ECNC Update, Vol. 23, N 3

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Volume 23, № 3 – April 2016


Symposium ‘Biodiversity in the Netherlands, one step beyond’

Rob Wolters, ECNC’s Executive Director, delivered a ‘setting the scene’ speech at the European symposium ‘Biodiversity in the Netherlands, one step beyond’, held at Eemlandhoeve, in Bunschoten-Spakenburg, the Netherlands on 13 April 2016. Full story


Successful primary school pilot about turtles and ghost nets

Together with partner Herpetofauna, Healthy Seas has set up an awareness and fundraising programme about turtles and the threats they face – mainly focusing on ‪‎ghost gear. Herpetofauna is a Dutch foundation with the main objective to protect reptiles and amphibians and their immediate environment.

The organizers hope to repeat this programme at many more schools in the future. Full story


ECNC and Lithuanian Government preparing the Second Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar

ECNC representatives met with representatives of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and the National Visitors’ Centre of Protected Areas in Vilnius on 14 April 2016. The goal of this meeting was to discuss the arrangements in preparation for the Second Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar, which will be hosted there by the Lithuanian government at the beginning of October. Full story


Oppla – virtual hub for latest on nature-based solutions

The Oppla is virtual hub of knowledge about nature-based solutions from across Europe This project is currently in development, full launch will in September 2016. More than 60 universities, research institutes, agencies and enterprises are currently developing the Oppla…


Announcing the EEA ‘My City’ photo competition

The European Environment Agency (EEA) organizes the competition focuses different environmental issues in cities. The ‘My City’ photo competition invites people from across Europe to share what their urban environment means for them. Submission deadline: 15 August 2016 at 23:59 CEST. Full story


Odra Delta Nature Park – testing new business models

Mr Kazimierz Rabski, director of Odra Delta Nature Park in Poland, met with representatives of ECNC and Eurosite оn 11 April 2016. ECNC and Eurosite will assist in profiling the Park as a pilot for testing new business models for financing park operations and conservation and restoration activities. Full story


European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 –  Helping nature to help us

19-23 September 2016, Antwerp University, Belgium

Call for abstracts and stands. You can submit an abstract for a presentation, a poster or a stand at the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016 from 1 April to 15 May 2016. Full story


People 4 Soil initiative

Legambiente (League for the Environment) launched ‘People 4 Soil’ in 2015, a campaign to promote a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) aimed at introducing specific legislation on soil protection in the EU. Find out more and read the position paper on the People 4 Soil website. Follow the initiative on Facebook. Full story


Finalists of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award announced

The European Commission has announced the 24 finalists of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award. The Jury is currently deciding on the winners of each of the five category awards. The winner of the Citizens’ Award will be chosen by the public. You can cast your vote until 8 May 2016. Full story


11th ALTER-Net Summer School – Biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable management of socio-ecosystems

7-17 September 2016, Peyresq, France

The 11th annual ALTER-Net Summer School, a unique opportunity for an intensive course on the science, policy and practice of European biodiversity and ecosystem services. The Summer School is open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from the ALTER-Net network partners and universities in Europe.

Deadline for applications 29 April 2016. Full story