Assessment and Management of Natura Freshwater Habitats
Dates: 9-11 November 2020
Type: Network event
Following-on from a cross-regional workshop in Hungary in 2017, concerted efforts have been made to develop a network of relevant freshwater contacts across EU Member States to help focus on tackling key generic issues associated with Natura freshwater habitats.
The November 2020 workshop aimed to build on this foundation, broadening the scope of discussion and growing the network by encouraging new members. The established network aimed to develop and deliver a roadmap for technical collaboration on freshwater habitats covered by the Habitats Directive - focussing specifically on ecological rationale, to help underpin consistent and effective management of the Natura 2000 network and achievement of favourable conservation status.
Specifically, the ISPRA workshop helped towards facilitating the completion of the draft principles document produced by the 2017 workshop, and broadened discussions to a range of technical work areas associated with monitoring, assessment and management of Natura freshwater habitats. Activities at the workshop included plenary sessions, presentations of case studies from Member States and LIFE projects, and group discussions on topical issues.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation this event was hosted online using MS Teams.
The event programme can be found here.
Information on the 2017 workshop in Hungary can be found here.
A document addressing the principles for a shared ecological rationale can be found here.
The workshop report can be found here.
Presentations from the event
- Background and workshop aims
- EU biodiversity strategy and freshwater_Vassen
- Restoring naturally functioning floodplains _Christiansen
- The draft principles document_Mainstone
- Guidelines for specific objectives of the WFD_Barile et al
- Importance of natural ecosystem function_Mainstone
- Focus on common strategic issues_Mainstone
- Habitat monitoring integration_Bianco et al
- Review of the EUNIS classification_Arts and Tryfon
- Predictive modelling of priority river habitat types_Mainstone
- River habitat evaluation and modelling_Vezza et al
- WFD river basin management plans_Rehklau
- New methods for biodiversity modelling_Bolpagni and Casella
- Ecological requirements of otters_Loy
- Main threats to freshwaters in Lithuania_Matuleviciute
- Driving forward rewilding initiatives_Kun
- Integration of Directives on Tiber Farfa Nature Reserve_D’Antoni et al
- LIFE ISAR project_Uhl
Posters from the event