Subject: Invitation: Webinar "The EU Habitats Directive: from theory to practice"

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14th February 2017, 16:00 (CET)

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Can we learn with each other, sparing time and money? We believe so. 
The EUROPARC Federation is very proud to invite you to participate in its first webinar! Join it it from any place: you will just need a device with internet connection.

EUROPARC Webinars will be a good opportunity to share good practices and learn with your peers from across Europe: in each edition we will have an expert in the subject and two practical examples arising from EUROPARC network.

Webinars are open not only to members but to everyone with an interest in Protected Areas. Participation is free, but you need to register first! Register today!

The EU Habitats Directive: from theory to practice
On the 1st EUROPARC webinar, we will explore how is the EU Policy being implemented in Natura 2000 sites, with a special focus on the Habitats Directive. This Directive ensures the conservation of a wide range of rare, threatened or endemic animal and plant species. 

During the webinar, we will look at an important tool, the Appropriate Assessment framework (Article 6.3-4 Habitats Directive) and share two case studies, from a Park perspective and from a Ministry level.

The webinar is jointly organised by EUROPARC Federation and EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe and will be moderated by Michael Hošek, Coordinator of the Section.

Michael was in charge of the Natura 2000 implementation in Czech Republic between 2005-2013 and has been still active in the topic not only in the EU countries, but also in the EU candidate and associated countries.

Krkonoše Mountains National Park, Czech Republic
Case Study 1

A hundred times nothing killed the donkey

by Stanislav Březina, Krkonoše Mountains National Park, Czech Republic

The title of the case study is a Czech proverb describing the situation when a considerable change is a result of gradual (and often long-term) accumulation of many negligible changes. Mountain meadows in SCI Krkonoše are metaphorically the donkey from the proverb.

Their area is being reduced steadily and considerably by house-building. Individual houses are usually small, they do not concentrate in large areas and the total area of meadows is still large. Therefore, it is difficult to convince public about the necessity of appropriate regulation.

The case study shows (i) basic facts about reduction of area of mountain meadows in the SCI Krkonoše and (ii) methodological approach of its regulation in the frame of Approppriate Assessment.

Hortobagy National Park, Hungary
Case Study 2 

The Appropriate Assessment in Hungary

András Schmidt, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary

How is Hungary following the Appropriate Assessment? 

András will share an overview of the process from a Governmental-level perspective and will share two concrete cases in a National Park and in a Natura 2000 site, that have requested for the European Commission’s opinion.

More information about the Article 6
The Article 6 is one of the most important in the Habitats Directive, as it defines how Natura 2000 sites are managed and protected by:
- requiring Member States to take appropriate conservation measures and avoid activities that can damage habitats;
- laying down the procedure to be followed when planning new developments that might affect a Natura 2000 site. 

Visit the EU Commission website for more information..

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