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Second Alpine Natura 2000 Seminar

Dates: 21 – 23 June 2017

Location: Padova, Italy

Host: Department TESAF, University of Padova

The Second Alpine Seminar was hosted by the TESAF department of the University of Padova (Department of land, environment, agriculture and forestry). The Seminarprovided an opportunity for Natura 2000 experts across the Alpine region to discuss the forms of joint actions and concrete areas of cooperation which can be developed to optimise the contribution of Natura 2000 to achieving the favourable conservation status of Alpine habitats and species of Community importance.

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process has continued to develop and evolve, and strategic orientations for its future development have been discussed in various groups and committees. The second Alpine Natura 2000 Seminar will discuss the practical implementation of the orientations that have been formulated.

In order to help re-focus the work, this seminar was organised around four large thematic clusters. The four 'Habitat Working Groups' of the previous Alpine Seminar have been replaced by four 'Thematic Working Groups' corresponding to the following thematic clusters:

  • Setting conservation status, objectives and priorities (setting restoration priorities, including the 'low hanging fruit' approach, interpretation of habitats, favourable reference values, etc.)
  • Conservation measures and their effectiveness (approaches to integrated planning, effective Natura 2000 governance structures, participatory approaches, etc.)
  • Monitoring and evaluation (ways to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation measures, etc.)
  • Addressing pressures & threats to Alpine habitats and species (ways to assess and mitigate negative impacts, dealing with ecological connectivity, etc.).

It was of course still possible to address specific issues related to the 'top 20' Alpine habitat types and habitats defined as Low Hanging Fruit under the four thematic clusters.

Participation was only possible by invitation.

It was a very successful Seminar and big thanks should be given to the host, Department TESAF, for its huge contribution to the scientific and logistical organisation of the event.

Second Alpine Natura 2000 Seminar

Background information

The input documents and final report can be found here.

Plenary presentations:

  1. Seminar Opening Session
  2. Intro Presentation Francois Kremer
  3. Site Visits
  4. Lhf Mora Aronsson
  5. Italian Handbook Laura Casella.pptx
  6. Integrating Directives Werner Rehklau
  7. Grassland Management Matthias Dolek
  8. Landcare Associations Marie Kaerlein
  9. Developing Objectives And Indicators For N2k Clive Hurford
  10. Life Programme Blanca Saez Lacave
  11. Life Programme Joao Pedro Silva
  12. Results-based approaches to ‘deliver’ biodiversity in Ireland Andy Bleasdale
  13. Site-specific conservation objective setting for Natura 2000 sites in Ireland Rebecca Jeffrey