06 – The Laws of Nature. Managing N2000 sites

Moderator: Michael Hosek, EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe

EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy: how it helps to PA managers, and vice versa?

This year, the European Commission approved the action plan aiming to improve implementation of the EU nature Directives including Natura 2000 conservation. The action plan is carried out between now and 2019.  Undoubtedly, it is the most important document for nature conservation in this period at all levels: EU, country, regional, and protected areas. Therefore, we will present the Action plan and its pillars/main actions, and discuss a role of protected areas in its implementation.

The opening presentation will be by the European Commission (EC) representative. The EC will present their expectations linked the implementation of the Action Plan at the EU countries level with a special focus on Protected Areas. The EC presentation will be followed by 2 case studies from the EU member states. The participants would have an opportunity to discuss a position of the EUROPARC Federation (Protected Area managers) to the plan and priorities in the implementation process.

EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

Micheal o’Briain, Deputy Head of Nature Unit DG Environment, European Commission (BE)

One of the most important document for nature conservation in this period at all levels: EU, country, regional, and protected areas. Therefore, we will present the Action plan and its pillars/main actions, and discuss a role of protected areas in its implementation.

Case Study#1

Olaf Ostermann, Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Department of Sustainable Development, Forestry and Nature Conservation (DE)

Towards the implementation of the EU Action Plan: example of German Länder Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Olaf Ostermann, representative of the Länder will give us some examples on how categories like National Parks, Biosphere Reserves and Nature Parks (that are in most cases identical with Natura 2000 areas) may bring added value to the implementation of Natura 2000 and thus contribute well to some of the priority areas and actions of the Action Plan.

Case Study#2

Marta Múgica, Director, EUROPARC Spain

Natura 2000 and the EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy: an overview from Europarc Spain perspective

Marta Múgica will present the main challenges for the effective implementation of Natura 2000 in Spain. With almost 28% of the country, and 3% of the seas contributing to the European network, some specific examples will be presented considering the priorities and actions included in the recent EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.