The European Commission organised a conference on ‘Promoting Natura 2000 & sustainable wildlife use’ which took place on the 17th - 18th November 2009 in Brussels.
This conference promoted greater involvement of the hunters' and anglers' community in the implementation of the ‘Birds’ and ‘Habitats’ Directives and in the conservation and management of Natura 2000 sites. It also encouraged dialogue with a view to promote co-operation between organisations and stakeholders concerned with nature conservation and sustainable use. Besides the current EU debate on biodiversity, European showcase projects (initiated by institutions, organisations or local people) in the field of communication and local management were presented.
The conference brought together wildlife users, land managers, representatives of national Ministries of Environment, international conservation NGOs, representatives from European institutions and scientists from 20 European countries.
Conference conclusions and recommendations
List of participants
Maps and directions
Field trip information
Stefan Leiner, Acting Head of Unit ENV.B.3 Nature, DG Environment, European Commission
- Why a conference on promoting Natura 2000 and Sustainable Wildlife Use?
Konstantin Kreiser, EU Policy Manager, BirdLife International
- A biodiversity rescue plan for the EU
Angus Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, FACE
- From policy to action
Andreas Baumüller, Biodiversity Policy Officer, WWF European Policy Office
- Future challenges of Natura 2000
Tamas Marghescu, former Director of IUCN Regional Office for Europe
- Collaboration to success
Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary-General, ELO
- Natura 2000: The landowners’ view
Chantal Van Ham, IUCN Regional Office for Europe
- An assessment of the Sustainable Hunting Initiative
Stoycho Stoychev, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB)
- The Establishment of Natura 2000 network in Bulgaria - common challenge for hunting and conservation organisations
Laurent Courbois, FDC Languedoc Roussillon
- Natura 2000, hunters and rural stakeholders in Languedoc-Roussillon: participatory communication and awareness raising
Carolina Lasen Diaz, Council of Europe
- European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity
Robert Kenward, European Sustainable Use Specialist Group (ESUSG) of IUCN
- Transactional Environmental Support System
Camilla Næss, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
- HUNTing for sustainability
Manuel de Tillesse, Service public de Wallonie - DGARNE - DNF - Direction de la chasse et de la pêche
– Sustainable management of wildlife Estates
Ian Danby, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
- UK Hunters delivering biodiversity targets, increasing connectivity and providing wildlife with the flexibility it requires to adapt to a changing climate
Neil Jacobson, The Crown Estate
- Managing hunting and recreational angling in the UK on Natura 2000 sites owned by The Crown Estate
Jan Kappel, European Anglers Alliance (EAA)
- LIFE-project „Huchen Wachau"
Nuno Mendes Calado, União da Floresta Mediterrânica (UNAC)
- Cork oaks - best examples on Natura 2000 sites
For more information please contact Gabor von Bethlenfalvy firstname.lastname@example.org.