European Policy & Natura 2000

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The work of Protected Areas across Europe makes a valuable contribution across several European Union policy areas, notably on nature and biodiversity through the management of much of the Natura 2000 network, as well as through sustainable and rural development. There are also many linkages to other areas of work that affect Protected Areas, such as agriculture, regional development and education. Through its Brussels office, EUROPARC ensures direct connection with European Institutions, including the EU Commission, the Council of Europe and the Committee of the Regions. We represent members interests at European level and actively contribute to the development of EU relevant policies, providing expertise, facilitating the exchange of experiences and driving the flow of information from and to our members.

Regular meetings with regional authorities and other institutions together with the representation of our members in various meetings, seminars and international conferences are also part of our daily work in Brussels. In particular EUROPARC works closely with the European Habitats Forum and is represented on the N2000 Expert Working group and the EU platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores.

Members with interests in these specialist areas are welcome to get in touch. Information arising from our representations, meetings and work with European institutions, will be regularly posted on our website, facebook and twitter feeds.

For more information on what EUROPARC is up to in Brussels or on any of the information below please contact Federico Minozzi.

The mid-term review of the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 was approved by the Comission on the 2nd october 2015, describing progress made in implementing the actions and achieving the targets set out in the strategy adopted in 2011. The report demonstrates that action on the ground, supported by adequate financing, can protect and restore nature and the benefits it provides. It aims to inform decision-makers of areas in which increased efforts are needed to meet the EU biodiversity objectives by 2020.

You can access the report here, and at BISE website (The Biodiversity Information System for Europe) it is also available an interactive presentation and a leaflet.