Passion for Nature – Biogeographical Seminar

Parc Naturel Regional Montaigne de Reims (FR) © Fanny Husson

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Which are the priorities for governance models in Natura 2000 sites? What is the link between nature and human dimensions such as tourism, human health, economic development or job creation?

On 12-14 October, in Lommel, Belgium, Natura 2000 sites managers will be exploring these dimensions and exchange solutions for the sustainable development of regions across Europe. The Biogeographic seminar “Passion for Nature” will focus on the subject of “Integrated Governance: Mainstreaming Opportunities for Nature & Society”, aiming at disseminating best practices and discuss new approaches that benefit nature and people.

working with people’s “Passion for Nature” enables us to position biodiversity, nature and ecosystem services as essential pillars for greening economies, as well as for innovation,

stated the Biogeographical organiser, Bosland (a statutory partnership between the municipalities of Hechtel-Eksel, Overpelt, and Lommel, the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forest, Regionaal Landschap Lage Kempen and Limburg Tourism). The Biogeographical Seminar is co-organised by the European Center for Nature Conservation and overlaps the Bosland‘s 10 years Anniversary Conference. The detailed programme is available here and it is an interesting opportunity to network with colleagues from around Europe, therefore, every Natura 2000 site managing authority is invited to participate, by clicking here

About the Biogeographical Process

In 2012, the European Commission launched the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process to help meeting the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. It is a multi-stakeholder cooperation process at the biogeographical level that includes seminars, workshops and cooperation activities aimed at enhancing the effective implementation, management, monitoring, financing and reporting of the Natura 2000 network. It is a process that “promotes the exchange of knowledge and cooperation on Natura 2000 management beyond national borders, within and between biogeographical regions”.

More information can be found here.