ECNC Update, Vol. 24, N 1

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Volume 24, № 1 – January 2017


Ecosystem services seminar presentations available online

ECNC’s Ben Delbaere presented the OpenNESS project is now available on the Eurosite website, along with the PowerPoint presentations and brief summaries of the other keynote speeches during the first day of the annual meeting.

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Brioni supports Healthy Seas

Italian menswear brand Brioni is providing support the Healthy Seas Initiative through the sale of sustainable notebooks in selected Brioni stores worldwide; 50% of the proceeds of the notebook sales will be donated to the initiative.

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Video message by Commissioner Vella in support of Healthy Seas

The Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr Karmenu Vella, has agreed to become an official Healthy Seas ambassador. He confirmed this by recording a video statement, underlining his active support for the work Healthy Seas does.


Thе video statement,YouTube, here>>

New French Agency for Biodiversity

The French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) became operational on 1 January 2017. The Agency brings together four existing organizations and comes under the Ministry of the Environment.

Visit the Agency’s website (in French) >>

UN Biodiversity Conference

At the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016, agreements were reached on actions to achieve the 2030.

For more information and outcomes visit the conference website>>

ALTER-Net team publishes paper on nature-based solutions

 A team drawn ALTER-Net partner organizations (including ECNC) has published a paper that considers the implications for science, policy and practice of the recently introduced concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).

The paper can be accessed here>>

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EU publishes starter’s guide to environmental directives

The EU has produced a starter’s guide to the main provisions of the five EU environmental directives: the Habitats Directive, the Birds Directive, the Water Framework Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and the Floods Directive.

More information here>>

2017 – International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, with some of its key areas focusing on resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change.

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ALTER-Net Conference 2017: Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs

2-5 May 2017, Ghent, Belgium

The conference will be a meeting place for scientists from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, local, regional and EU level policymakers and NGOs.

More information here>>


Nesshöver, C. et al. The science, policy and practice of nature-based solutions: An interdisciplinary perspective.  Science of The Total Environment 579, 1 February 2017:  1215–1227. Website address:

The authors of this paper reflect on the implications for science, policy and practice of the recently introduced concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).

See also the above article: “ALTER-Net team publishes paper on nature-based solutions”

Additional online resources

The Natura 2000 Communication Platform>>

The Healthy Seas website>>