of monitoring were defined as subjects for future collaborations, particularly in forest habitats, to find a uniform methodology. In the Mediterranean Region, during the Kick-off Seminar in Thessaloniki, Greece, monitoring was identified as a consistent theme across all coastal habitats. Sharing knowledge on monitoring strategies was identified as an opportunity for cooperative action.
As can be seen, monitoring of habitats and species is a recurrent issue in the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, it is also an issue of high interest for Eurosite members and monitoring is a key part of the Habitats directive. For these reasons, Eurosite decide to organise a workshop on Natura 2000 monitoring.
From the point of view of Eurosite, an organisation of site managers, the integration of monitoring with management is key. Eurosite has previously organised workshops on monitoring Natura 2000, but the focus was on monitoring at country level. This workshop will focus on monitoring at site level with a particular emphasis on integrating monitoring with conservation management. A specific session on monitoring of habitats, a subject with many knowledge gaps, will be held, as well as a session on new technologies to make monitoring easier.
- To increased awareness of the new technologies available and the possibilities for increasing the effectiveness of monitoring and Natura 2000 site management;
- To showcase best practice examples of species and habitat monitoring projects;
- To develop recommendations for the integration of monitoring and management;
- To showcase the Ter River management programme as a best practice example.
The workshop will consist of 3 sessions: the roles of new technologies in informing site managers, species monitoring projects: examples of good practice, and habitat monitoring projects: examples of good practice. On the third day there will also be a field trip to discuss the challenges for monitoring and management with the managers of a local nature reserve.
More information about the event, including a social media flyer, and some suggestions for accomodation are available from the Eurosite's wrokshop page.