European Platforms & EUROPARC

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EUROPARC Federation established close partnerships with several organisations in Brussels that have similar or complementary objectives. These coalitions facilitate the policy monitoring process by sharing interesting information and discussing hot topics. Do you want to learn more on European Platforms & EUROPARC? Y

Together we are stronger. Cooperation is the key.

European Habitat Forum – EHF

EHF gathers more than 20 European Nature conservations organisations. This forum aims to debate and provide recommendations regarding the development and implementation of the European Policies on biodiversity and nature in general. The main objective is to influence policies and ensure that the EU europe maintains significant efforts in terms of biodiversity. Discussing and debating together, we coordinate our actions through advocacy and joint initiatives. The Forum provides advice and knowledge on relevant issues to the Commission and is represented in various fora, including the Commission’s Expert Groups, the Coordination Group on Biodiversity and Nature and the Nature Directors meetings.

EHF provide recommendations for the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy. Have a look here!!!

EHF members:

A Rocha, BatLife Europe, BirdLife International, Buglife-The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation Europe, CEEweb for Biodiversity, ClientEarth, EUROPARC Federation, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Natural Heritage Foundation (Euronatur), Eurosite, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Reptile Amphibian Conservation Europe (RACE), Rewilding Europe, Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH), Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), The Nature Conservancy Europe (TNC Europe), Wetlands International (WI), WWF European Policy Office (WWF EPO).

For further information on EHF, we invite you to visit the website of IUCN, in charge of the Secretariat, or contact Stefania Petrosillo stefania.petrosillo_at_europarc.org

The EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores

The EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores is a grouping of organisations representing different interests groups which have agreed a joint mission to :

To promote ways and means to minimize, and wherever possible find solutions to, conflicts between human interests and the presence of large carnivore species, by exchanging knowledge and by working together in an open-ended, constructive and mutually respectful way

In recognition of the challenges arising from the conservation of large carnivores in the European Union, the European Commission has established a Large Carnivore Initiative. Following discussions with stakeholders, it has been decided to establish a dedicated EU Platform on Large Carnivores in order to provide a framework for structured dialogue among stakeholders on the issues arising from co-existence of people and large carnivore. 

In June 2014, high-level representatives of a range of stakeholder organisations, among them EUROPARC, and the European Commission signed an agreement on the key principles of engagement in the activities of the Platform.

Since then several other organisations have joined the Platform.

The species of concern are the brown bear, the wolf, the Eurasian lynx and the wolverine.

See the official website: EU Platform on Coexistence between people and large carnivores.

Other International platforms

EUROPARC also works actively in and with with the following groups:

-Sustainable Food and Farming Platform (SFFP), a network of organisations acting on agriculture and sustainable food production.

-CAP NGOs Working Group, in the framework of the SFFP, that brings together in Brussels the main NGOs with an interest on CAP reform.

-The EU Food Policy Coalition works towards policy integration and alignment at the EU-level to facilitate the transition to sustainable food systems. The Coalition provides the debating space to discuss policies and, sometimes, carry out joint activities.