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18 January 2018

Fertő-Hanság Biogeographical process event

CEEweb for Biodiversity organized the Thematic Networking Event: Towards a shared ecological rationale for more integrated implementation of the Nature and Water Directives for all Biogeographical Region. The event was held at Fertő-Hanság National Park, Sarród, Hungary in 15-17th of November.
The main objective of the event was to provide a platform for a technical specialist discussion about better integration of decision-making processes and actions under the Birds and Habitats Directives (BD & HD) and Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the European Member states. A secondary objective was to initiate a technical specialist network on freshwater Natura habitats, which could be used to share knowledge and experience and improve decision-making. Twenty participants attended the event, representing non-/governmental institutions from 12 countries (Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, England, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Finland). A discussion paper was developed in advance of the meeting, which was used to help structure workshop discussions. The approach advocated by the paper is a greater focus on natural ecosystem function where this is possible and desirable, to help integrate the needs of individual Natura 2000 habitats and species in landscapes and generate biodiversity objectives that are most likely to align with water objectives. This type of approach is controversial in the context of the Nature Directives because much of our wildlife is now dependent on human modifications to the landscape of one sort or another (hydrological, chemical, physical, vegetation controls, population management).
You can find the executive summary here: Executive Summary You can find the full event report here: Event Report You can check the event details here.