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15 May 2018

Sustainability in Europe conference

CEEweb organised a conference together with the Green Budget Europe and Green Cities under the auspices of People’s Budget on 15 May in Brussels.

High level speakers like European Commission’s Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, former Environmental Commissioner Janez Potocnik and MEPs spoke about the opportunities for making Europe sustainable and stepping up its efforts on fighting climate change. Klára Hajdu presented the European NGO position on the sustainability reform of the future EU budget also reflecting on the first proposal of the European Commission published earlier in the month.

The participants of the conference could also join the statement on mainstreaming sustainability pledges into the future EU budget on the spot.

16 April 2018

Hungarian NGOs discuss the future EU budget

Every year Hungarian environmental organisations gather to discuss and agree on positions related to several thematic issues from biodiversity, through nuclear energy to environmental education. This year’s event took place in Kalotaszentkirály-Zentelke, located in Transylvania, Romania between 12-15 April.

A separate session focused on the future EU budget, where several recommendations of the European People’s Budget campaign were also raised and discussed. Hungarian NGOs agreed on a common position, which was adopted in plenary on the last day of the event.

Read the Hungarian NGOs’ position on the future EU Budget in Hungarian here.

 

11 April 2018

CEEweb presents TRANSGREEN on the Danube international seminar

CEEweb has been present on Danube Ecological Corridor international seminar on 28th of March 2018 in the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary.

We presented our Green Infrastructure project: TRANSGREEN on one of the stands where participants of the event could learn about the project and CEEweb’s activities.

The seminar was co-organized by EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 6 (preserving biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils) and the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture.

The topics discussed during the event revolved around:

Trans-European Network for Green Infrastructure (TEN-G) – update from the EU commission on the work done already and plans ahead,

The intention of connecting protected areas in an Alpine-Danube-Carpathian ecological corridor (“ADC-NET”) – discussion on the current Interreg project tackling this topic and possibility of further development of this concept,

The intention for enhancing eco-tourism, establishing green jobs,

Possibilities of financing Green Infrastructure from the current financial structure.

Full agenda can be viewed here: http://greenfo.hu/uploads/programok/danube-ecological-corridor-programm.pdf

An article summarizing the event: http://eionet.kormany.hu/danube-ecological-corridor

10 April 2018

The Progressive Caucus meets civil society and also discusses a sustainable EU budget

On 10 April the Progressive Caucus -which represents MEPs from the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left in the European Parliament-, met again civil society representatives and discussed social, environmental, economic and governance issues with a view to a social transformation of Europe.

Under the name “Progressive Caucus Discusses with Civil Society: A New Scenario for Europe”, the event focused on summarizing those convergence points between the “Missing Scenario” -which had been elaborated by the Progressive Caucus’s Steering Committee, and since has been the subject of dialogue in a series of events- and the “Sixth Scenario: A Sustainable Europe for its Citizens”. The latter was prepared by the NGOs represented at the event -more than 250- and was presented at a previous Progressive Caucus’s event in December  2017.

One topic of the event was the sustainability reform of the future EU budget as proposed by the People’s Budget campaign, and how it can contribute to the sustainable development of Europe and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the event here.

 

 

22 August 2017

Educate 4 sustainable resources

Educating for sustainable resource use and raising awareness of related global justice is a challenge, which should start in primary school, if not earlier. As focused educational materials are scarce, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, we developed an educational toolkit within our Stop mad mining campaign, which will be presented to teachers from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic at national workshops. For the educational toolkit we took the car industry with its extensive supply chain as an example, which has high economic importance in all four countries, and presented the various global, regional, national and local aspects from economic, social and environmental points of view. The first teacher workshop will take place in Hungary on 29 August.

These activities are co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund and the European Union and implemented together with SCCD from Slovakia, IGO fom Poland and Glopolis from the Czech Republic.

26 July 2013

Natura 2000 management workshop in Bulgaria

CEEweb for Biodiversity jointly with Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and the European Environmental Bureau are organizing a workshop on Natura 2000 management with special focus on the Alpine Biogeographical Process, forest habitats and threats identification. The meeting will take place in Blagoevgrad, near the Rila mountain in Bulgaria on 12-14 September, 2013.
Participants of the workshop will represent several CEE counties (Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania) and some Western European countries too (Austria, Germany). The aim of the event is to discuss recent Natura 2000 isssues at policy level (e.g. designation, management regulation, the Priority Action Framework and the Art. 17 reporting process) as well as in practical terms. For the latter, main threats in management and different management options will be discussed focusing of some highlighted Alpine and forest habitats, building on practical experiences of the participants. Based on the discussion, a list of identified threats and management recommendations will be compiled and channeled into the Alpine Biogeographical Seminar as well as the EU discussion about the Natura 2000 forestry guidance.
Please find here the draft agenda of the meeting. For further information in terms of the event, please contact Ildikó Arany, project coordinator.

24 July 2013

IPBES Pan-European stakeholder meeting in Leipzig

On July 16-18, CEEweb participated in the IPBES Pan-European stakeholder meeting in Leipzig to provide input to the forming draft work programme and stakeholder engagement strategy.

IPBES – the ‘Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) – was created in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. This particular meeting in Leipzig, Germany aimed to involve stakeholders to formulate the main documents of the still forming platform, such as the draft work programme and the stakeholder engagement strategy.
The public review process is still open and if you are interested to provide comments to the documents, please do so based on the following’s link’s instruction by July 28:
Also please note that, there is going to be the second plenary of IPBES in December in Antalya, where stakeholders are also invited to take part:

20 April 2012

Running business in a resource constrained world

Running business in a resource constrained world – Workshop on possible solutions and cooperation between businesses and NGOs for Achieving EU targets on Resource Efficiency and Biodiversity

The EU Biodiversity Strategy foresees an increased mainstreaming of biodiversity in the business sector. This calls for innovative solutions and approaches, where it is possible to find common interests and goals for NGOs and businesses. The goal of the workshop that took place on 28 March in Brussels was to highlight these new approaches and discuss their pros and cons.

The first part focused strongly on the issue of resources and possible tools on how to reach
sustainable resource management and thus support the efforts to stop the loss of biodiversity.
Klára Hajdu (CEEweb for Biodiversity) pointed out the complex relationships between resource use and biodiversity loss, as well as the possible strategies of businesses to reduce the environmental impact of resource use. She stressed the need for systemic solutions for reducing resource use based
on the findings of the UNEP’s International Resource Panel’s Decoupling Report. See the presentation here.

Next Stefan Hörmann (GNF) underlined the importance of the relationship between business and biodiversity. Companies can play a significant role in biodiversity protection and can develop new business opportunities around ecosystem services. The presentation highlighted two emerging trends that are likely to become increasingly important: The „no net loss” initiative and corporate ecosystem valuation.

Lastly, Chris Boyd from the European Commission’s DG Environment, put the relation of resource use and biodiversity in a widerperspectiveand made special reference to the EU’s Strategy for Biodiversity to 2020.

In the ensuing discussion possible tools to promote resource efficiency were examined. First, (integrated) reporting is seen as crucial as it forces the companies to measure their impacts while at the same time they are held accountable. This also led to the second discussed topic, which was the integration of environmental aspects into financial accounting that can also be used by the financial industry to evaluate a company’s environmental performance. The energy quota scheme to limit non-renewable energy use in Europe was also presented, which could stimulate green investments and sustainable production and consumption through a revolving fund and a secondary market. Even though many different facets could be considered to create the perfecttoola conclusion of the workshop is that one should not wait for the perfecttooland start with what is available and improve them along the way while using the instruments in practice.

 

18 April 2012

Biodiversity training for NGOs

CEEweb organized a training on behalf of National Society of Conservationsists – Friends of the Earth Hungary and the Swiss Pro Natura on biodiversity with the support of the Swiss contribution. The training aimed to inform the Hungarian NGOs about international and national biodiversity policies through providing Swiss experience. The two-day training took place between 19-20 April in Gömörszőlős, Northern Hungary.

Photo: greenfo.hu

28 February 2012

Possibilities of land management integration into relevant EU policies

CEEweb for Biodiversity’s event, ‘Possibilities of land management integration into the Green Infrastructure Strategy and the 7th EAP – the Visegrad experience‘ took place on 27 March 2012, Brussels, at the Balassi Institute (1000 Brussels, Treurenberg 10.).

Green Infrastructure, land use and the assessment of ecosystem services are high on the biodiversity agenda now acknowledging the fact that unsustainable land- use practices are one of the number one causes for habitat fragmentation and destruction. The Visegrad Countries’ project titled as ‘Conservation of Natural Heritage of Visegrad Countries Through Saving Biodiversity In The Landscape’ aimed to focus on these issues and assessed the national green infrastructure elements in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Our main objective was to provide information on the recent status of these elements and to offer recommendations for the development of Green Infrastructure and other relevant policies at national and EU level.

With the conference, our purpose was to introduce the outcomes of our Visegrad experience with its relevancy for the Green Infrastructure Strategy and the 7th EAP, to give up-to-date information on related strategies and policies, and to bound and discuss these topics under the egis of sustainable land use and land management.

The event brought together public officers, policy makers, non- governmental organizations, players from the academic world and Visegrad countries’ representatives – active in the field of land use – to share and discuss experience and inspire new ways of thinking for a more sustainable land management in light of various EU initiatives. Find the invitation and the Agenda here.

We also like to kindly draw your attention to the ‘Mirror to the world’ exhibition, which can be visited at the Balassi institute in Brussels until 23rd April and largely reflects on our actual topic and further questions on sustainability, and where we are all invited to take part within the frame of the opening celebration.

To find out more about the project visit also the website of the project.

This event was supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Balassi Institute.

Photo source: freedigitalphotos.net